Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal DIRECT Student Loan Program
Subsidized and unsubsidized loans are federal student loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education at a four-year college or university, community college, or trade, career, or technical school. The U.S. Department of Education offers eligible students at participating schools Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans.
Federal Plus Loan Program
PLUS loans are federal loans that graduate or professional degree students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay education expenses.
Here's a quick overview of Direct PLUS Loans:
- The U.S. Department of Education is the lender
- The borrower must not have an adverse credit history
- Loans have a fixed interest rate of 7.9 percent
- The maximum loan amount is the student's cost of attendance (determined by the school) minus any other financial aid received
Federal Perkins Loans
Loans made through the Federal Perkins Loan Program, often called Perkins Loans, are low-interest federal student loans for undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need.
Here's a quick overview of Federal Perkins Loans:
- Available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students
- Interest rate for this loan is five percent
- Spring Hill College is the lender
- Funds depend on your financial need and the availability of funds
Below is information on current loan programs offered via the federal government. This information is not comprehensive and is subject to change at any time per changes in federal regulations. Please see the Federal Student Aid website for information not available here.
FASTChoice provides a list of private lenders and allows students and prospective students to apply for a loan.