Federal loans provided through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program are referred to as Direct Loans because the federal government — through the U.S. Department of Education — is the lender. Unlike grants, student loans are borrowed money that you are legally obligated to repay, with interest.
You must maintain an enrollment status of at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loans. Additionally, all first-time Direct Loan borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling before funds will be disbursed. Repayment begins after a six-month grace period following graduation, withdrawal from school or enrollment of less than half-time.
Direct Loans include the following:
Parents may borrow Direct PLUS Loans to help pay for the educational expenses of their dependent undergraduate children (as determined by the FAFSA). Additionally, graduate and professional degree students may obtain PLUS Loans to help pay for their own education. PLUS Loans are not need-based, but applicants must not have an adverse credit history or they may be required to obtain an endorser who does not have an adverse credit history.
Generally, repayment of PLUS loans begins immediately following disbursement, unless the borrower obtains a deferment. The maximum annual amount for PLUS loans is equal to the student’s cost of attendance minus other financial aid received.
Current interest rates, as well as annual and aggregate loan limits, for the federal loans described above may be found at www.studentaid.ed.gov.
For more information about FSA programs, see www.studentaid.ed.gov or call the FSA Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). For additional questions regarding other financial assistance opportunities that may be available to you, please contact University of Arkansas Grantham’s Office of Financial Aid at 866-850-2980 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.