Stafford Loans, FFEL and Direct Loans!Stafford Loans are student loans administered by the U.S. Department of Education. There were two versions of the Stafford Loan. As a result of recent legislation, no further loans will be made under the FFEL Program beginning July 1, 2010. All new Stafford, PLUS, and Consolidation Loans will come directly from the Department under the Direct Loan Program.
You must fill out a FAFSA form to be considered. Once the FAFSA has been processed, the school will inform you of your eligibility for the Stafford Loan. If you are to receive a loan, you will have to sign a promissory note that will spell out the terms and conditions of the loan.
Maximum Loan AmountsThe maximum loan amount depends on your year of study and whether you are a dependent student. For dependent students:
For independent students or dependent students whose parents applied for, but were not able to get a PLUS loan:
What is the interest rate? Unsubsidized Stafford loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006, have an interest rate fixed at 6.8 percent. The interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2009 is fixed at 5.6 percent. If the first disbursement of your subsidized loan is between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, the interest rate on your loan is fixed at 4.5%. The interest rate on subsidized loans first disbursed to undergraduate students between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 will be fixed at 3.4%. Loans issued prior to July 1, 2006, had a variable interest rate and these loans are not affected by the new fixed rate terms.
If you have the financial need, some or all of your Stafford Loans may be subsidized. This means that the federal government will pay the interest on the loans while you are attending school and for up to six months after you leave school. You may also be eligible to get some funds up to the yearly maximum as an unsubsidized loan.
Why didn't I get the whole amount?For loans disbursed between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, the fee is 1.5%. For loans first disbursed after July 1, 2010, the loan fee is 1.0%. The loan fee will be deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement.
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