Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

How to apply

Priority Dates

  • Fall/spring: March 15
  • Spring only: Aug. 15
  • Summer: Feb. 15*

Description

This loanA loan is a type of financial aid that must be repaid, with interest. The Federal Student Loan Program is a good method of financing the costs of your college education. These loans are better than most consumer loans because they have lower interest rates. The Federal Loans and Perkins Loans also provide a variety of deferment options and extended repayment terms. is not based on financial need.  The lenderA lender is a financial institution that provides funds to the student or parent for an educational loan. is the U.S. Department of Education. 

You'll be responsible for any interest that accrues during in-school and defermentoccurs when a borrower is allowed to postpone repaying the loan. If the student has a subsidized loan, the federal government pays the interest charges during the deferment period. If they have an unsubsidized loan, they are responsible for the interest that accrues during the deferment period. The student can still postpone paying the interest charges by capitalizing the interest, which increases the size of the loan. Most federal loan programs allow students to defer their loans while they are in school at least halftime. If they do not qualify for a deferment, they may be able to get a Forbearance. Students cannot get a deferment if their loan is in default. periods.  Interest payments can be made while half-timeDuring each term, 6-8 credit hours is considered half-time for undergraduate students. For graduate students, 5 hours is considered half-time. enrollment is active or can be deferred until graduation. However, if deferment is activated, the interest that accrues while you remain in-school will capitalize (added to the principalThe principal is the amount of money borrowed or remaining unpaid on a loan. Interest is charged as a percentage of the principal. Insurance and origination fees will be deducted from this amount before disbursement. of the loan balance) when repayment begins.

Amount

Annual borrowing limits are based on the student's academic level and dependency status.

DependentSee Dependency Status. undergraduates

Academic LevelMaximum Subsidized AmountAdditional Unsubsidized AmountAnnual maximum amounts a dependent undergraduate may borrow in combined Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Stafford LoanA loan is a type of financial aid that must be repaid, with interest. The Federal Student Loan Program is a good method of financing the costs of your college education. These loans are better than most consumer loans because they have lower interest rates. The Federal Loans and Perkins Loans also provide a variety of deferment options and extended repayment terms.
Freshman$3,500$2,000$5,500
Sophomore$4,500$2,000$6,500
Junior/Senior$5,500$2,000$7,500

 

Independent undergraduates

Academic Level Maximum Subsidized AmountAdditional Unsubsidized AmountAnnual maximum amounts a independent undergraduate may borrow in combined Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan
Freshman$3,500$6,000$9,500
Sophomore$4,500$6,000$10,500
Junior/Senior$5,500$7,000$12,500

 The annual limit cannot exceed UNT Cost of Attendance minus the other financial aid the student receives.

 

Lifetime (Aggregate) Loan Lmits

There is a maximum lifetime limit that a student can borrow in Federal Direct student loans. This is called the Aggregate Loan Limit. Once a student reaches these loan limits, he/she cannot borrow Federal Direct student loans. See chart below for the undergraduate lifetime limits.

Dependent$31,000 – No more than $23,000 of this amount may be in subsidized loans
Independent$57,500 for undergraduates – No more than $23,00 of this amount may be in subsidized loans

 

Graduate and professional students

Graduate/Professional direct loan Unsubsidized Annual Maximum Graduate/Professional Direct Loan Maximum Lifetime Loan Limit
$20,500$138,500

 

 

Eligibility

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)The FAFSA is used to apply for Pell Grants and all other aid. Complete your FAFSA via web at www.fafsa.gov . As the name suggests, no fee is charged to file a FAFSA. Follow the directions carefully to ensure proper and efficient processing. must be completed for Federal Direct LoanA loan is a type of financial aid that must be repaid, with interest. The Federal Student Loan Program is a good method of financing the costs of your college education. These loans are better than most consumer loans because they have lower interest rates. The Federal Loans and Perkins Loans also provide a variety of deferment options and extended repayment terms. eligibility to be determined.
  • Be enrolled at least half-timeDuring each term, 6-8 credit hours is considered half-time for undergraduate students. For graduate students, 5 hours is considered half-time.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic ProgressA student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to continue to receive financial aid. Students must maintain a certain qualitative standard (i.e. cumulative GPA) in addition to maintaining a quantitative standard (i.e. successfully completing a required number of credit hours). Students must also complete their degree or certificate program within a maximum timeframe, which may vary according to the student’s status and program. If a student does not maintain the required standards, the student may lose their financial aid eligibility. requirements
  • Be registered with the Selective ServiceThe Selective Service Administration executes registration for the military draft. Male students who are US citizens and have reached the age of 18 and were born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service to be eligible for federal financial aid. (males only)
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or eligible non-citizenSomeone who is not a US citizen but is nevertheless eligible for Federal student aid. Eligible non-citizens include US permanent residents who are holders of valid green cards, US nationals, holders of form I-94 who have been granted refugee or asylum status, and certain other non-citizens. Non-citizens who hold a student visa or an exchange visitor visa are not eligible for Federal student aid.

Payment

LoanA loan is a type of financial aid that must be repaid, with interest. The Federal Student Loan Program is a good method of financing the costs of your college education. These loans are better than most consumer loans because they have lower interest rates. The Federal Loans and Perkins Loans also provide a variety of deferment options and extended repayment terms. funds will not disburse (pay) until all requested documentation has been submitted, and your aid application is considered to be complete.

