Financial Aid
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Federal Direct Loan

The Federal Direct Loan Program is a guaranteed student loan program from the federal government.  Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), be admitted to an eligible program, attend at least half time, and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.  The Direct Stafford Loan Program has two types of loans - Subsidized and Unsubsidized.

Subsidized Direct Loan

The Subsidized Direct Loan is a need based loan awarded to undergraduate students.  Students are awarded this loan after being considered for grant aid first. If a student's need changes during the year, because they receive additional grants, scholarships, or waivers, their eligibility for Subsidized Loans may change.

Loan Terms

  • No interest accumulates on the Subsidized Loan while the student is attending at least half time. 
  • If the student drops below half time status, the grace period begins.
  • All loans have an origination fee.
  • For loans disbursed prior to July 1, 2012 or after July 1, 2014, there is no interest during the grace period.  For loans disbursed July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014, interest begins accruing during the grace period.
  • Repayment begins after the end of the grace period.

Limitation on Subsidized Loans

For first time undergraduate borrowers with a loan first disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 and be before July 1, 2021, eligibility for Direct Subsidized Loans was limited to 150% of the length of the student's current educational program.  Once the student had exceeded the maximum eligibility period, they were no longer eligible for Subsidized Loans and interest would have began to accrue on outstanding Subsidized Loans.  The FAFSA Simplification Act, part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, provided a repeal of this limit.  If your Direct Subsidized Loans had lost their subsidy benefits before July 1, 2021 and you have a balance greater than zero on July 1, 2021, those loans will have their subsidy benefits retroactively reinstated.

Interest Rates for Undergraduate students

Interest rates are established each year based on an index rate. The interest rate, once established on a loan, will be fixed for the life of that loan.

  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022: 3.73%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021: 2.75%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020: 4.53%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019: 5.05%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018: 4.45%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017: 3.76%

For prior interest rate information, visit StudentAid.gov.

Loan Fees

Loan fees are deducted from each loan disbursement:

  • The fee is 1.057% for loans with a first disbursement date on or after 10/1/2020 and before 10/1/2022.
  • The fee is 1.059% for loans with a first disbursement date on or after 10/1/2019 and before 10/1/2020.
  • The fee is 1.062% for loans with a first disbursement date on or after 10/1/2018 and before 10/1/2019.
  • The fee is  1.066% for loans with a first disbursement date on or after 10/1/2017 and before 10/1/2018.

Important Information for Graduate Students

Beginning July 1, 2012, graduate students are not eligible for Subsidized Direct Loans.


Unsubsidized Direct Loan

The Unsubsidized Direct Loan is a non-need based loan awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Students are awarded this loan after being considered for grant aid and need based loans first. 

Loan Terms

  • Interest begins accumulating on the Unsubsidized Loan when the funds are disbursed to the student.
  • All loans have an origination fee.
  • Once a student drops below half time status, the grace period begins.
  • Repayment begins after the end of the grace period.

Interest Rates for Undergraduate students

Interest rates are established each year based on an index rate. The interest rate, once established on a loan, will be fixed for the life of that loan.

  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022: 3.73%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021: 2.75%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020: 4.53%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019: 5.05%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018: 4.45%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017: 3.76%

For prior interest rate information, visit StudentAid.gov.

Interest Rates for Graduate Students

Interest rates are established each year based on an index rate.  The interest rate, once established on a loan, will be fixed for the life of that loan. Please note this rate is different than the rate for undergraduate students.

  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022: 5.28%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021: 4.30%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020: 6.08%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019: 6.6%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018: 6.00%
  • The rate for loans disbursed from July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017: 5.31%

For prior interest rate information, visit StudentAid.gov.

Loan Fees

Loan fees are deducted from each loan disbursement:

  • The fee is 1.057% for loans with a first disbursement date on or after 10/1/2020 and before 10/1/2022.
  • The fee is 1.059% for loans with a first disbursement date on or after 10/1/2019 and before 10/1/2020.
  • The fee is 1.062% for loans with a first disbursement date on or after 10/1/2018 and before 10/1/2019.
  • The fee is 1.066% for loans with a first disbursement date on or after 10/1/2017 and before 10/1/2018.

Application Process

Once you accept a Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized loan, the U.S. Department of Education requires you to complete three additional steps before the loan funds will credit toward the charges on your UW-W Student Account:

  1. Annual Student Loan Acknowledgment
  2. Entrance Counseling
  3. Master Promissory Note

These three steps are described in detail here: https://www.uww.edu/financialaid/process/receiving-aid/loan-requirements

Annual Loan Limits

Grade Level Dependent Student* Independent Student

Freshman (0-23 credits)

$5,500 (no more than $3,500 Subsidized) $9,500 (no more than $3,500 Subsidized)

Sophomore  (24-59 credits)

$6,500 (no more than $4,500 Subsidized) $10,500 (no more than $4,500 Subsidized)

Juniors & Senior (60+ credits)

$7,500 (no more than $5,500 Subsidized) $12,500 (no more than $5,500 Subsidized)
Graduate Students N/A $20,500

 

Lifetime Borrowing Limits

Dependent Students*  $31,000 (no more than $23,000 Subsidized)          
Independent Student    $57,500 (no more than $23,000 Subsidized)          
Graduate Students    $138,500 (no more than $65,500 Subsidized**)          

*Dependent Students whose parents cannot borrow a PLUS Loan have the same loan limits as Independent Students

**As of July 1, 2012, Graduate students are no longer eligible for Subsidized Loans.

Repayment

After the Direct Loan is disbursed to the student, the loan is assigned to one of the Federal Direct Loan Servicers.  The Loan Servicer will send periodic statements to the borrower regarding their loan status.  Once the student drops below half time status or stops attending, there is a six month grace period on the loan.  Students in this status will be required to complete Exit Loan Counseling.  Repayment begins after the grace period ends.  All repayment questions, including questions about deferment, forbearance, loan forgiveness, and consolidation should be directed to the Loan Servicer.  For students who need help contacting their Loan Servicer, visit StudentAid.gov.

For more detailed repayment information, you should visit the Repayment Calculator.  You can log in using your FSA ID to estimate payments based on your current loan balance.  


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