Federal Direct Loans
The Center for Student Services encourages students to explore various grants and scholarship opportunities and to evaluate loan options carefully. Borrow only what is really needed and remember that loans must be repaid.
Students matriculated in a degree program and enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) with a valid FAFSA on file may qualify for federal loans. Federal Aid including loans will be processed based on enrollment in courses applicable towards the student’s degree. Marymount Manhattan College in accordance with federal regulations reports all loan borrowing, student enrollment status, and changes in enrollment status to the Clearinghouse and National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).
Federal Direct Loans
Federal Direct loans are one form of student aid from the federal government that you may be offered on your award letter. Under the Federal Direct loan program, students borrow money for school from the federal government. Loans are a major form of self-help aid for students. You must be enrolled at least half-time status (6 credits +) per semester to qualify for federal loans. A loan must be repaid in full, including any interest and fees. Student loans have long repayment periods and generally repayment will not begin until you leave school. Interest rates vary, depending on the type of loan you borrow. The promissory note you sign will contain the exact terms of the loan you are borrowing. Keep your copy for reference. To help secure your financial future, regularly visit the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) to monitor the status of your loans and your repayment history. When you start repayment of your loans it is important to check the NSLDS system for servicer contact information.
Time Limitation on Direct Subsidized Loan Eligibility for First-Time Borrowers on or after July 1, 2013
As of July 1, 2013, first-time borrowers may only receive Subsidized Direct Student loans for 150% of the published time of the academic program, which equals 6 years of subsidized loan eligibility at Marymount Manhattan College. Students who continue enrollment on at least a half-time basis in the same program or enroll in another program of the same or shorter length will no longer be eligible to receive additional subsidized student loans. Furthermore, students will lose the interest subsidy on all prior subsidized loans. Borrower responsibility for interest will be triggered from the date of continued or subsequent (at least half-time) enrollment in an eligible undergraduate program of equal or lesser length. All unpaid accrued interest is capitalized in the same manner as unsubsidized loans. Eligibility on lost interest subsidy cannot be regained. The Federal Department of Education provides a guide for conditions, terms, and charts to understand Direct Subsidized Loan Time Limitation Eligibility. To read more on this click here.
Federal Direct Loan Fees
Federal Direct Student Loans are assessed an origination fee of 1.068% of the total loan. The net disbursement will reflect these fees; the amount credited to the student’s account will be the gross amount of the loan less the origination fee. This fee is determined by the U.S. Department of Education.
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Federal Dispute Resolution Resources
Borrowers should first attempt to resolve complaints by contacting the school, company, agency, or office directly involved. If a borrower has made a reasonable effort to resolve the problem through the normal processes and has been unsuccessful, he or she should contact the FSA Ombudsman.
Office of the Ombudsman:
- Toll Free: 1-877-557-2575
- FAX #: 1-202-275-0549
FSA Ombudsman Group
830 First Street, N.E.,
Washington, DC 20202-5144
- U.S. Dept. of Education: 1-202-377-3800
- Office of Inspector General: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/index.html