William D. Ford Direct Loan Program
The University participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, in which borrowers obtain loan funds directly from the U.S. Department of Education.
Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
Direct Loan Program - Students who file a FAFSA and enroll at least half-time may qualify for a Direct Loan, which is a long-term, low-interest loan.
Undergraduate students who demonstrate need, according to the federal need analysis formula, may qualify for a subsidized Direct Loan. The federal government pays the interest on the subsidized loan while the student is enrolled at least half-time. Students who do not qualify for a subsidized Direct Loan may be eligible for an unsubsidized Direct Loan. Interest accumulates on the unsubsidized loan while the student is enrolled and throughout the repayment period.
The interest rate for subsidized and unsubsidized loans is fixed at:
|2019-2020||4.53% for loans first disbursed after 7/1/2019|
Repayment of the principal for both subsidized* and unsubsidized Direct Loans begins six months after the borrower ceases to be enrolled at least half-time.
*President Obama signed into law the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 which affects the grace period for subsidized loans. Subsidized Direct loans that first disburse on or after July 1, 2012 will not be subsidized during the grace period. Interest will accrue on subsidized loans once a student graduates. Students will still have a 6 month grace period before beginning repayment.
First-time borrowers must complete two requirements to accept federal Direct loans. Entrance Counseling provides information on the rights and responsibilities of the student borrower. The loan agreement/master promissory note is the student's legal promise to repay the loan money borrowed. Both items can be completed at www.studentloans.gov.
The following charts outline the annual and aggregate amounts students may borrow from the Federal Direct Loan Program (subsidized and unsubsidized combined):
|Year||Dependent Students||Independent Students|
Federal Subsidized Student Loan Borrowing Limitations
As of July 1, 2013, a first-time federal subsidized Direct student loan borrower is no longer eligible for the subsidized Direct loan program if he or she exceeds 150% of the published length necessary to graduate from an undergraduate degree program.
In addition, a borrower that reaches the 150% limit becomes ineligible for the interest subsidy benefit on all federal subsidized Direct loans disbursed to the borrower on or after July 1, 2013.
Congress wants to encourage students to obtain an undergraduate degree within a reasonable time frame. Students who change majors multiple times, drop classes excessively, or retake several classes will most likely be affected by Public Law 121-141.
Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) - Parents of dependent undergraduate students may borrow a PLUS loan on behalf of their child. The applicant must be the biological or adoptive parent; in some situations a stepparent may apply. PLUS loans have a fixed interest rate of 7.6 percent for disbursements after July 1, 2018. There is a 4.264 percent origination and guarantee fee. Repayment of principal and interest begins 60 days after the final annual disbursement of the loan. Other repayment options are available - check with the loan servicer for information.
To apply*, a parent must submit a PLUS loan request and loan agreement/master promissory note (MPN) online at www.studentloans.gov. The Office of Student Financial Services will process requests beginning in May for Summer periods of enrollment and in June for Fall periods of enrollment. Once processed an email will be sent to the student, directing them to check their award online. The Department of Education will notify the parent if they are approved or denied. The suggested deadline to submit a PLUS loan request is June 30th, for the upcoming Fall semester. This should allow enough time for the loan to be certified (if approved) and for it to appear on the Fall billing statement.
If a parent is denied there are two options for loan funding. The student may borrow an additional $4000 (first year and sophomore students) or $5000 (junior and senior students) from the unsubsidized Direct loan program. Or, the parent can choose to have a credit-worthy individual endorse the PLUS loan. Instructions will be sent to the parent about endorsing a PLUS loan. The Office of Student Financial Services will automatically award the additional unsubsidized loan amount to the student's award when a PLUS loan is denied and the parent will not be pursuing the PLUS loan. Students have the right to reduce or decline the additional unsubsidized loan.
*For Summer periods of enrollment, parents should complete the PLUS application and master promissory note May 1st or afterwards. For Fall and Spring periods of enrollment, parents should complete the PLUS application and MPN June 1st or afterwards. A credit check will be done once a parent applies; the credit is valid for 180 days. If approved, the loan must disburse before the credit check expires.
Borrowing From the Federal Plus Loan Program
Code of Conduct
Xavier University is committed to providing the best possible customer service to our students and their families. It is our goal to provide information and advice, in keeping with federal requirements, which is determined by consideration of the best interests of our students and their parents. To ensure that students and their families continue receiving impartial advice from the financial aid personnel, and to avoid the potential for, or appearance of, conflicts of interest regarding student loans, Xavier University shall abide by a Code of Conduct in its relationships with lenders, guarantors and servicers of education loans.
Various alternative loans are available for students who need additional financial assistance. We strongly recommend that students utilize federal loans before considering alternative loan options. Alternative loans are commercial loans which usually require a credit check and/or credit worthy co-signer. The interest rates can be fixed or variable.
We have included several lenders on our alternative loan list. They were selected on the basis of their loan fees, rates/terms, and customer service. Please note that Xavier will process an alternative loan from any lender. The amount requested cannot exceed the cost of attendance minus other financial aid sources. Additional Information on alternative loans and lenders is available online at the FastAlt Solutions website.
Students who decide to apply for an alternative loan will do so directly on the lender's web site. The lender will notify us if the student has been approved. If a loan has been approved, a staff member in the Office of Student Financial Services will certify the loan (as long as the student has enrolled for classes). Loan funds will disburse to the student's account 5-7 days before the start of classes.
It typically takes 2-3 weeks for the loan application and school certification process. The suggested deadline for students to submit an alternative loan for the Fall semester is June 30th, for the upcoming Fall semester. This should allow enough time for the loan to be certified (if approved) and to appear on the Fall billing statement.
Many financial institutions will lend money on the equity in the family's home. The interest on these loans is normally one and one-half to two points higher than the prime rate, and the interest is usually deductible on your tax return. Contact a financial institution for specific information and an application.