Direct Student Government Loans Are Still Available!

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Direct Student Government Loans Are Still Available!

Given the current economic challenges facing many families, it's good to know that direct student government loans are still available. You still need to follow all the requirements, which are outlined in the application, which is available online now. It's much easier to get student loans direct from the government now.

The basic requirements are you have to be enrolled at least half-time at a Direct Loan Program participating school, and you need to meet general eligibility requirements for the Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. You should check with your school of choice for more information from their Financial Aid office on student loans direct from the government. Most will be happy to help you in any way they can with the application and your specific details.

Government Student Loans

Always check with your school's Financial Aid Office first. These people know the government and private direct student loans requirements and can be very helpful in dealing with all the paper work involved with Government Student Loans. Like all government programs, direct student loans paper work is the key to success and it's important to fill them out correctly.

There are three basic types of loans available directly from the government:

  • For students with financial need that are determined by federal requirements, subsidized Stafford Loans are your best choice. There is no interest charged as long as you are at least a half-time student.
  • Stafford Loans that are not subsidized nor based on financial need are also available. The drawback is interest is charged from the loan start date.
  • For graduate and professional students, there is a PLUS Loans program with low interest rates. Parents are also eligible for this Government Student Loans program to help dependents who are students.

If you are applying for a Direct Stafford or Plus Loan, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (known as FAFSA). Once again the best source of information on how to fill out this form is your school's Financial Aid Office.

Loan amounts are determined by the cost of your school's costs, the year of school (like first, second, graduate, etc.) and there is a maximum annual amount for each type of loan. Here are the minimum and maximum amounts by school year, loan, and status. 

Dependent student   Independent student
1st-year undergraduate $3,500 / $2,000 $3,500 / $6,000
2nd-year undergraduate $4,500 / $2,000 $4,500 / $6,000
3rd- and 4th-year undergraduate $5,500 / $2,000 $5,500 / $7,000
Graduate/professional  NA $8,500 / $12,000

The first amount is the base and the second is the amount of additional unsubsidized funds. The Independent student is one who is not a dependent or does not qualify under the guidelines of the dependent status. The interest as of July 1, 2008 on the Stafford Loans is set at 6.00%, Plus Loans at 7.9%. There is also a 2-4% fee for each loan.

There are limits set on total amount borrowed on student loans direct from the government over the entire period. Each student loan method has a ceiling amount as follows:

  • $31,000 for a dependent undergraduate student with limit 
    of $23,000 subsidized. 
  • $57,500 for an independent undergraduate student with limit 
    of $23,000 subsidized. 
  • $138,500 for a graduate or professional student with limit 
    of $65,000 subsidized that includes undergraduate loans.

The amount of money is also limited by the school costs, which probably won't impact the amount due to the high costs of education. Private 4 year colleges average about $9000 for tuition, books, and fees (no living costs). Public and state 4 year schools average about $6000 per year. Two year and Technical 2 year or less programs can be all over the map based on the subject matter and certification.

Student Loans Without Cosigner

Once you have been approved for any of these loans you will have to sign a MPN, Master Promissory Note. Your school will receive the funds and apply them to your costs although depending on your situation they may issue funds directly to you. And these student loans without cosigner are the best choice for many low or no income students. There are no credit checks or credit analysis for direct student loans and you don't need a cosigner. 

Stafford Loans repayment start 6 months after your graduation date, leave school, or drop below the half time requirement. Depending on which payment plan you choose, you will have between 10 and 25 years to pay back your loans.

You have four methods to pay back your loans:

  • Standard Repayment Plan - Fixed monthly payments for up to 10 years.
  • Extended Repayment Plan - Monthly payments for up to 25 years, there are fixed and graduated payment options.
  • Graduated Repayment Plan - Payments that start off low and increase, usually every two years or what ever period you choose.
  • Income Contingent Repayment Plan - Your payment is adjusted according to income (this may include spouse's income too), family size, and total amount of loans.  

The only catch 22 right now is the interest rates have fallen dramatically in the financial meltdown, the government is still charging a fixed rate. This is not way out of line but as of January 2011 the prime interest rate was around 3.75%. But these are often the best deal you can get for student loans without cosigner and no credit check.

The only real problem with direct student loans is you need to stay on top of your application. Don't just fill out the paperwork and forget it. You need to make sure you stay in touch with the college you file through and check to see if there are any problems. It doesn't take much to slow down or even get denied if all the paperwork is not correctly filled out and filed. I've seen where students failed to follow up and did not get approved in time to receive any benefits for the current semester.

Student Loans Direct From The Government Are Not Your Only Option

You may be able to find private sources for your student loan that have lower interest rates. The common interest rate for private loans was 11-12% before the financial crisis. Although direct student loans from the government should cost less, it is well advised to investigate all sources. Even if they are not easy student loans to qualify for in many cases you still check any available student loan program. Student loans direct from the government are usually the path of least resistance and the cheapest.

But you should check to see if your employer (or your parent's employer if you are under 25) has any direct student loans. Quite a few companies have scholarships, student loans at reduced rates, or some kind of financial assistance for college. Local community and professional associations often have some type of financial aid for members too. It never hurts to check out any local or national source to see what they have to offer.



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