The Federal Direct Stafford Loan
William D. Ford Federal Direct Stafford Loans are provided by the federal government. The loans are for undergraduate as well as graduate and professional degree students. You must complete the financial aid application process (FAFSA) to be eligible and be enrolled a minimum of 6 credits per semester.
There are two types of Direct Stafford Loans: Subsidized and Unsubsidized. The federal government will pay the interest that accrues on a subsidized DL during periods of enrollment. You are responsible for the interest that accrues on an unsubsidized DL. You have the option of making quarterly interest payments during enrollment or if you choose not to, the interest will be capitalized once at repayment. If you would like to make interest payments while enrolled, you should contact your servicer for information on their in-school interest billing processes.
If you are a dependent student and your parent is denied the Federal Direct PLUS Loan, you (the student) are eligible to borrow additional funds through the unsubsidized DL program ($4,000 per year for freshmen and sophomores and $5,000 per year for juniors and seniors). You must complete the Borrowing Intention Form (BIF) and return it to the Financial Aid Office if you would like to borrow additional DL funds after the PLUS Loan is denied. No additional DL funds will be processed without a completed BIF on file.
Interest Rates for Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2018:
- Undergraduate Students (subsidized and unsubsidized) - Fixed Interest Rate of 4.45%
- Graduate/Professional Students (only eligible for unsubsidized) - Fixed Interest Rate of 6.00%
The subsidized DL is a need-based loan. If you do not demonstrate financial need, you are eligible to borrow the unsubsidized DL. The Financial Aid Office will determine your eligibility based on the FAFSA.
For both subsidized and unsubsidized loans, a 1.069% origination fee is deducted by the government from each loan disbursement. This means for a loan in the amount of $3,500, the net amount that will disburse to LVC is $3,462 (3,500 x .9893). This amount is equally disbursed for the fall and spring semesters.
The following DL limits are based on the cost of attendance and cumulative credits earned:
|Credits Earned||Subsidized Direct Stafford Loan||Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan||Students whose Parents are denied the PLUS Loan-
Additional Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans
|Unsubsidized Direct Stafford|
*Graduate students are considered independent and are only eligible to receive the Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan.
|Subsidized||Total (subsidized & unsubsidized)|
|Independent Undergraduate & Dependent Students whose parents are denied the PLUS Loan||$23,000||$57,500|
|Graduate and Professional Students||$65,500||$138,500 (undergraduate and graduate)|
Application Instructions for First-time Direct Stafford Loan Borrowers
As a first-time DL borrower, you must complete the Borrowing Intention Form (BIF - included with the financial award letter), Entrance Counseling, and the Master Promissory Note (MPN).
You may access the online Entrance Counseling session and complete the MPN at the StudentLoans.gov. Our office will be notified electronically upon completion.
Application Instructions for Current Direct Stafford Loan Borrowers
As a returning student borrower, you must complete the Borrowing Intention Form (BIF) that will be included in your financial award package*. Packages for current students will be prepared during the month of June and mailed the first week in July. You must list the amount you would like to borrow on the BIF, sign it, and return it to the Financial Aid Office in order for the loan to be processed.
*You must file the FAFSA before you will receive a financial award package. Please contact our office if you are NOT planning to file, firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will prepare an award package that includes your merit scholarship only.
The Federal Perkins Loan
The Perkins Loan is a need-based loan awarded to full-time undergraduates. More specifically, at LVC these funds are distributed primarily to freshmen demonstrating the highest financial need.
*NEW* As of December 2015, the Perkins Loan has been extended through September 30, 2017.
- Awarded to students demonstrating the greatest financial need
- Freshmen - $2,000 per year
- Sophomores - $1,500 per year
- Juniors and Seniors - limited funds are available and awarded to those demonstrating financial hardship. Contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information.
- Because funds are limited, loan dollars are targeted primarily to freshmen and sophomores who are limited in Direct Stafford Loan borrowing.
General information about the Perkins Loan:
- 5.0% fixed interest rate
- nine-month grace period prior to repayment
- Eligibility and award amounts can vary among institutions
If you are awarded both the Federal Direct Stafford Loan and the Federal Perkins Loan and you decide that you only need to borrow through one loan program, you must forfeit the Perkins and borrow the subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan. The Perkins is then re-awarded to other students in need.
First-time Perkins borrowers are required to complete entrance counseling and sign the MPN during the first few weeks of the fall semester. The deadline is Sept. 30, 2017. The Financial Aid Office will contact eligible students regarding completing these requirements. Failure to complete these requirements by Sept. 30, 2017, may result in the loss of loan eligibility.
Current Perkins borrowers do not need to complete entrance counseling or sign another MPN. However, you must indicate your desire to borrow by completing the Borrowing Intentions Form (BIF - only if Perkins is listed) and returning it to the Financial Aid Office by Sept. 30, 2017. As a reminder, the BIF will be included in the financial award package mailed in early July. Failure to return the BIF by Sept. 30, 2017, may result in the loss of loan eligibility.
Student borrowers of Direct Loans or FFEL Program and Perkins loans who are graduating, leaving school, or dropping below half-time enrollment are required by law to complete exit counseling. Exit counseling provides important information students will need as they prepare to repay their federal student loan(s). The Financial Aid Office will also provide students with a summary of their borrowing history while at Lebanon Valley College. For additional details regarding federal student loans, students may also visit the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), which is a central database that houses federal student loan information.
During exit counseling, students must submit information regarding the names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers for their next of kin, references who live in the United States, and their employer or future employer (if known).