The Federal Direct Loan assists students from both low- and middle-income families. Students who demonstrate need for a portion or all of the annual limit will receive a ‘subsidized loan’ for which the federal government will pay the interest while the student is eligible for an in-school deferment and for the duration of any grace period. Direct loan payments are deferred while the student maintains halftime or greater enrollment in school. Repayment begins 6 months after the last date of enrollment in 6 units, or graduation.
Students who do not demonstrate need for part or all of the annual borrowing limit may still receive an ‘unsubsidized loan’ for which they must pay their own interest during the time they are in school.
A Direct Student loan is a long-term financial obligation which can limit your cash flow and your purchasing ability for many years into the future. We hope you will seriously evaluate whether taking on loan debt is truly necessary to make ends meet. We strongly recommend you look at other ways to meet your current financial needs by careful budgeting, taking on a part-time job, etc. If you decide a loan is a necessity to meet your educational expenses, borrow only what you need.