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Financial Aid - Direct Loan Information

Information for the following may be found below:

 

Deadlines for Direct Loan Applications

Term Deadline
Fall 9th Friday of Semester
Spring 9th Friday of Semester
Summer 6th Friday of Semester

No Loan Offer Requests, Revision Requests or Parent PLUS Applications will be processed if submitted the Friday of the noted weeks above. *No Exceptions*

 

 Interest Rates

 

Type of Loan Interest Rate
Direct Subsidized- Undergraduate 2.75%
Direct Unsubsidized- Undergraduate 2.75%
Direct Parent PLUS Loans 5.30%

 

Types of Direct Loans We Offer

  • Subsidized: for students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by federal regulations. No interest is charged while a student is in school at least half-time, during the grace period, and during deferment periods.
  • Unsubsidized: not based on financial need; interest is charged during all periods, even during the time a student is in school and during grace and deferment periods.
  • PLUS: unsubsidized loans for the parents of dependent students and for graduate/professional students. PLUS loans help pay for education expenses up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance. Interest is charged during all periods.
  • Consolidation: Eligible federal student loans can be combined into one Direct Consolidation Loan. In most situations, consolidation loans should only be borrowed if you have multiple loan servicers and you have completed your academic studies. Consolidation Loansare available through http://www.studentaid.gov

Student borrowers are not required to begin making payments until after they drop below half-time attendance.
Your school will tell you how much you may borrow and the types of loans your are eligible to receive. The information below will give you an idea of how much you may be eligible to receive.

Note: PLUS loan borrowers cannot have an adverse credit history (a credit check will be done).

When Applying for a Loan Consider the Following:

Get an idea of your monthly loan payments after you graduate, take a look at our repayment calculator

If you wish to adjust your aid, please submit a "Revision Request" form, accessible via your myEGSC, online form tab.

 

Direct Subsidized Loan Limits

Time Limitation on Direct Subsidized Loan Eligibility for First-Time Borrowers

 

Aggregate and Aid Year Loan limits


The maximum amount you can borrow each year in Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans depends on your grade level and on whether you are a dependent student or an independent student. The following table shows the maximum amount of money you may borrow each academic year in Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans as well as the total or aggregate amount you may borrow:

Direct Stafford Loan Limits
(Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
  Undergraduates
Dependent Independent*
1st year
(0 - 29 credits)
$3,500 Subsidized Loan
$2,000 Unsubsidized Loan
$3,500 Subsidized Loan
$6,000 Unsubsidized Loan
2nd Year
(30 - 59 credits)
$4,500 Subsidized Loan
$2,000 Unsubsidized Loan
$4,500 Subsidized Loan
$6,000 Unsubsidized Loan
3rd & 4th year  
(60+ credits in a  
Bachelors Program)  
$5,500 Subsidized Loan
$2,000 Unsubsidized Loan
$5,500 Subsidized Loan
$7,000 Unsubsidized Loan
Aggregate $31,000
($23,000 from Subsidized Loans)
$57,500
($23,000 from Subsidized Loans)

* Dependent students whose parents are denied the PLUS Loan are able to borrow Direct Loans at the independent student level.

Students who do not demonstrate financial need for the Subsidized Loan may borrow up to the combined annual Direct Loan limit of the Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans from the Unsubsidized Loan only.

 

The actual loan amount you are eligible to receive for an academic year is determined by your school and may be less than the maximum annual amounts shown in the chart above. The aggregate limits include both Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and any subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford Loans received through the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program.
With a Direct PLUS Loan, a graduate/professional student or the parent of a dependent student can borrow up to the cost of the student's attendance minus other financial aid the student receives.

 

Credit Check & Endorser Alternative

When you apply for a Direct PLUS Loan, the Department will check your credit history. To be eligible to receive a PLUS loan, you must not have an adverse credit history. If you are determined to have an adverse credit history, you may still receive a Direct PLUS Loan if you obtain an endorser who does not have an adverse credit history. An endorser is someone who agrees to repay the Direct PLUS Loan if you do not repay the loan. If you are a parent borrowing on behalf of your dependent student, the endorser may not be the student on whose behalf a parent obtains a Direct PLUS Loan. In some cases, you may also be able to obtain a Direct PLUS Loan if you document to our satisfaction that there are extenuating circumstances related to your adverse credit history.

 

Entrance Counseling

Except for parent Direct PLUS Loan borrowers, if you haven't previously received a loan, you must complete entrance counseling before your school can make the first disbursement of your loan. This helps you to understand your rights and  responsibilities regarding your student loan.  East Georgia State College requires students to complete the Entrance Counseling on-line.

 

The Master Promissory Note

 

To take out a Direct Loan for the first time, you must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at http://www.StudentAid.gov . The MPN is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to the Department. It also explains the terms and conditions of your loan(s).

To complete an MPN online, you will be required to use your Department of Education Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID) user name and password. If you do not have an FSAID, you may request one from the Federal Student Aid FSA ID site.

A parent borrower must also request an FSA ID from the Federal Student Aid site to use when completing a PLUS MPN.

At East Georgia State College you must  fill out a new MPN each year for future loans you receive.

You'll receive a disclosure statement that gives you specific information about any loan that the school plans to disburse under your MPN, including the loan amount, fees, and the expected disbursement dates and amounts.

 

Exit Counseling

Exit counseling sessions are required of all borrowers of federal and University-administered student loan programs. Exit counseling provides you with information regarding the rights and responsibilities of a borrower and a lender/servicer. You learn about repayment, deferment, and cancellation of your loan. These sessions prepare you to be responsible and effective in repayment of your educational loans.

You are required to complete Exit Counseling when you:

  • are about to graduate
  • leave the University (even if it is just temporary)
  • drop your registration below half-time enrollment
  • transfer to another institution or leave for a National Student Exchange (NSE) experience.

How to complete Exit Loan Counseling:


 

Student Loan Repayment Information

 

Identifying Your Student Loan Service

Loan servicers are organizations contracted with the U.S. Department of Education (who owns your student loans) to assist students in the repayment of their student loan obligations.  You can find out who you student loan servicer is by;

  1. Calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4FEDAID (1-800-433-3243), or
  2. Through the StudentAid.gov website at https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/repayment/servicers

Additional Loan Information


 

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