Once Washington State receives your FAFSA, your eligibility for student loans will be determined and, if eligible, placed as pending on your financial aid account.
Direct Loans are government loans. They are flexible because there are many repayment options. Students do not begin repayment on these loans until six months after they graduate, withdraw or drop below half time. This six month period is referred to as a grace period. There are two types of Direct Loans students are awarded:
Direct Subsidized– The Stafford Subsidized Loan is a need based loan. It does not accrue interest while the student is enrolled at least half time in school, in deferment or while the student is in the grace period.
Direct Unsubsidized– The Stafford Unsubsidized Loan is a non-need based loan. Unlike the subsidized loan, the unsubsidized loan accrues interest for the life of the loan.
Direct Loan Deadlines:
In order for student loans to be disbursed students must complete the following by the Direct Loan Deadline:
Complete the "2016-2017 Loan Request Form" found here.
Entrance Counseling- Complete Entrance Counseling by visiting studentloans.gov.
Master Promissory Note (MPN)- Complete your MPN by visiting studentloans.gov. You will use the same student PIN number as you did to sign your FAFSA.
The Department of Education will not release funds to the school until these requirements are fulfilled.
|Term||Direct Loan Deadline|
|Summer 2016||June 15, 2016 at 4:30pm|
|Fall 2016||October 15, 2016 at 4:30pm|
|Spring 2017||March 15, 2017 at 4:30pm|
|Summer 2017||June 15, 2017 at 4:30pm|
Important Loan Information
|Interest Rates for Direct Loans First Disbursed on or After July 1, 2015|
|Loan Type||Borrower Type||Loans first disbursed on or after 7/1/15 and before 7/1/16|
|Direct Subsidized Loans||Undergraduate||4.29%|
|Direct Unsubsidized Loans||Undergraduate||4.29%|
Data provided by studentaid.ed.gov.
The following chart shows the annual and aggregate limits for subsidized and unsubsidized loans.
|Year||Dependent Students (except students whose parents are unable to obtain PLUS Loans)||Independent Students (and dependent undergraduate students whose parents are unable to obtain PLUS Loans)|
|First-Year Undergraduate Annual Loan Limit||$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.|
|Second-Year Undergraduate Annual Loan Limit||$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.|
|Subsidized and Unsubsidized Aggregate Loan Limit||$31,000-No more than $23,000 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.||
$57,500 for undergraduates-No more than $23,000 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.
$138,500 for graduate or professional students-No more than $65,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. The graduate aggregate limit includes all federal loans received for undergraduate study.
Data provided by studentaid.ed.gov.
Disbursement Dates - (Dates federal student aid funds were credited to a student's account at the school)
|Term||1st Disbursement||2nd Disbursement|
|Summer 2016||Starting 7/5/16|
|Fall 2016||Starting 9/13/16||Starting 10/27/16|
|Fall 2016 2nd 8-weeks Session||Starting 10/27/16|
|Spring 2017||Starting 2/2/17||Starting 4/6/17|
|Spring 2017 2nd
Once a student withdraws, graduates, or drops below half time, he or she must complete Exit Counseling for all Direct Loans at studentloans.gov.
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