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Subsidized Loan

As a graduate student you are not eligible for a Federal Direct Subsidized loan.

Unsubsidized Loan

The Federal Direct unsubsidized loan will accrue interest while the student continues to be enrolled at least half-time. The interest will begin to accrue with the initial disbursement. You can pay the interest while you are in school, during grace periods and deferment/forbearance periods, or you can allow it to accrue. Although, you must file a FAFSA to be eligible, you are not required to demonstrate financial need to receive the Direct Unsubsidized loan. The Direct Unsubsidized loan interest rate changes annually. View the current rate (be sure to scroll down the page to view the rates).

Graduate/Professional Student PLUS Loan

Graduate or professional students enrolled at least half-time are eligible for a Federal Direct Grad PLUS loan. You don't have to start making payments until six months after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment. Interest accrues while you are enrolled. Learn more about this loan option.

Next Steps for Grad PLUS Loan

Pell Grant

As a graduate student you are not eligible for a Pell Grant.

Private Alternative Loans

Private or alternative loans are available to students who are not eligible for federal loans or who need assistance beyond their federal financial aid eligibility. These loans are made through banks and private lenders and are subject to their terms.

Federal Loan History

A student is able to access their federal loan history by logging into National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) using their Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID).