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Financial Aid | Loans for Undergraduate Students

FEDERAL DIRECT LOANS


All Ursuline College students who complete the FAFSA will be awarded the Federal Direct Loan based on the grade level. The Subsidized Direct Loan is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. The current interest rate for Subsidized Direct Loans for undergraduate students is 6.8%. The Unsubsidized Direct Loan is awarded to students who do not demonstrate financial need. Interest will accrue on unsubsidized loans and will capitalize unless you choose to pay the interest while in school. The interest rate for Unsubsidized Direct Loans is also 6.8%.

The Master Promissory Note (MPN) must be signed and on file with the Direct Loan Servicing Center in order for you to receive the loan funds. If you are a previous borrower and have a valid MPN on file, you are not required to sign again. The federal direct loan website listed below includes more detailed information on the electronic signature process and the loan details. 

New students must complete the following for the Direct Loan process (you will need your FAFSA PIN number to complete these items):
  • New students to Ursuline College must complete Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.ed.gov
  • All students must complete the Electronic Master Promissory Note (e-MPN) on the same website
Students must be enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours undergraduate; and 3 credit hours graduate) and meet all other compliance requirements in order for the loan funds to be credited to the student account.

Entrance Loan Counseling
Entrance Loan Counseling is required for first-time borrowers at Ursuline College (undergraduate and graduate). This counseling session provides information to help you make the right choices. The Department of Education has developed a quick and easy interactive counseling session that provides useful tips and tools to help you develop a budget for managing your educational expenses, and help you to understand your loan responsibilities. You can complete your Loan Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov - you should allow approximately 20 minutes for this session.

Know Your Responsibilities as a Borrower of a Direct Loan
  • Contact the Direct Loan Servicer if you change your permanent address or leave Ursuline College.
  • Borrow only what you need. Begin a budget and stick to it.
  • REPAY YOUR LOANS
Exit Loan Counseling
All students who have borrowed a Federal Stafford Loan (through a bank or through the Direct Loan Program) and have completed their degree, have chosen not to return to Ursuline College, or are attending on a less than half-time basis are required to complete Federal Student Loan Exit Counseling. This is a federal requirement and a mandatory process for all student loan borrowers.

The exit counseling session includes information about repayment options, deferments, and your rights and responsibilities for your student loan. You should allow 20-25 minutes to complete the Exit Counseling process. To complete the counseling session, go to www.studentloans.gov and click the Entrance Counseling link. You will need your federal PIN number to complete the process.
Note that Ursuline will offer one in-person Exit Session for graduating seniors each year in April. A bank representative will be available to review all of the information required for Exit Counseling and answer any questions you may have. You can choose this option instead of the on-line counseling if you wish. Information as to the date and time of the session each year will be sent to you with your graduation information.


FEDERAL PERKINS LOAN


Long term, low interest loan funded by the federal government, the college, and repayment of previous borrowers. Application for this loan is made by completing the FAFSA.
  • Eligibility for this loan is need based and will be indicated in financial aid award.
  • Eligible students must be attending at least half-time and maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
  • Student must sign an electronic master promissory note the first semester the loan is received.
  • Repayment begins 9 months after student graduates or falls below half time enrollment.
  • A 5% interest rate will be charged on the unpaid principal during repayment.
Are you going to borrow a Perkins loan? Your Financial Aid Award Letter lists Perkins Loan eligibility. You are not required to borrow through this program, or you may borrow less than the amounts listed on your Award Notification. In order to accept, reduce, or decline your Perkins Loan, you must go online to your My Ursuline account and log on to your NetPartner account, so that we may adjust our records.

If you were awarded and choose to accept a Perkins Loan, you must complete the four steps below: You must determine whether you are a new or continuing Perkins loan borrower. If you have never received a Perkins loan at Ursuline College, then consider yourself a new borrower. If you have received a Perkins loan at Ursuline, then you are considered a continuing borrower. New borrowers must complete the following steps in order to receive the Perkins Loan funds:
  1. Accept the Perkins Loan by going online to your My Ursuline account and log on to your NetPartner account.
  2. Complete the Perkins Loan Application (.pdf) and the Perkins LEC and Loan Request Form 
  3. Complete the Loan Entrance counseling
  4. Sign the promissory note in the Student Service Center during the first week of the semester.

PRIVATE LOANS

What are private loans?
Private loans are funds from private lenders to help cover educational costs. A student may want to consider a private loan when federal and/or state financial aid is not enough to cover the student's cost of attendance (COA).

How do I qualify for an private loan?
Each lender has specific criteria you must meet to qualify for a loan. Some loans may be for specific majors only and/or require a co-signer. Most lenders will review your credit history. In addition, Ursuline College may be asked to certify that you are making Satisfactory Academic Progress and that you have not exceeded your COA.

