To qualify for any of the following federal loans, students must first complete the FAFSA for the academic year.
- Federal Direct Loans
For the 2020-2021 school year, the interest rate on Direct Loans obtained by undergraduates is fixed at 2.75 percent when disbursed after July 1, 2020. If your Direct Loans are disbursed prior to July 1, 2020 the interest rate is 4.53 percent. Direct Loans with a first disbursement date on or after October 1, 2019 have a 1.059 percent origination fee. Loans with a first disbursement date on or after October 1, 2020 have an origination fee of 1.057 percent. Repayment on Direct Loans begins six months after the student drops below half-time enrollment or graduates.
Visit Federal Student Aid for more information about Federal Direct Loans. Additional Direct Loan terms and conditions can be found on the MPN.
Direct Subsidized Loans are awarded to undergraduate students with unmet financial need as determined by subtracting the Expected Family Contribution (calculated by FAFSA) from the cost of education. The federal government pays the interest on Direct Subsidized Loans while the student is attending school at least half-time and during authorized deferment periods.
Direct Unsubsidized Loans accrue interest from the day the funds are disbursed. The Direct Unsubsidized Loan interest rate for undergraduate students is currently 2.075 percent. The Direct Unsubsidized Loan interest rate for graduate students is 4.30 percent. Students may choose to pay the interest while they are in school or to have the interest added to the principal balance. The government does not pay the interest on Direct Unsubsidized Loans at any time.
- Direct PLUS Loans for Parents
A Direct PLUS Loan may be obtained by the parent of a dependent undergraduate student. A parent may borrow up to the amount needed to cover the cost of attendance not met by other aid.
For the 2020-2021 school year, the interest rate on the Direct PLUS Loan is fixed at 5.3 percent. Direct PLUS Loans disbursed on or after October 1, 2019 have a 4.236 percent origination fee. PLUS Loans disbursed on or after October 1, 2020 have an origination fee of 4.228 percent. Interest begins to accrue on the date the loan is fully disbursed. Repayment begins 60 days after the final disbursement for the academic year unless the parent makes arrangements with the Direct Loan servicer to defer the loan while the student is in school.
Parents interested in borrowing a Federal Direct PLUS Loan will complete the online application process and Master Promissory Note (MPN) through the Department of Education at studentaid.gov. An instant credit check is a part of this application process. A Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID is needed to complete the process. Go to fsaid.ed.gov to create your FSA ID.
Approval for the Direct PLUS Loan is based on the applicant's credit history. If a parent is denied eligibility for a PLUS Loan, the student will qualify for an additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
- Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate and Professional Students
Graduate and professional degree students enrolled at least half-time, are eligible to borrow under the PLUS Loan Program up to their cost of attendance minus other estimated financial assistance.
The terms and conditions applicable to Parent PLUS Loans also apply to Graduate/Professional PLUS loans. These requirements include a determination that the applicant does not have an adverse credit history, repayment beginning on the date of the last disbursement of the loan, and a fixed interest rate of 5.3 percent for the 2020-2021 school year.
Note: Grad PLUS loans typically go into repayment within 60 days after the loan has fully disbursed; however, you may be eligible to postpone making payments while you are in school by contacting your servicer to request a deferment. If you are unsure of who is servicing your loans, log into your studentaid.gov account to find out.
Applicants for the Grad PLUS loans are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They also must have applied for their maximum loan eligibility under the Federal Direct Loan Program before applying for a Graduate/Professional PLUS loan. Note: Even though it is called the Graduate PLUS Loan program, the loan is in the graduate student's name (not their parents' name).
In order to finalize your Grad PLUS Loan you must complete the following steps:
- Sign using your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. This is the same FSA ID used to E-sign your FAFSA. If you do not remember your FSA ID or need to create one you can obtain it at fsaid.ed.gov.
- Complete the Grad PLUS Loan application online at www.studentaid.gov indicating the amount you wish to borrow
- Complete a Graduate PLUS Master Promissory Note(MPN)
- Complete Federal Direct Loan Entrance Counseling if you haven't already done so
All Graduate PLUS funds will be electronically transferred to the student's account.
- Pharmacy Loans
Pharmacy Loans are subsidized therefore they do not accrue interest until they go into repayment which is 9 months after the student drops below half-time enrollment or graduates. Once the loan goes into repayment the interest accrues at a 5.0 percent.
SDSU receives a limited amount of Federal Health Professions Loan funds each year.
Award amounts vary from year to year. The maximum offer for the 2020-2021 year is $15,000.
In order to qualify for the Health Professions Loans, students must be enrolled in the P1 or P2 Pharmacy Program and be receiving financial aid as an undergraduate student. Students must complete the FAFSA. The Health Professions Loan is a need-based loan, so students must have unmet financial need to qualify.
Priority for Health Profession Loan offers are given to students with the highest amount of unmet need after the Expected Family Contribution is subtracted from the annual Cost of Attendance.
- Nursing Loans
Students who have been accepted into the nursing program could be eligible for Nursing Loans. Pre-nursing students are not eligible for Nursing Loans. These loans are subsidized therefore they do not accrue interest until they go into repayment which is 9 months after the student drops below half-time enrollment or graduates. Once the loans go into repayment they accrue interest at 5.0 percent.
SDSU receives a limited amount Federal Nursing Loan funds each year.
In order to qualify, students must have unmet financial need and be enrolled in an undergraduate Nursing program. For the 2020-2021 school year, the maximum Nursing Loan amount is $4500.
- Perkins Loans
The Federal Perkins Loan Program has been discontinued as of September 30, 2017. Any Perkins Loans which were not disbursed on or before September 30, 2017 have been canceled and no additional Perkins Loans will be awarded.
The interest rate on the Perkins Loan is fixed at 5.0 percent. Interest does not accrue until the loan enters repayment which is 9 months after a student drops below half-time enrollment or graduates.
Repayment of the Perkins Loan must be arranged through the SDSU Office of Loan Collections.