Federal Direct Graduate Loans
Marist College participates in the William D. Ford Direct Lending Program. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education. The FAFSA must be completed before a Direct Loan can be awarded.
The Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 (Pub. L. 112-25) was signed into law on August 2, 2011. This Act made the following change to the William D. Ford Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program:
Loss of Subsidized Loan Eligibility for Graduate and Professional Students
Effective for loans made for periods of enrollment (loan periods) beginning on or after July 1, 2012, graduate and professional students are no longer eligible to receive Federal Direct Subsidized Loans. The terms and conditions of Direct Subsidized Loans received by any student for loan periods beginning before July 1, 2012, for either graduate or undergraduate study, are not affected by this change.
The annual loan limit for graduate and professional students remains unchanged at $20,500, but this amount will now be limited to Direct Unsubsidized Loans.
In addition, the up-front interest rebate that has been provided to Direct Loan borrowers at the time of their loan disbursement will no longer be offered on any Direct Loan Program loan with a first disbursement date that is on or after July 1, 2012. Therefore, there will be a 1.073% Origination fee on all loans disbursed after July 1, 2014.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
For the Direct Unsubsidized Loans, the student must be at least half time status and is responsible for interest payments while in school. (You have the option to defer payments of interest and principal until after you graduate.) The interest rate for this loan is a fixed rate of 6.21% effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Repayment begins six months after graduation, or after you cease to be enrolled at least half-time. Students are awarded a Direct Unsubsidized Loan if their FAFSA information determines they have no financial need.
Important Direct Loan Information:
- A student must be at least half time status (6 credits) at all times to be eligible for this loan
- If you complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) during your first semester at Marist you may not have to complete another application for 10 years, or until you enter another College.
- The Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) is a promissory note under which you may receive multiple subsidized and unsubsidized loans over a maximum ten-year period.
- All Direct Loans are subject to fees (1.073%). The fees will be deducted from the loan proceeds prior to disbursement. Disbursements are sent directly to Marist College, two per loan period.
- Direct Loan funds will be transferred electronically to your college account. These funds must be credited to your account in the Office of Student Financial Services within 3 days of disbursement to the college or your loan will be canceled and your funds returned to the Department of Education.
- First-time borrowers of a Direct Loan must complete an entrance counseling session before you receive your loan. This ensures that you have received loan counseling and understand your responsibilities.
- All borrowers of a Direct Loan must complete an exit counseling session prior to withdrawal, transfer, leave of absence, or graduation from the college. This ensures that you have received loan counseling and understand your rights and responsibilities.
- If you choose to withdraw or take a leave of absence from Marist College, you must notify the appropriate offices. Please contact the Center for Advising and Academic Services to complete an official withdrawal/leave of absence form and then contact the Office of Student Financial Services to cancel your financial aid or complete a Title IV calculation, if eligible. Please also notify the housing department if you have a housing arrangement and the Registrar for official transcripts, if necessary.
- Please remember that a Federal Direct Loan is a loan, not a grant. You must repay the funds you borrow, plus interest and fees. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Financial Services.
- The U.S. Department of Education's National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) provides information on your federal loans including loan types, disbursed amounts, outstanding principal and interest, and the total amount of all your loans. To access NSLDS, go to www.nslds.ed.gov. All Title Iv loans are reported to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system.
- Your Federal Direct loan is automatically processed for the amount shown as part of your financial aid package, unless you notify the Office of Student Financial Services otherwise.
- Please review the Federal Direct Loan Limits effective for Stafford loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2008.
UPDATE -Time Limitation on Direct Subsidized Loan Eligibility for First-Time Borrowers on or after July 1, 2013
Maximum eligibility period to receive Direct Subsidized Loans There is a limit on the maximum period of time (measured in academic years) that you can receive Direct Subsidized Loans. In general, you may not receive Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150% of the published length of your program. This is called your “maximum eligibility period”. You can usually find the published length of any program of study in your school’s catalog. For example, if you are enrolled in a 4 -year bachelor’s degree program, the maximum period for which you can receive Direct Subsidized Loans is 6 years (150% of 4 years = 6 years).
Your maximum eligibility period is based on the published length of your current program. This means that your maximum eligibility period can change if you change programs. Also, if you receive Direct Subsidized Loans for one program and then change to another program, the Direct Subsidized Loans you received for the earlier program will generally count against your new maximum eligibility period.
FEDERAL DIRECT LOAN APPLICATION PROCESS
First time Marist borrowers must complete the Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note. Please click on the link below to access the direct lending site. Sign in using your FAFSA PIN to complete this requirement online.