Student Loans

Federal Perkins Loan

Full-time students who demonstrate need are eligible. The amount varies according to unmet financial need and available funds. Repayment, which includes a 5% fixed interest rate, begins nine months after the student graduates from Lafayette or from graduate school, or completes military service.

These loans must be accepted or declined by logging on to your My Lafayette.

Federal Direct Student Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)

Federal Direct Student Loans are used by many students to help finance their education. Students must file the FAFSA and be enrolled at least half time in a degree-seeking program to be eligible. Renewal borrowers must also meet satisfactory academic progress standards.

Eligibility for the subsidized portion is based on the verified Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA, college costs for the year, and all other sources of aid. A subsidized loan will not accrue interest while the student is in school.

Students who do not qualify for the subsidized portion may still apply and borrow under the unsubsidized program. Interest accrues from the time the loan is disbursed. Students qualifying for the subsidized loan may also borrow through the additional unsubsidized eligibility.

A 1.072% fee will be proportionately deducted by the government from each loan disbursement. Repayment begins six months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half time.

Borrowing Limits

The annual loan amounts for dependent undergraduate students are indicated below. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Dependent Student Federal Direct Loan Limits Base Eligibility Additional Unsubsidized Eligibility Total Student Loan Eligibility Additional Unsubsidized Loan*
First-Year $3,500 $2,000 $5,500 $4,000
Sophomore $4,500 $2,000 $6,500 $4,000
Junior & Senior $5,500 $2,000 $7,500 $5,000


*Independent students or a dependent student whose parent PLUS loan has been denied may apply for the Additional Unsubsidized Loan.

INTEREST RATES

The interest rates for subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Student Loans:

First disbursement of a loan Interest rate on the unpaid balance
Made on or after And made before
July 1, 2014 July 1, 2015 4.66% fixed

This rate does not affect any prior loans made to borrowers

HOW TO APPLY FOR A DIRECT STUDENT LOAN

A FAFSA must be completed

First-Time Borrowers
  • Log on to your My Lafayette account and accept or decline all or part the Direct Loan funds that have been offered in your financial aid award.
  • On or after April 1, go to StudentLoans.gov and complete Entrance Counseling (this provides information about your rights and responsibilities as a borrower) and the Master Promissory Note.
Prior Borrowers

Log on to your My Lafayette account and accept or decline all or part of the Direct Loan funds that have been offered in your financial aid award.

If you are not applying for need based aid but wish to apply for loan assistance you must file the FAFSA and contact the loan coordinator at financialaidloans@lafayette.edu or call 610-330-5055.

DISBURSEMENT

Loan proceeds are received by the College and applied to the student’s account in two disbursements, one each semester. If a credit balance results after applying the loan to the student’s account, the excess will be refunded to the student by the controller’s office within two weeks of the disbursement.

REPAYMENT

Repayment of the loan begins six months after the student leaves Lafayette College, graduates, or ceases to be enrolled at least half time. The six-month period between graduation and repayment is considered the grace period. You Can Deal With It provides calculators to help project your monthly repayment at various interest rates.

Exit Counseling

Students who have borrowed through the Federal Student Loan programs are required to complete exit counseling if they are no longer enrolled at least half time. Lafayette College will be notified electronically when this requirement has been completed.

Go to studentloans.gov

For loan-related questions, please contact us at financialaidloans@lafayette.edu or
(610) 330-5055.

Office of Financial Aid

Lafayette College
107 Markle Hall
Easton, PA 18042

(610) 330-5055
Fax: (610) 330-5758
financialaid@lafayette.edu

Please include student's full name and Lafayette ID number with your inquiry. Personally identifiable data such as Social Security numbers or date of birth should not be emailed.

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