What is cost of attendance (COA)?
Your estimated COA is a standardized estimate of what it will cost you to attend Ursuline College for the academic year. The estimated COA is comprised of the following components: tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and miscellaneous expenses. Your financial aid package (including private loans) cannot exceed your estimated COA.

How do I know which private loan is right for me?
There are many things to consider when choosing a lender. Be sure to ask the following questions:
  • What is the loan origination (processing) fee?
  • What is the interest rate? Typically, the interest rate on private loans is higher than federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans.
  • When do I have to start repaying the loan? The repayment period for private loans varies among loan programs.
  • Do I have to be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress? The Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards requirement varies among loan programs.
How can I get additional information on other private loans?
Many lenders offer private loans. While Ursuline College does not endorse any specific private loan lender, our electronic lender list includes lenders that we work very closely with and whose loan programs fit our students needs the best. We encourage you to research various lenders and select the one that best fits your needs.

To review and compare some private loan products and begin the application process, please visit Great Lakes FAST Choice webpage. To begin the process, please click here.


FEDERAL DIRECT PLUS LOAN FOR PARENTS

Applying for a PLUS Loan and the Master Promissory Note (MPN)
There are two steps that a parent needs to complete in order to receive a Federal Direct PLUS Loan. The first step is to complete a PLUS Loan Application - this will determine if you are eligible to borrow for this program.  A credit check will be done once submitted and the results will be sent to both the parent and teh school.  The second step is completing the Master Promissory Note (MPN). The MPN is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to the Department. It also explains the terms and conditions of your loan(s). The MPN will be provided by the Department of Education through their website.

You can complete both the application and MPN electronically at the Direct Loans MPN website. These are two separate steps and you must complete both in order for your PLUS loan to be approved. If you are borrowing Direct PLUS Loans for more than one student, you'll need to complete a separate MPN for each one. To complete an MPN online, you will be required to use your Department of Education-issued PIN (not your child's). If you do not have a PIN, you may request one from the official PIN site. Remember, it is the parent who is borrowing through this loan program and therefore, the parent must complete each of these two steps (the application and MPN) using their PIN and their information.

In most cases, once you've submitted the MPN and it's been accepted, you won't have to fill out a new MPN for future loans you receive to pay for the educational expenses of the same student. You can borrow additional Direct Loans on a single MPN for up to 10 years.

You'll receive a disclosure statement that gives you specific information about any loan that the school plans to disburse under your MPN, including the loan amount and loan fees, and the expected loan disbursement dates and amounts.

Loan limits, interest rate and loan charges
There are no set limits for Direct PLUS Loans, but you may not borrow more than the cost of your child's education minus any other financial aid received, such as a Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loan. The school will determine the actual amount you may borrow.

The interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans is a fixed rate of 7.9%. Interest is charged on Direct PLUS Loans during all periods, beginning on the date of your loan's first disbursement. To find out more information on interest rates for Direct PLUS Loans, contact the Direct Loan Servicing Center.

In addition to interest, you pay a loan origination fee that is a percentage of the principal amount of each Direct PLUS Loan that you receive. This fee helps reduce the cost of making these low-interest loans. We deduct the fee before you receive any loan money, so the loan amount you actually receive will be less than the amount you have to repay.

Dependent students whose parents have applied for but were unable to get a PLUS Loan are eligible to receive additional Direct Unsubsidized Loan funds.

Using the loan for education expenses: You may use the loan money you receive only to pay for your child's education expenses at the school that is giving you the loan. Education expenses include school charges such as tuition, room and board, fees, and indirect expenses such as books, supplies, equipment, dependent child care expenses, transportation, and rental or purchase of a personal computer.

Additional Unsubsidized Based on Parent PLUS Denial
Parents who have been denied the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) based on adverse credit may request their dependent students receive the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. This request should be made to the Financial Aid Office. Eligible students can receive up to $4,000 unsubsidized for freshmen and sophomore years and up to $5,000 for junior and senior years.


Student Loan Calculators

This Loan Payment Calculator will estimate your monthly loan payments and the annual salary required to manage them. The Cost of Interest Capitalization provides calculations for interest capitalization on unsubsidized Stafford loans.


TEACH Grant Program Summary

Teaching Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program provides grants up to $4,000 per academic year with an undergraduate maximum of $16,000 and a graduate maximum of $8,000 to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. 

To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria:
  • Complete the FAFSA, although you do not have to demonstrate financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a postsecondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant program.
  • Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework. Such coursework may include subject area course (math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher)
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.25)
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field (bilingual education, English Language acquisition, foreign language, mathematics, reading specialist, science, special education) in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.  IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed.

TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling will explain the TEACH Grant Program and the TEACH Grant service obligation you agree to meet as a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant. You must complete TEACH Grant counseling each year that you receive a TEACH Grant before you sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS) for that year. The counseling session consists of a TEACH Grant Overview and three additional sections that cover the following topics in detail:
  • Your TEACH Grant ATS
  • Your Service Obligation
  • Conversion of a TEACH Grant to a Loan
We estimate that it will take 45 minutes to complete the TEACH Grant counseling and 30 minutes to complete your ATS. Once you complete your TEACH Grant counseling, you may immediately complete your ATS or logout and complete the ATS at a later time. You can begin the TEACH Grant counseling at https://teach-ats.ed.gov.

Canceling Your TEACH Grant
If you decide that you don’t want a TEACH Grant (or if you want to receive less than the full amount for which you are eligible), you can cancel all or part of your TEACH Grant by notifying your school by the later of:
  • 14 days after the date the school notifies you of your right to cancel all or part of the TEACH Grant
  • The first day of the school’s payment period
If you notify your school within the timeframe described above, your school is required to return the TEACH Grant funds to the Department. If you notify your school outside the timeframe described above, but within 120 days of the TEACH Grant disbursement date, your school may return the TEACH Grant funds to the Department, but isn’t required to do so. Any TEACH Grant Funds that your school returns to the Department based on your request will not be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

Converting Your TEACH Grant to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan
At any time, you can ask the Department’s Direct Loan Servicing Center to covert your TEACH Grant to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that you can then repay.
  • Once a TEACH Grant has been converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan, it can’t be converted back to a grant.
  • Any TEACH Grant that is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan won’t count toward the annual or aggregate loan limits that apply to other federal student loans you’ve received or may received in the future to help pay for your education.
Direct Loan Servicing Center
The Department’s Direct Loan Servicing Center has certain responsibilities related to your TEACH Grant. The Direct Loan Servicing Center will:
  • Periodically communicate with you regarding your TEACH Grant(s) while you’re completing your program of study and after you’re no longer enrolled.
  • Track your progress in meeting the requirements of your TEACH Grant service obligation.
  • Service and collect your Direct Unsubsidized Loan, if a TEACH Grant you received is converted to a loan
Contacting the Direct Loan Servicing Center
U.S. Department of Education
TEACH Grant Program
P.O. Box 5609
Greenville, TX  75403-5609
Toll Free:  1-800-848-0979
Overseas/International: 011-315-738-6634
https://www.myedaccount.com

Agreement to Serve (ATS)
Disclosure Statement
For each TEACH Grant you receive, the Department will send you a disclosure statement that provides important information about the TEACH Grant funds the school you are attending plans to disburse (pay out) to you.

Your disclosure statement will provide the following information:
  • Award Amount: This is the total amount of TEACH Grant funds that the school you are attending plans to disburse.
  • Disbursement Dates and Amounts: These are the dates and amounts of each TEACH Grant disbursement that your school plans to make. Your school will disburse your TEACH Grant in more than one installment, by crediting your account, paying you directly, or both.
Your school and the Department’s Direct Loan Servicing Center will notify you of the actual disbursement dates and amounts at the time of disbursement. Be sure to keep you disclosure statement and all other correspondence related to your TEACH Grant.

Highly Qualified Teacher
To be deemed a highly qualified, teachers must have:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Full state certification or licensure
  • Prove that they know each subject they teach
Teaching in a High-Need Field
You can search the Department’s Nationwide List of designated teacher subject shortage areas at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.pdf.
  • In order to satisfy your TEACH Grant service obligation by teaching in another high-need field listed in the Department’s Nationwide List, (that is, in a field other than mathematics, science, foreign language, bilingual education, English language acquisition, special education, or reading specialist), that field must be on the list for the state in which you begin teaching at the time you begin teaching in that field.
    • This means that if a field is on the Nationwide List for the state where you plan to teach at the time you’re completing the academic program for which you receive a TEACH Grant, but is no longer on the list when you begin teaching, you wouldn’t be able to meet your service obligation by teaching in that field.  
  • If you begin qualifying teaching service in a high-need field that is on the Nationwide List, but in subsequent school years of teaching that high-need field is no longer listed, your subsequent years of teaching in that field will continue to qualify for purposes of satisfying your service obligation.
Documenting Your TEACH Service Obligation
Unless you’ve received a temporary suspension of the 8-year period for completing your service obligation, or your service obligation has been discharged, you must keep the Direct Loan Servicing Center informed of your progress toward satisfying your service obligation.

Within 120 days after you’re no longer enrolled in the program for which you received a TEACH Grant, you must notify the Direct Loan Servicing Center in writing that you:
  • Are employed as a full-time teacher in accordance with the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant Program,
  • Aren’t yet employed as a full-time teacher, but you still intend to meet the terms and conditions of your service obligation.