Federal Direct Loans

Loan Limits
How to Apply
Loan Counseling
Loan Repayment


Federal Direct Loans:

  • Have a low interest rate
  • Have a six-month grace period (a period of time when no payments are due) after enrollment ceases or drops below half-time status
  • The amount a student may borrow is determined by the student's grade level in school, based on the number of credit hours earned,  and by limits set by the Federal Department of Education.  
  • Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for Federal Direct Loans.  
  • More information about Federal Direct Loans can be found here.

There are two types of Federal Direct Loans:

  Subsidized Unsubsidized
Financial need? Yes, students must have need according to the FAFSA No, even students with no need, per the FAFSA, can qualify
Interest accrues? No, this loan is interest free while the student is in school Yes, interest accrues while the student is in school
Interest rate 3.76% 3.76%
Loan fees

1.068% for loans disbursed before October 1, 2016

1.069% for loans disbursed October 1, 2016 or after

1.068% for loans disbursed before October 1, 2016

1.069% for loans disbursed October 1, 2016 or after

Dependent undergraduate students may borrow up to $31,000, of which no more than $23,000 may be subsidized. Independent undergraduate students may borrow up to $57,500, of which no more than $23,000 may be subsidized.

 


Subsidized and Unsubsizied Annual Loan Limits

 

Dependent Undergraduates

Independent Undergraduates*

Freshmen $5,500—No more than $3,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. $9,500—No more than $3,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.
Sophomores $6,500—No more than $4,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. $10,500—No more than $4,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.
Juniors & Seniors $7,500—No more than $5,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. $12,500—No more than $5,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

*This category also includes those undergraduates whose parents are unable to borrow a PLUS.

Lifetime Loan Limits

Dependent undergraduate students may borrow up to $31,000, of which no more than $23,000 may be subsidized.

Independent undergraduate students may borrow up to $57,500, of which no more than $23,000 may be subsidized.


To be eligible for a Federal Direct loan students must:

  • submit the FAFSA for each academic year she wishes to obtain a Federal Direct loan.
  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • be enrolled at least half-time.
  • have no prior outstanding student loan in default and not owe a repayment on any federal aid.
  • complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN).
  • complete entrance counseling prior to receiving the first Federal Direct loan at Saint Mary's College.
  • meet Saint Mary's Financial Aid Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress.

To apply for a 2016-2017 Federal Direct Loan:

If you are a new borrower at Saint Mary's College, please complete both steps listed below.  This includes transfer students who may have borrowed Federal Direct loan funds or Stafford loan funds at another institution.

If you have previously borrowed Federal Direct loan funds at Saint Mary's College, simply complete the first step below.

  1. Log into PRISM and accept the loans that were offered as part of the financial aid award letter.
  2. Complete the federally required Entrance Counseling
    • Click the "Sign In" button.  You will need your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) to complete this.
    • Once you are signed in, select "Complete Counseling".
    • When you are asked to select a state and a school, select "Indiana" under "School State" and "ST MARYS COLLEGE" under School Name. 
    • Read the information presented to you.  You will be quizzed on the information and must successfully answer 12 of 15 questions to pass the entrance counseling quiz.  If you fail the quiz three consecutive times, you will need to wait 48 hours and try again.  Some browsers may allow you to clear your temporary internet files/cookies and try again without waiting 48 hours.
  3. Complete your Master Promissory Note (MPN).
    • Click on "my account" and log in.  Then select "Complete Master Promissory Note" and then select "Subsidized/Unsubsidized" as the loan type.
    • Continue following the steps as directed.  When you are asked to select a state and a school, select "Indiana" under "School State" and "ST MARYS COLLEGE" under School Name.

Loan Repayment

The federal government contrac ts with a variety of companies and organizations to manage the collection of federal student loans.  These organizations are referred to as loan servicers.  While a list of the current federal loan servicers is below, you can learn who is handling the repayment of your loans by logging into the National Student Loan Data System.

 NAME

 PHONE NUMBER

 WEBSITE

 Aspire Resources, Inc

 855.475.3335

 www.aspireresourcesinc.com

 CornerStone

 800.663.1662

 www.mycornerstoneloan.org

 ESA/Edfinancial

 855.337.6884

 www.edfinancial.com/DL

 Fed Loan Servicing

 800.699.2908

 www.myfedloan.org

 Granite State (GSMR)

 888.556.0022

 www.gsmr.org

 Great Lakes

 800.236.4300

 www.mygreatlakes.org

 MOHELA

 888.866.4352

 www.mohela.com

 Nelnet

 888.486.4722

 www.nelnet.com

 Navient

 800.722.1300

 www.navient.com

 OSLA Servicing

 866.264.9762

 www.osla.org

 VSAC Federal Loans

 888.932.5626

 www.vsacfederalloans.org

Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans have a number of repayment plans ranging from 10 to 25 years. Detailed information about each repayment plans can be found here. The following chart demonstrates how the various repayment plans can result in different monthly payment amounts.

Repayment Plan Repayment Period Monthly Payment
Initial to Final Amounts
Total Amount Paid
120 months
$366
$43,934
120 months
$206 to $619
$46,212
300 months
$199
$59,561
300 months
$137 to $332
$65,102
240 months
$104 to $361
$50,699
200 months
$156 to $366
$53,706
176 months
$240 to $315
$49,347

** Some loans may not qualify for this repayment plan.