A note will be placed on your  myUNT "To Do List" if additional steps are required before disbursementDisbursement is the release of loan funds to the school for delivery to the borrower. The payment will be made co-payable to the student and the school. Loan funds are first credited to the student's account for payment of tuition and fees. Any excess funds are then paid to the student in cash or by check for the purpose of paying for other educational expenses..

Federal Regulations state financial aid must wait until 10 days before the start of the semester (Fall then Spring) to begin disbursing money to pay your account. Taking this into account, if the financial aid file is complete we will disburse as early as 10 days before the start of the semester. Disbursements can also occur throughout an enrollment term upon completion of a file. Student accounting will begin the refund process once funds have been released to your account.

For Summer, loan funds will be released in one disbursement on the 1st class day of the session in which you establish half-timeDuring each term, 6-8 credit hours is considered half-time for undergraduate students. For graduate students, 5 hours is considered half-time. attendance.

Interest Rate

Interest rates for the the Federal Direct Student Loans are determined each spring before the upcoming award yearThe academic year is defined as a set number of semesters as determined by the institution. (defined as July 1st through June 30th). Each loan will have a fixed interestIn a fixed interest loan, the interest rate stays the same for the life of the loan. rate for the life of the loan. You can find additional information regarding the Federal Student Loan interest rates at the Federal Student Aid website.

Repayment

Repayment begins six months after enrollment drops below half-timeDuring each term, 6-8 credit hours is considered half-time for undergraduate students. For graduate students, 5 hours is considered half-time. status or upon the point of graduation.

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PayBackSmarter is a free tool to assist you in understanding your student loan repayment options. Their repayment calculator gives you a simple, visual way to review each different plan. Additional information is available here.

For more information regarding repayment, please visit Direct Loan Repayment Plans. For information regarding defermentoccurs when a borrower is allowed to postpone repaying the loan. If the student has a subsidized loan, the federal government pays the interest charges during the deferment period. If they have an unsubsidized loan, they are responsible for the interest that accrues during the deferment period. The student can still postpone paying the interest charges by capitalizing the interest, which increases the size of the loan. Most federal loan programs allow students to defer their loans while they are in school at least halftime. If they do not qualify for a deferment, they may be able to get a Forbearance. Students cannot get a deferment if their loan is in default. or forbearanceDuring a forbearance the lender allows the borrower to temporarily postpone repaying the principal, but the interest charges continue to accrue, even on subsidized loans. The borrower must continue paying the interest charges during the forbearance period. Forbearances are granted at the lender's discretion, usually in cases of extreme financial hardship or other unusual circumstances when the borrower does not qualify for a deferment. Students cannot receive a forbearance if your loan is in default., please visit Direct Loan Deferment and Forbearance.

Repayment Length

Between 10 and 25 years to repay, depending on the amount owed and repayment plan selected.

Additional Information

  • If you are a new borrowerSee First-Time Borrower at UNT (including transfer students), you may complete your Federal Direct LoanA loan is a type of financial aid that must be repaid, with interest. The Federal Student Loan Program is a good method of financing the costs of your college education. These loans are better than most consumer loans because they have lower interest rates. The Federal Loans and Perkins Loans also provide a variety of deferment options and extended repayment terms. Entrance counseling at StudentLoans.gov anytime after being awarded federal aid.  You will need your Federal Student Aid ID and enter University of North Texas as a school to receive the results. You must complete the counseling before your school can make the first payment of your loan. The counseling will help you understand your responsibilities about your loan.
  • Effective Summer 2014, continuing UNT borrowers will need to complete the Financial Awareness Counseling Tool (FACT) annually. This is a step in UNT's DefaultA loan is in default when the borrower fails to pay several regular installments on time (i.e., payments overdue by 180 days) or otherwise fails to meet the terms and conditions of the loan. If the student defaults on a loan, then the university, the holder of the loan, the state, and the federal government can take legal action to recover the money. This may include garnishing your wages and withholding income tax refunds. Defaulting on a government loan will make the student ineligible for future federal financial aid, unless a satisfactory repayment schedule is arranged, and can affect their credit rating. Aversion Plan; our goal is to ensure that each borrower understands how to manage their student loan and the commitment that comes with the acceptance of a student loan. Above all, borrowers must realize that student loans are not grants or scholarships; they require repayment. We recommend you to complete your Financial Awareness Counseling by visiting StudentLoans.gov, log in with your Federal Student Aid ID, select Complete Counseling then Financial Awareness Counseling. You must complete the counseling before UNT can make any payment of your loan.
  • The U.S. Department of Education charges an origination feeThe origination fee is paid to the bank to compensate them for the cost of administering the loan. The origination fees are charged as the loan is disbursed, and typically run to 3% of the amount disbursed. A portion of this fee is paid to federal government to offset the administrative costs of the loan. of the total amount borrowed per loan. This fee is deducted from the loan by the Department of Education before the proceeds are credited to a student's account. You can find additional information regarding the Federal Student Loan fees at the Federal Student Aid website.
  • Borrowers must electronically sign a Federal Direct Loan Subsidized/Unsubsidized Master Promissory Note.
  • Please visit the Federal Student Aid website for more information.
  • Each Federal Direct Loan borrower at the University of North Texas is required to complete Student Exit Counseling shortly before completing a degree, leaving UNT (i.e., withdrawing, graduation) or ceasing half-timeDuring each term, 6-8 credit hours is considered half-time for undergraduate students. For graduate students, 5 hours is considered half-time. enrollment.  To complete this requirement, go to StudentLoans.gov, log in with your Federal Student Aid ID, select Complete Counseling then Exit Counseling.