|Federal Stafford Loan—Subsidized and Unsubsidized|
|Subsidized loans are awarded based on financial need, and while you’re enrolled in school, the federal government pays the interest on your loan. Interest will accrue during your grace period. The interest rate is 6.8%.
Loan Limits for 2013–14:
Independent students can receive additional unsubsidized Stafford Loan funds. (Available to students who don’t have access to the Parent PLUS Loan. This typically occurs when a parent is denied for the PLUS Loan.)
A note about Stafford Loans: Your ability to borrow through the Federal Stafford Student Loan Program increases as you progress through your four years at Gordon College. Some years a portion of your need-based Gordon grant may be replaced by this increased loan eligibility.
|This is a college-administered program that combines money from both the federal government and the College and is designed for students with a high level of financial need. Perkins loans complement the federal Stafford Loan and are not a replacement of Stafford. The interest rate is fixed at 5% and students do not need to pay the interest that accrues while enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours or more) or during the nine month grace period (a grace period begins when a student graduates or is taking less than 6 credit hours during a semester). If you qualify for this loan, we’ll send you instructions on how to apply. Learn more.
|Federal PLUS Loans (for parents)|
This loan is awarded to parents only, and the parent applying must receive credit approval for the loan or have a credit-worthy endorser. Parents can borrow as much as the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid awards and the interest rate is fixed at 7.9%. Repayment begins 60 days after full disbursement of the loan or the borrower may request to defer repayment while the student is enrolled at least half-time. Parents who wish to defer repayment must request this option on the Direct Loan Servicing Center’s website.
|Alternative Student Loans|
|This loan is acquired through your local bank (but if you want, you can look at our preferred list). Make sure you pay attention to interest rates and how they are calculated, repayment terms, the opportunity to defer if your student wants to attend graduate school and the possibility of repayment during a delay in enrollment.|