Federal Direct Student
Loans- Beginning 2013-2104
The Direct Loan interest rates for 2013-14 are fixed as follows:
- 3.86% for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans for undergraduate students;
- 5.41% for Direct Unsubsidized Loans for graduate/professional students; and
- 6.41% for parent and graduate PLUS Loans.
These interest rates are effective for all Direct Loans with a first disbursement on or after July 1, 2013. The interest rates are calculated using a base 10-year Treasury Note Index of 1.81% plus an add-on amount for each loan program--2.05% for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans for undergraduate students, 3.60% for Direct Unsubsidized Loans for graduate/professional students, and 4.60% for parent and graduate PLUS.
Under the new interest rate structure, all Direct Loans except Direct Consolidation Loans will be “variable-fixed,” meaning students would receive a new rate with each new loan, but then that rate would be fixed for the life of the loan. There are also interest rate caps at 8.25% for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans for undergraduate students, 9.50% for Direct Unsubsidized Loans for graduate/professional students; and 10.50% for parent and graduate PLUS. For Direct Consolidation Loans, the interest rate remains the weighted average of the interest rates of the loans included in the consolidation, rounded up to the next higher one-eighth of one percent, without a cap.
Federal Direct Student
Loans- Beginning 2012-2103
Direct Subsidized Direct Loan- $3500.00 for first year
students enrolled in a program that is a full academic year program. Repayment
begins six months after student drops to less than half time status; student
has up to 10 years to repay. Current interest rate is 0% in-school (subsidized
by federal government) and beginning July 1, 2012, 6.8% during as soon as the student drops below 6 credits. Repayment begins 6 months later.
- Federal Direct
Unsubsidized Direct Loan- Same amounts as Subsidized
loan; if student is not eligible to receive funds from the Subsidized
Direct Loan, limit cannot exceed $5500.00. Beginning in July 1, 2013 the interest rate is 6.8% and will accrue during in-school and
six-month grace periods.
- Federal Direct Parent
Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)- Annual loan limit is the dependent
student`s cost of education minus any estimated financial aid received. Repayment
begins within sixty days of disbursement, or six months after student drops to less than half time status with up to ten years to repay. Beginning July 1, 2013 the interest rate is 7.9%.
ALTERNATIVE STUDENT LOANS
- Alternative Loans - Alternative loans should be a last resort for students whose financial aid package already includes Direct Loans and other sources of financial aid and still needs additional funding to meet their educational costs. Annual loan limit is the cost of education minus any estimated financial aid received. Eligibility is determined by the lender. The borrower may need to be credit worthy and have established annual income, or need a co-signer. Feel free to use the Word Wide Web or contact your personal banker to learn about Privarte Alternative Loans.