Loans are awarded after they have been packaged for Federal Work-Study and, if applicable, any departmental funds. Graduate students are only eligible for non-need-based federal loans.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
are offered to any student who has completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A student will qualify for a direct unsubsidized loan regardless of their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). on a direct unsubsidized loan accumulates while a student is enrolled in graduate courses. Interest that is not paid while the borrower is enrolled will be capitalized and added to the principal at the time of repayment. Direct unsubsidized loans need to be repaid after a student has graduated or drops below half-time enrollment (4.5 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and 3 credit hours during the summer).
Annual and aggregate loan limits apply. For information on annual/aggregate Stafford Loan limits, please visit the United States Department of Education’s page on .
Accepting a Federal Direct Unsubsidized LoanPlease use the following guide if you would like to borrow this loan:
Federal Direct PLUS Loan
are available to graduate students enrolled in at least 4.5 credit hours (i.e. “half-time”). The student is responsible for the that accrues immediately upon the PLUS Loan disbursement. Interest may be paid quarterly while the student is enrolled at least half-time, or the student may elect to defer all interest payments until the completion of their degree program. If this option is chosen, interest will be capitalized and added to the principal at the time of repayment. For more information, students should contact their loan servicer.
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or an who is not in default on a student loan. Applicants are subject to a credit check. Denied applicants may seek an . Students should note that their award package will not automatically include the Direct PLUS Loan.
Disbursement InformationIn order for the Graduate PLUS Loan to disburse to a student's account, the student must accept the award on the portal. Additionally, the student will need to complete the following steps in order for the loan to memo or disburse to their student account.
- Complete the *
- Sign a
- Complete a PLUS Loan Request Form so that your loan may be added to your account. To access this form in your Financial Aid Dashboard, follow the steps listed in the following guide:
The Department of Education will send the Office of Financial Aid a report indicating the completed requirements for the Graduate PLUS Loan. This information will reflect as “Satisfied” on the portal.** When these steps are finalized, the accepted loans will disburse to the student's account.
*Not all students are approved for a Graduate PLUS Loan. The PLUS Loan is a credit-based award.
**The disbursement process noted above takes up to one week for our office to process.