Loans – Type of Aid

College Loans – Type of Financial Aid

Loans are always an option as a financial aid resource. But, loans do need to be paid back and often with interest. College loans should be considered carefully, especially what your pay-back plan will include. You can apply for loans at any time throughout the academic year.

Federal Direct Loan Program

  • Subsidized Stafford Loan – based on need; no interest charged while you’re in school at least half-time
  • Unsubsidized Stafford Loan – not based on need; interest begins accumulating immediately
    PLUS Loan for graduate students and parents of dependent undergraduate students – unsubsidized loans subject to credit approval that help pay for education expenses; interest begins accumulating immediately

Federal Loan Maximums for Stafford Loans

Below are the maximum amounts you can borrow each academic year in federal Stafford loans:

Year Status Subsidized Unsubsidized
Freshman Dependent $3,500 $2,000
Freshman Independent $3,500 $6,000
Sophomore Dependent $4,500 $2,000
Sophomore Independent $4,500 $6,000
Junior Dependent $5,500 $2,000
Junior Independent $5,500 $7,000
Senior Dependent $5,500 $2,000
Senior Independent $5,500 $7,000
Graduate student Independent $0 $20,500

Grade Level
Your “year” is determined by the number of credits you have completed:

Freshman = 0 – 44 credits
Sophomore = 45 – 89 credits
Junior = 90 – 134 credits
Senior = 135 – 180

Private Education Loans

We strongly encourage you to apply for federal loans before seeking education funding through a private loan. If you decide to pursue a private education loan, the ELMSelect website can help you make an informed decision. This site allows you to quickly and accurately compare interest rates and loan terms of multiple private loan lenders side by side.

The Marylhurst Office of Financial Aid follows a strict code of conduct in providing guidance to students who are seeking private education loans.

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