Federal Direct Loans allow students to meet some of their education cost by borrowing money. Students must apply for these loans each school year by completing the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA-www.fafsa.gov). Loans are awarded based on the level of courses completed in a student’s program of study and cannot exceed WSCC established student budget, including other aid. Loans are awarded for the standard loan amounts for subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Additional unsubsidized loan amounts may be available upon request. A master promissory note with the lender must be e-signed by the borrower to officially document the obligation to repay the loan funds. Funds are applied to the student’s educational costs and/or disbursed on a federally regulated disbursement schedule. Disbursement amounts will be slightly lower than award amounts as fees are deducted prior to receipt of funds. Each WSCC loan recipient must complete Loan Entrance counseling before any funds can be disbursed. An Exit Counseling is also required for students not returning for WSCC course enrollment. Go to www.wallacestate.edu and click on Financial Aid for information.
Students should understand that if they choose to accept a Direct Loan pertinent personal information will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and will be accessible by guarantee agencies, lenders and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system.
NOTE: Wallace State Community College will not certify a Direct Loan for a Dual Enrollment, Fast Track or any high school student. Those students are not eligible for Alternative Loans at Wallace State Community College.
Federal Subsidized Direct Loan
Federal Subsidized Direct Loans are awarded on the basis of financial need as established by the FAFSA application. The federal government pays the interest while the borrower is enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours) at an eligible institution and during deferment. Loan eligibility is based on the cost of education, less expected family contribution as determined by their Pell Grant (SAR), other aid the borrower may receive and federal restrictions (completed Admission file before guarantee is processed, progress as established by federal guide- lines, and be in good standing with WSCC). A number of repayment options are available as this loan must be repaid. Interest rates are variable and origination fees are charged at the time of each disbursement. Direct Loan Program regulations changed so that a new borrower on or after July 1, 2013, is no longer eligible to receive additional Direct Subsidized Loans if the period during which the borrower has received such loans meets or exceeds 150 percent of the published length of the program in which the borrower is currently enrolled. These borrowers may still receive Direct Unsubsidized Loans for which they are otherwise eligible. The new Direct Loan Program regulations provide that new borrowers who are ineligible for Direct Subsidized Loans as a result of these provisions and enroll in a program for which the borrower would otherwise be eligible for a Direct Subsidized Loan become responsible for accruing interest on all previously received Direct Subsidized Loans during all future periods, beginning on the date of the triggering enrollment. Student should check their Direct Loans at www.nslds.ed.gov if they have questions about the amount of money or the number of years they have received Subsidized Loans. Students who received all of their Subsidized Direct Loan eligibility for particular year have received the equivalent to 1 year. For example if a student is enrolled in a 2-year program at WSCC. The student is eligible to receive up to 3 years of Subsidized Loans while at WSCC. If the student has received Subsidized Direct Loans for other programs or at other schools, those years count toward their Subsidized Loan eligibility at WSCC.
Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan
Eligible students can receive the Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan regardless of family income if within federal budget guidelines within the published limits of the USDE. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) school year to determine eligibility. The term unsubsidized means that interest does accrue while borrower is enrolled. These loans have a variable interest rate and the interest begins accumulating immediately. A number of repayment options are available as this loan must be repaid. Check the on-line repayment schedule to determine how much to borrow (www.studentaid.ed.gov). These loans have the same criteria for eligibility as the subsidized loan.