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Federal Student Loans

Student loans are the major form of self-help aid available to KSC students who are enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking program (six credits per semester for undergraduates or a Department of Education approved certificate program).

Acceptance of all Federal Student Loans reflected on your Award Letter is assumed. If you wish to decline any or all of the loans offered to you, please sign and return your Award Letter to our Office with your adjustments.

The U.S. government is the lender under this Direct Loan program. Questions? Visit our FAQ page.

  1. Types of Direct Student Loans
  2. Requirements
  3. 2014-2015 Direct Loan Interest Rates
  4. Limits

Types of Direct Student Loans

Subsidized Federal Direct loans are awarded on the basis of financial need as determined by an analysis of the FAFSA. This loan is available to undergraduate students only. Interest is not charged during periods of at least half-time enrollment.

You can find more information about interest rates for loans at the Federal Student Aid website.

Unsubsidized Federal Direct loans are available to undergraduate and graduates students and there is no requirement for the student to demonstrate need. The student will be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. If interest is allowed to accrue (accumulate) while the student is in school, or during other periods of non-payment, it will be capitalized. This means the interest will be added to the principal amount of the loan, and additional interest will be based on that higher amount.

There is an origination fee of 1.073% on Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans disbursed after October 1, 2014. More information about origination fees can be found online at the Federal Student Aid website.

Additional Federal loans are available for graduate students who wish to supplement the unsubsidized federal loans they receive may choose to participate in the Federal Direct PLUS program for Graduate Students.

  • Please note that an approved application, PLUS Master Promissory Note, and PLUS Entrance Counseling are required to receive this Loan.

  • A student’s total award (including PLUS) cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

  • Graduate students considering a PLUS are encouraged to contact our office directly for more information about requirements to participate in this program.

  • The PLUS has a 4.292% origination fee.

Requirements

To participate in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program, the student must:

  • Complete a FAFSA and satisfy any verification requirements
  • Be enrolled at least half time in a degree seeking program
  • Comply with the federally mandated Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
  • Complete an electronic Master Promissory Note (eMPN) online at StudentLoans.gov (eMPNs are valid at any school participating in the Direct Loan Program for 10 years just as long as you receive a loan disbursement within 1 year of completing the eMPN)
  • Complete an entrance counseling session online at the StudentLoans.gov site. Transfer students must complete a new counseling session when starting at KSC, as must students returning to KSC from a leave of absence or withdrawal
  • Be in good standing on all other previously borrowed federal loans

2014-2015 Direct Loan Interest Rates

On Tuesday, May 7, 2014, the Treasury Department held a 10-year Treasury note auction. The chart below displays the resultant interest rates for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2014 and before July 1, 2015.

Loan Type Borrower Type Fixed Interest Rate
Direct Subsidized Loans Undergraduate Student 4.66%
Direct Unsubsidized Loans Undergraduate Student 4.66%
Direct Unsubsidized Loans Graduate Student 6.21%
Direct PLUS Loans Graduate Student or Parents of Dependent Undergraduate Student 7.21%

Limits

The limits reflected below are for loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2008. Please note limits increase for Independent Undergraduate Students and Dependent Students whose parents are denied for a Federal Parent Loan (PLUS).

Direct Loan Limits (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)

Undergraduate Graduate
Dependent1 Independent2
1st year
(0-29 credits)
$5,500 ($3,500)3 $9,500 ($3,500) $20,500 for each year
2nd year
(30- 59 credits)
$6,500 ($4,500) $10,500 ($4,500)
3rd and 4th year
(60+ credits)
$7,500 ($5,500) $12,500 ($5,500)
Aggregate $31,000 ($23,000) $57,500 ($23,000) $138,5004 ($23,000)

1Except those whose parents are unable to borrow a PLUS loan.
2These limits also apply to dependent students whose parents are unable to borrow a PLUS loan.
3The numbers in parentheses represent the maximum amount that may be subsidized.
4The aggregate amounts for graduate students include loans for undergraduate study.