Loans

William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

Federal Direct Loans are low-interest loans for students and parents to help pay for the cost of a student's education. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education. There are two kinds of Federal Direct loans available at Florida Gulf Coast University.

 

  • How to Apply

  • National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

  • Entrance & Exit Counseling

  • Master Promissory Note

  • Loan Repayment Options

Federal Direct Stafford Loans

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are not awarded on the basis of need. For Unsubsidized Stafford loans, students are responsible for all of the interest that accrues while the student is enrolled in school.

The U.S. Department of Education is the lender for all Federal Direct Loans at Florida Gulf Coast University.

How to Apply

You must complete the steps below before receiving a Federal Direct Stafford Loan:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • If eligible based on your FAFSA, a loan may be offered to you via your Gulfline account.
  • You must Accept, Decline or Reduce your loan through Gulfline.
  • If you are a new borrower, you must complete the online Entrance Interview. Please check Gulfline to see if an Entrance Interview is listed under your "unsatisfied requirements."
  • If you are a new borrower a MPN (Master Promissory Note) will need to be e-signed. You may sign your MPN online at Studentloans.gov.
Loan Type Grade Level First Disbursement Date Interest Rate
Direct Unsubsidized Loans Graduate On or after 7/1/17 and before 6/30/18 6.00%
Direct Unsubsidized Loans Graduate On or after 7/1/18 and before 6/30/19 6.60%
LOAN TYPE Grade Level FIRST DISBURSEMENT DATE Origination Fee
Direct Unsubsidized Loans Graduate On or after 10/1/17 and before 10/1/18 1.066%
Direct Unsubsidized Loans Graduate On or after 10/1/18 and before 10/1/19 1.062%

 

Borrowing Limits for Federal Stafford and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

The table below shows the maximum amount a student can borrow each year, depending on the student's dependency status, as determined by information on the FAFSA, and the student's academic level.

Dependent Students Unsubsidized = Total Annual Amount/limit
Graduate or Professional $20,500 $20,500 

 

Aggregate Loan Limits

Graduate or Professional: $138,500

Federal Direct PLUS Loans

How to Apply for a PLUS Loan

 

PLUS Loan applications can be completed online at http://studentloans.gov/ for both Parent PLUS Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans. In addition the student must also complete a FAFSA in order to receive a Parent PLUS or Graduate PLUS loan. A FSA ID is required to complete the FAFSA application and to sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN). This is the same FSA ID used to complete the FAFSA. FGCU will receive the completed application and credit decision electronically within 2-3 business days and will award the PLUS Loan to the student's account accordingly.

LOAN TYPE Grade Level FIRST DISBURSEMENT DATE INTEREST RATE
Direct PLUS Loans Graduate On or after 7/1/17 and before 6/30/18 7.00%
Direct PLUS Loans Graduate On or after 7/1/18 and before 6/30/19 7.60%
LOAN TYPE Grade Level FIRST DISBURSEMENT DATE Origination Fee
Direct PLUS Loans Graduate On or after 10/1/17 and before 10/1/18 4.264%
Direct PLUS Loans Graduate On or after 10/1/18 and before 10/1/19 4.248%

 

Private/Alternative Loans

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships encourages all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and exhaust all federal, state, and institutional aid eligibility, including Federal Stafford Loans, before applying for a private loan. It is strongly recommended that students contact a Financial Aid Officer prior to applying for a private loan.

 

Additional Information on Private Loans

  • You may select any lender of your choice. FGCU does not recommend any particular lender and does not maintain a preferred lender list.
  • The lender will conduct a credit check prior to approval.
  • Interest rates, fees and terms vary among lenders. Contact the lender for detailed information on rates and terms.
  • The borrower (student) must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree program and be meeting standards of academic progress.
  • Most lenders require a co-signer with good credit.
  • Processing time for private loans may take up to 2 to 3 weeks.
  • It is strongly recommended that you borrow Federal Direct Stafford Loans and Federal Direct PLUS Loans before considering a private loan.