Federal Student Loans
Federal Direct Loan Program
Loan eligibility and amounts are based on class level, dependency status, Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA, and require at least half-time attendance. Loans are borrowed money and must be repaid with interest. The Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans have an origination fee and a six-month grace period that begins when a student leaves school or drops below half time. Repayment begins at the end of the six-month grace period. Borrowers are encouraged to consider their potential loan repayment and total loan indebtedness before utilizing loans to assist with their educational costs. The Loan Repayment Calculator can assist in considering repayment information.
Loan Requirements: First time Direct Loan borrowers must complete Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) prior to funds disbursement. These requirements help borrowers learn about rights and responsibilities and agree to loan terms and conditions. Note: MPNS are valid for 10 years and must be completed again after expiry.
A Department of Education FSA ID is required to complete the FAFSA and all federal loan requirements. FSA IDs can be requested online and are valid for life.
For more information about the Federal Direct Loan programs, review the Federal Student Aid official website of the United States government.
Direct Loan Interest Rates and Fees
|Loan Type||July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024|
|Direct Subsidized & Unsubsidized for Undergraduates||5.50%|
|Direct Unsubsidized for Graduates||7.05%|
|Direct PLUS for Graduates and Parents||8.05%|
|Loan Type||First Disbursement Date||Loan Fee|
|Direct Subsidized & Unsubsidized||On or after 10/1/2020||1.057%|
|Direct PLUS||On or after 10/1/2020||4.228%|
Annual Federal Direct Loan Maximum Limits
|Junior/Senior (90 or more)||$7,500|
|Postbaccalaureate*||$2,625 - $7,500|
|Junior/Senior (90 or more)||$12,500|
|Postbaccalaureate*||$8,625 - $12,500|
(Includes fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters)
* Preparatory course work and certain certificates have reduced limits.
** A student is considered independent for financial aid purposes if they can answer "yes" to at least one of the Dependency questions included on the FAFSA.
Federal Direct Loans are offered based in part on a student’s academic class level as determined by the WWU Registrar’s Office. During the academic year students may progress to the next class level which may allow the student to borrow additional loan. Students who want to increase their loan, or exchange Unsubsidized Loan for Subsidized Loan, must submit a request the Financial Aid Department by using the Reinstate/Increase Aid form available on the Online Forms web page to initiate the adjustment.
In addition to annual Direct Loan limits, there are also aggregate lifetime loan limits. Undergraduate, and postbaccalaureate dependent students, are limited to $31,000. Independent students are limited to $57,500. Graduate students are limited to a total of $138,500.