Federal Grant Programs | Federal Loan Programs
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell grants are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and who have not yet earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. The maximum award for the 2013-2014 award year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014) is $5,645. Then the maximum award for the 2014-2015 award year (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015) will increase to $5,730. The maximum can change each award year and depends on program funding.
The Pell Grant amount awarded will depend on:
Federal Direct Loan
Waldorf participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program commonly referred to as Direct Loans (DL). The Direct Loan program provides incentives and services that benefit our students and parents. The Direct Loan program provides stability that students will have continued access to student loans for future use.
There are several benefits to using the Direct Loan Program including:
Direct Loan Resource Center (StudentLoans.gov)
In order to receive federal student loans, you must complete certain requirements. The Department of Education has created a website, StudentLoans.gov, to manage borrower requirements and provide valuable information regarding federal student loans. The three items listed below are required from all borrowers.
To ensure that you understand your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower, the Federal Government requires you to participate in loan counseling prior to receiving a Direct Loan, if you have not previously received a Direct Loan, Federal Family Education Loan or Supplemental Loans to Students (SLS) Loan. The three items listed below are required from all borrowers.
Federal Stafford Loans
Stafford loans are Federal Student Loans made directly available to college and university students and are used to supplement personal and family resources, scholarships and grants. They may be subsidized by the U.S. Government or may be unsubsidized depending on the student's financial need.
Subsidized Stafford Loans
A Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan is awarded on the basis of the student's financial need and other specific eligibility requirements. The federal government does not charge interest on these loans while borrowers are enrolled at least half-time, during a six-month grace period, or during authorized periods of deferment.
Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
A Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is not based on the student's financial need, but students must also meet specific eligibility requirements. Interest is charged throughout the life of the loan. The borrower may choose to pay the interest charged on the loan or allow the interest to be capitalized (added to the loan principal).
Starting July 1st, 2014 the Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan interest rate is fixed at 4.66 percent for all loans disbursed after that date. The Federal Stafford Loan programs carry both annual and cumulative limits. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) lists your cumulative loans, but it is important to keep records of all of your loan transactions. You can also review your loan history online at: www.nslds.ed.gov.
Annual Stafford Loan Limits
Note: It is important to note that even if a student is financing their education on their own, dependency status is still determined by the school.
Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students
Federal PLUS loans enable parents with good credit histories to borrow money to pay the educational expenses of their children. Each child must be a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half time in an approved college or university. The primary benefit of PLUS Loans is that it allows parents to borrow federally guaranteed low interest loans to help pay for their child's education. The loans are not based on need, but when combined with other resources cannot exceed the student's cost of education. The interest rate on the Direct PLUS Loan is fixed at 7.4 percent as of July 1, 2014 and deferments apply only to the loan principal, not interest.
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