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A loan is aid that must be repaid. Total aid awarded in loans, grants, and scholarships may not exceed a student's total Cost of Attendance. If eligible, the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan will be included in the financial aid award package. Students who require additional funds may apply for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan or a Private Educational Loan. For a quick comparison between these two types of loans, please view this Federal Student Loan vs Private Student Loan comparison chart.

 Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

Graduate students may borrow up to a maximum of $20,500 per academic year in a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan accrues interest while the student is enrolled, and the student may choose to pay the interest monthly or have it capitalized until repayment. The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan maximum for PsyD (Doctorate in Psychology) students is $33,000 per academic year. Students who apply for financial aid will automatically be considered for this loan.

NOTE: The maximum loan limit per academic year is $20,500 ($33,000 for PsyD students).

Federal Direct Loan funds, minus the origination fee, are disbursed through the school at the beginning of each term. For detailed information regarding the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, including current interest rates and fees, visit the Federal Student Aid website.

If you accepted a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loan and this is your first loan at Pepperdine GSEP, you are required to complete both the Loan Entrance Counseling and a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). This is a federal requirement and must be completed before the Financial Aid Office can process your loan. 

 Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is an option for students who need additional funding beyond what is available through the Federal Stafford Loan program. The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a federally-guaranteed loan that requires credit approval from the U.S. Department of Education. It is generally available to students who do not have adverse credit. The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan may be borrowed for up to a student's Cost of Attendance minus other financial aid that has been awarded.

For detailed information regarding this loan, including the current interest rate, please visit the Federal Student Aid website. In order to begin the application process, please visit Student Loans and use your FSA ID to access the website. Once logged in, select "Request a PLUS Loan" from the menu options so that you can complete both the credit check and PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN).

 Private Educational Loans

Private Education Loans, also known as Alternative Education Loans, are available to students who require additional financial assistance. These loans are offered by financial institutions, such as banks or credit unions, and are available to students with good credit or with a creditworthy cosigner. Many private lenders offer loans with both variable and fixed interest rates. With a variable-rate loan, rates can rise or fall depending on the economy. They often have a lower beginning rate than the fixed-rate loan, and monthly payment amounts change when the interest rate changes. With a fixed-rate loan, the interest rate stays the same for the life of the loan. Fixed-rate loans often have higher rates than the variable-rate loans and have set monthly payment amounts.

When choosing a private loan, students should compare the loan terms offered by several programs in order to choose the best fit. Interest rates, fees, loan repayment schedules, and the financial stability of the lender are primary factors to consider.

For additional information regarding private loans and comparisons, please visit FASTChoice. FASTChoice helps you determine which loan is right for you by providing detailed information for various loans, as well as the terms and benefits offered by different lenders.


 Federal Direct Loan History

Loan History

To check your loan history and details of all loans borrowed for your undergraduate or graduate education, please visit the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). You will need your FSA ID to access your information.

Loan Servicer Information

Your loan servicer, or lender, is the company that handles your federal student loan. Your loan servicer will assist you with loan repayment, loan consolidation, deferment, and forbearance. To view who your loan servicer is, visit the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). You will need your FSA ID to access your information.

Here is a list of phone numbers for the Federal Loan Servicers:

 Federal Direct Loan Resources

Federal Direct Loan Basics

As a graduate or professional student, it is likely you'll need to rely on student loans to help pay for at least part of your education. Federal student loans (loans made by the federal government) are available to help you cover your education expenses. This federal student loan guide will walk you through the basics of responsible borrowing.

While it is not a requirement, you can complete the Financial Awareness Counseling provided by Federal Student Aid. It is a brief course that gives you the tools and information to help you understand your financial aid and assists you in managing your finances.

Loan Repayment

For graduate loans, you will have six months after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment before you must begin making payments. You can use this time to get financially settled, to determine your expected income and expenses, and to select a repayment plan. Once you enter repayment, you must make your payments on time to avoid delinquency and default. This loan repayment guide will walk you through the basics of repaying your loans.