Student loans can be used to pay for a variety of costs associated with your college education, such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and the purchase of a computer or software. However, while borrowing funds may be a wise investment, it deserves careful consideration; all student loans must be paid back, including interest and fees. Before deciding to take out a loan, be sure to look for free money first, such as grants and scholarships, and speak to a CCV financial aid counselor about other funding options.
Types of Federal Loans
Federal Direct Loans are available to students who qualify for federal financial aid and are enrolled in at least six credits per semester. If you decide to borrow, there are two types of Federal Direct Loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. Eligible parents of dependent students can also take out Direct Parent PLUS loans.
Federal Subsidized Direct Loans
These loans are available based on your demonstrated financial need, determined by information provided on your FAFSA. The federal government will pay the interest on a subsidized loan while you are in school and completing your program successfully. There are limits on how much you can borrow based on your year in school.
Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans
Unsubsidized direct loans are available for students who don’t demonstrate financial need. You are responsible for all interest that accrues on the loan. You may choose to make interest payments while in school or defer interest payments, which will then be added to the principal of the loan. There are limits on how much you can borrow based on your year in school.
Federal Parent PLUS Loans
PLUS loans enable parents with good credit histories to borrow to help pay for their child’s college expenses. The student must be enrolled at least half-time and in a degree program. Parents can borrow up to the student’s full cost of education less other types of financial aid. If your family is interested in borrowing a Parent PLUS loan, please contact a financial aid counselor at your local CCV academic center.
Steps to Apply For a Loan
- Complete BOTH the Master Promissory Note and Loan Entrance Counseling for Subsidized/ Unsubsidized loan type at studentloans.gov.
- After completing the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling, contact the financial aid counselor at your CCV center to determine the amount you need to cover your tuition, fees, books, and other qualified expenses.
- Once the semester begins, go to class! Attendance in six credits is needed to maintain eligibility for your loan.