Federal Direct Subsidized loans
Federal Direct Subsidized Loans are low interest loans available to undergraduate students with financial need. To qualify, the student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet eligibility requirements. The U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on a Federal Direct Subsidized Loan while the student is in school at least half-time, for the first six months after you leave school, and during a period of deferment. Repayment begins six months after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment. There are multiple repayment options available to borrowers. The amount a student can borrow depends on a variety of factors including program, grade level, and dependency status. The U.S. Department of Education has set annual and aggregate borrowing limits. For first-time borrowers, the Subsidized Usage Limit Applies (SULA). SULA limits a first-time borrower's eligibility for Federal Direct Subsidized Loans to a period not to exceed 150% of the length of the borrower's educational program. For more information regarding Federal Direct Subsidized Loans including interest rates, loan origination fees, borrowing limits, SULA, and repayment plans, go to studentaid.gov.
FEDERAL DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED LOANS
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans are low interest loans available to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. To qualify, the student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet eligibility requirements. There is no requirement to demonstrate financial need. Borrowers of unsubsidized loans are responsible for paying the interest during all periods. Repayment begins six months after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment. There are multiple repayment options available to borrowers. The amount a student can borrow depends on a variety of factors including program, grade level, and dependency status. The U.S. Department of Education has set annual and aggregate borrowing limits. For more information regarding Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans including interest rates, loan origination fees, borrowing limits, and repayment plans, go to studentaid.gov.
FEDERAL DIRECT Parent PLUS LOANS
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans are federal student loans that are available to parents of dependent students. To qualify, the student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet eligibility requirements. A credit check is required by the parent to receive a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, so a borrower must not have an adverse credit history. A parent with an adverse credit history may obtain an endorser or appeal the credit decision. During the application process, a borrower may choose to defer the payments on a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan while the student is enrolled at least half-time and for an additional six months after the student graduates, leaves school, or drops below half-time enrollment. Interest will accrue on the loan during all periods. The maximum Parent PLUS Loan amount you can borrow is the cost of attendance minus any other financial assistance the student receives. If a parent is unable to obtain a Parent PLUS Loan, the student may qualify for an additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. For more information regarding Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans including interest rates, loan origination fees, and repayment plans, go to studentaid.gov.
ALTERNATIVE STUDENT LOANS
Alternative Loans (also referred to as private student loans) are offered by private lending institutions and are not guaranteed by the federal government. These funds are available to students who may not be eligible for federal financial aid or who may need to bridge the gap between the actual cost of education and their federal financial aid. Eligibility for alternative student loans is credit based. Students who do not have established credit may need a co-signer. Eligibility requirements and loan terms vary from lender to lender. The amount borrowed cannot exceed your cost of attendance minus other financial aid. For a comparison of federal versus private student loans, go to studentaid.gov.
As of 2017, Lincoln Memorial University's official three-year default rate was 3.8%.
Truth in Lending Disclosure
In borrowing student loans for college, it is important to be aware of the following:
You should always exhaust all federal student loan borrowing before considering borrowing
private student loans because the federal student loans typically have better terms,
i.e.: fixed interest rate, more flexible repayment terms, etc. However, if you find
you are in need of additional loan funds after borrowing all of the federal loans
available to you, below is some important information.
Private loans differ from lender to lender. It’s important to ask questions when seeking a private student loan, so you can compare loans and choose the one that best fits your needs.
Research before you borrow:
Will I need a cosigner?
What is the interest rate?
Will I need to make payments while I’m in school?
Is there a minimum or maximum amount I can borrow?
When does the lender capitalize accrued interest? (add any unpaid interest to the principal loan balance, which increases the amount of money you have to pay back).
Does the lender offer electronic payments?
Does the lender offer interest rate reductions or other incentives to borrowers?
Is the interest based on Prime Rate or LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate)? Both are interest rates on which lenders may base your loan. You can compare these interest rate methods by going to the money rate tables published in the Wall Street Journal.
Choosing a Cosigner:
Since private student loans are credit based, you will probably need a cosigner to qualify. A cosigner is a person who agrees to assume responsibility for repaying your private student loan if you fail to repay.
Budgeting for Repayment:
You should plan ahead when taking out student loans so you know how much to budget for repayment.
Add up the total you will owe on your student loans. Your lender will send you a disclosure statement for each loan that you borrow before the loan is disbursed. Review your disclosure statement for each loan.
Estimate what your monthly payments will total. Lenders usually have a sample repayment schedule on their website. It will be helpful to review that schedule when planning your monthly budget.
Your Rights as a Student Loan Borrower:
You have the right to:
Cancel your loan
Obtain a copy of your Promissory Note; this is a legal agreement to repay your loan under the terms stated.
A notification of loan sale or transfer, your lender must notify you if your loan is sold or transferred to another organization. In the notification, you should have the new organizations name, address to where payments should be sent, and the telephone numbers for the new organization and a telephone number of the original lender from whom you borrowed.
A repayment schedule, you should receive this information before your first loan payment is due.
Your Responsibilities as a Borrower:
You are responsible for:
Repaying the loan as agreed, even if you do not complete your education, are unable to find employment or are dissatisfied with the education you received.
Repaying the loan even if a bill is not sent; failure to receive a bill does not relieve you of the obligation to repay your loans on schedule.
You must notify your lender or servicer if you:
Change your name, address and/or phone number
You drop below half time enrollment
You transfer to a different school.
You are unable to meet the agreed upon payment terms. Your bank may be able to work with you by setting up a forbearance which is a period of time when you are allowed to postpone or temporarily reduce the amount of the loan payment due to financial hardship.
New Lender Requirements for Lending Private Student Loans:
Once you have been credit approved for a private student loan, the lender will send you the following:
Application for Solicitation Disclosure: This will provide information about the range of rates, fees and other terms that apply.
Approval Disclosure: This notice contains the terms specific to your approved loan. The borrower has 30 calendar days to accept this offer. Upon loan acceptance, the borrower would be provided a promissory note from the lender to complete, sign and return to the lender.
Private Education Loan Applicant Self Certification Form: Applicant completes this self certification form and submits it to the lender.
Final Disclosure: Presented to the borrower after the loan is accepted and all required documentation is on file with the lender. This disclosure is made 3 business days before the loan is disbursed. The loan will not be disbursed until the 3 business days have elapsed. The borrower may cancel the loan within this 3 day period.
Lincoln Memorial University does not have a “Preferred Lender List” of private loan lenders that we recommend to students. Students are asked to research and select a lender independently of LMU. The Student Financial Services Office will support every effort made by a student to secure a private student loan, as needed.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA);
Enacted August 14, 2008
Public Law 110-35
NYIT Financial Aid Website
Dear Colleague Letter GEN-10-01