Explore the different types of loans available. Student loans from the federal government and other sources can help you finance your Elmhurst College education.
Elmhurst awards low-interest student loans from funds provided through federal programs. Some students also borrow from private lenders, but we encourage you to start with federal loans to maximize your low-interest borrowing.
Types of Loans
Direct Stafford Loans are low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education to help eligible students cover the cost of higher education.
There are two types of Federal Direct Loans:
- Subsidized loans are based on need. Interest and principal payments are deferred until six months after you graduate or drop below half-time enrollment.
- Unsubsidized loans are not based on need. Principal payments are deferred until six months after you leave school, but interest continues to accrue.
The maximum you may borrow as a first-year student is $5,500. Interest rates are determined annually by the federal government.
This federal program allows parents of dependent students to borrow any amount up to the cost of education minus any aid the student is eligible to receive.
The interest rate on PLUS loans may vary; check the Federal Student Aid web pages for details.
If you need additional funding beyond what you can get through scholarships or federal loans, you might consider taking out an alternative loan from a bank or other private lender. Alternative loans are generally more expensive than federal student loans. They’re also based on your credit history and cannot be consolidated with your federal student loans. You should exhaust all federal loan options before applying for an alternative loan.
Elmhurst College has open relationships with many lenders and service agencies and therefore do not have a “preferred lender list.” We will honor your request for whatever reason you choose. Remember, these are loans and must be repaid.
Student Responsibilities for Loans
Master Promissory Note
New student borrowers of federal loans are required to complete a Master Promissory Note at studentloans.gov. A Master Promissory Notes is valid for ten years.
Entrance and Exit Counseling
Before the loan can be credited to your account, you will have to complete Entrance Counseling at studentloans.gov. When you graduate or drop below half time enrollment, you’ll need to complete exit counseling online at nslds.ed.gov.
Student Loan Repayment
Direct Loan repayment begins six months after graduation or six months after your enrollment falls below half time. You will be able to choose from several repayment plans, and you will make your payments to your direct loan servicer.