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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. 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. 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.   
 
A.     Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
A Federal Direct Subsidized loan is awarded on the basis of financial need. A student will not be charged any interest while enrolled in school for at least half-time status (6 credits or more).  Repayment begins six months after a student graduates, is no longer enrolled or has dropped below half-time status.  Subsidized loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2014, will not have the interest subsidy provided during the 6 month grace period.  Students receiving a subsidized loan during this timeframe will be responsible for the interest that accrues on the loan during the grace period.  If a student does not pay the interest accrued, the interest will be added (capitalized) to the principal amount of their loan when the grace period ends. 

 B.    Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
A Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan is not based on financial need. Interest is charged from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. Interest accumulates while the student is in school and during grace and deferment periods.  If a student does not repay the interest while in school it will be capitalized - that is, the interest will be added to the principal amount of the loan.

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.

 

How much can I borrow?

Annual Direct Student Loan Limits for Dependent Students (whose parents are eligible to borrow a Parent PLUS loan) as of July 1, 2016

Year in School

Base Subsidized/ Unsubsidized Amount

Additional Unsubsidized

Amount

Total Amount

Freshmen (0-29 credits)

$3,500

$2,000

$5,500

Sophomores (30-59 credits)

$4,500

$2,000

$6,500

Juniors/Seniors (60 credits & above)

$5,500

$2,000

$7,500

 

Annual Direct Student Loan Limits for Independent Students & Dependent Students whose parents are denied a PLUS loan)

Year in School

Base Subsidized/ Unsubsidized Amount

Additional Unsubsidized

Amount

Total Amount

Freshmen (0-29 credits)

$3,500

$6,000

$9,500

Sophomores (30-59 credits)

$4,500

$6,000

$10,500

Juniors/Seniors (60 credits & above)

$5,500

$7,000

$12,500

 

How do I apply for a Federal Loan? What You Need

  • Borrowers will need a FSA ID.
  • As of May 10, 2015 you must have a verified FSA ID (Username & Password) instead of a Federal PIN to log in to Studentloans.gov website. If you have not already created your FSA ID, you can create your FSA ID here.
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Step 1: All students who wish to borrow a Federal Direct Stafford Loan must complete a Federal Student Loan Entrance Counseling Session in accordance with federal regulations.

If you do not have an FSA ID or cannot recall it, you can request your FSA ID here.

  • Click on Entrance Counseling. (When selecting a school during entrance counseling, search for “Marymount Manhattan College” without using abbreviations.)

Step 2: All Direct Loan borrowers must complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note(MPN).

 

How a Direct Loan is Disbursed

Generally, a loan will be for a full academic year and MMC will make at least two disbursements. Disbursements will be applied each semester of the academic year at the end of the add/drop period. MMC will disburse the loan money by crediting it to the student’s account to pay tuition, fees, room, board, and other authorized charges. If the loan disbursement amount exceeds the student’s school charges, the school will pay the remaining balance of the disbursement directly to the student borrower. MMC will notify the borrower in writing each time a disbursement of loan funds is made and will provide information about how to cancel all or part of the disbursement.

 

Direct Loans for Study Abroad

Students attending the Study Abroad program will have their Student loan funds disbursed in two equal disbursements each semester.  Disbursements will be applied each semester of the academic year at the end of the add/drop period and at the midpoint of each semester.

 

Interest Rates

The Department of Education publishes current loan information at https://studentloans.gov.

The rate for loans disbursed prior to July 1, 2006 is variable (subject to change each year) but does not exceed 8.25%. Variable interest rates for these loans are adjusted each year on July 1. You will be notified of variable interest rate changes throughout the life of your loan.

 

Repayment

As stated in the Federal Student Aid publication “Your Federal Student Loans - Learn the Basics and Manage Your Debt. “REMEMBER: Federal student loans are real loans, just like car loans or mortgage loans. You must repay a student loan even if your financial circumstances become difficult.  Federal student loans usually can’t be written off in bankruptcy.  they can’t be canceled because you didn’t get the education or job you expected, and they can’t be canceled because you didn’t complete your education (unless you couldn’t complete your education because your school closed).”

MMC encourages student to borrow responsibly and to use the federal loan repayment calculators to plan and manage their debt.

Find out your student loan repayment options here.

 

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
On-line assistance:
      https://studentaid.gov/repay-loans/disputes
      https://fafsa.gov/help.htm
Mail: FSA Ombudsman Group
          830 First Street, N.E.,
          Mailstop #5144
          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