Financial Aid

Federal Direct Loan

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Federal Direct Loans (FDL) are relatively low interest loans funded through federal Title IV legislation. The repayment interest rate is determined according to the federal Prime Lending rate in effect for the academic year encompassing the loan period. All Direct Subsidized, Direct Unsubsidized, and Direct PLUS loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006 have a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan.

*NEW FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS*

No more standing in line to submit a paper application! You now have the ability to view and accept (or reduce) your Fall/Spring Direct Unsubsidized Loan directly on CUNYfirst.

STEP 1: Click the “Accept/Decline Awards” link located on the Finances section of your Student Center.

STEP 2: Click on the aid year you wish to view (click ‘2015’ for the Fall 2014-Spring 2015 aid year)

STEP 3: If you want a smaller loan than what has been offered, you can click on the award and reduce it to the amount you would like to accept.

(If you want a higher amount, you must submit a paper application to the Financial Aid Office).

STEP 4: Check the appropriate box to either accept or decline your loan.

STEP 5: Click the ‘Submit’ button

Please note - If this is your first loan at Lehman College, be sure to complete your Loan Entrance Counseling online at www.studentloans.gov.

  • If this is your first Federal Direct Loan in the past 10 years, be sure to complete your Master Promissory Note online at www.studentloans.gov.
*Summer 2014 loan requests require a paper application.

*Additional loan requests require a paper application.

*Graduate PLUS loan requests require a paper application.

 

Interest Rates

All Direct Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006 have a fixed interest rate.

As of Fall 2012, Subsidized Loans are no longer available for graduate students. Graduate students are now only eligible to receive Unsubsidized Loans and/or Graduate PLUS loans.

Unsubsidized Loans for both undergraduate and graduate students disbursed July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2013 have an interest rate of 6.8%.

All Direct Subsidized Loans for UNDERGRADUATE borrowers have a fixed interest rate that will be based on the first disbursement date as listed in the table below:

 

Interest Rate

Date of Loans

6.8% Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006 and prior to July 1, 2008
6.0% Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2008 and prior to July 1, 2009
5.6% Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2009 and prior to July 1, 2010
4.5% Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2010 and prior to July 1, 2011
3.4% Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2011 and prior to July 1, 2012
3.4% Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2012 and prior to July 1, 2013
3.86% Subsidized AND Unsubsidized Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 and prior to July 1, 2014
4.66 Subsidized AND Unsubsidized Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2014 and prior to July 1, 2015

 

Unsubsidized Loans for GRADUATE students disbursed July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 have an interest rate of 6.21%.

Unsubsidized Loans for GRADUATE students disbursed July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 have an interest rate of 5.41%.

 

All Direct PLUS Loans disbursed July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 have a fixed interest rate of 7.21%.

All Direct PLUS Loans disbursed July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 have a fixed interest rate of 6.41%.

Federal Direct Loan eligibility is initially determined through the filing of a FAFSA application. However, a separate Lehman College Direct Loan application must also be filed (Grad students - see new Grad loan info. noted above). To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a matriculated course of study leading to a degree, registered for a minimum of six credits applicable towards their degree requirements, and have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (3.0 for Graduate students). Direct Loans can be applied to direct and indirect educational costs (e.g. tuition and clothing, respectively). Like Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Loans have employment related loan cancellation provisions. Subsidized Direct Loans range from $200-$5500 for undergraduate students. Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS and Graduate PLUS loans are also available. Cost of Education, Expected Family Contribution and Academic Level determine actual Direct Loan awards. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education FDL website, or email us at direct.loan@lehman.cuny.edu.

Complete online Exit Counseling if you have taken out Federal Direct and/or Stafford loans and are approaching graduation, or if you will not be enrolled for at least 6 credits, or just want an idea of what will happen later on.

Helpful sites:
Student Debt Repayment Assisitant
4 Things You Need to Know About Repaying Your Student Loans

Last modified: May 21, 2014

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