Federal Direct Stafford Student Loans, often referred to as Direct Loans or DL loans, are loans that a student may take out to help finance some of the cost of higher education. The maximum amount of Direct Loan offered to a student is limited by law based on grade level and dependency status. Your award in myBlue should reflect the amount that UNK can offer to you for this school year. Because it is debt that we are discussing, make sure that you make wise choices about your borrowing. Use this loan only to pay for your education, and borrow only what is minimally needed so that your debt remains manageable.
A student will receive the federal financial aid award including the Direct Loan eligibility once we receive your FAFSA, and if necessary once any additional documentation we might need is completed. Your financial aid award will be on our student information portal, MyBlue. In your first year of borrowing, receiving the loan awarded to you is a three step process.
As always you are welcome to contact us with any questions you might have regarding your financial aid. If you need assistance to complete this process, we can help you. We are located in the Memorial Student Affairs Building, and our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Direct Parent Loans (PLUS)
Direct PLUS Loans are part of the federal Direct Loan Program, which offers low-interest loans to students to help them pay for college. PLUS loans are federally guaranteed loans that are borrowed directly from the U.S. Department of Education and are funded by the U.S. Treasury. PLUS Loans are not awarded to students when they apply for aid. Instead, graduate/professional students (Grad PLUS loan) and parents of undergraduates (PLUS Loan) apply for these loans separately if they need additional funds to cover their educational costs. Repayment begins upon receipt of the full loan. Interest begins to accrue as soon as the school receives loan funding from this loan.. If you need additional help with college expenses after exhausting other scholarship, grant and federal student loan options, we would recommend that you consider the PLUS loan.
To request a PLUS loan for the 2014-2015 academic year, the UNK Office of Financial Aid requires a PLUS borrower to complete the instructions here:
Note: If you have borrowed a PLUS loan for a UNK student in the past, please note that our PLUS loan request process has changed. Beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year, PLUS loans no longer require a paper “Parental Authorization Form". Instead, please complete the online instructions provided in the link above.
As always, you are welcome to contact us with any questions you might have regarding PLUS loans and other types of financial aid.
The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a fixed interest loan program that enables graduate students to borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education to help pay for their educational expenses. This loan is available to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents.
This loan has many benefits such as a fixed interest rate, high credit approval rate and streamlined application process. Loan payments can be deferred while in school at least half time and the loan has flexible repayment options. As part of the Federal Direct Loan Program, this loan would also become part of your loan account that contains your Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan(s), thus reducing your number of lenders.
To apply, visit www.studentloans.gov. You will need to log in using your Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) PIN and select "Request a Direct PLUS Loan". The Officeof Financial Aid will receive notification of your completed application and will add approved loans to your financial aid package.
Alternative educational loans are available from private lenders and offer additional financial assistance to you if you have exhausted all other sources of funding for your education. These loans are meant to supplement federal and state aid when the Cost of Attendance (COA) is not fully covered by those programs. Alternative Student Loans are simply consumer loans with some student loan features, most notably that payments are deferred until the student is out of school. These loans are offered by various lenders each with unique terms and conditions. Generally, alternative loans have a higher interest rate and/or fees than federal student loans. We encourage students to visit with a financial aid counselor if they are considering an alternative loan.