Federal loans typically have better interest rates and terms, so we encourage you to investigate your federal borrowing options first.
As with nearly all financial aid, the first step in the loan application process is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Direct Student Loans are available to all eligible students.
Direct Subsidized Loans
To receive Direct Subsidized Loans, student must demonstrate financial need. Subsidized Loans are interest free while the student is in school, but begin accruing interest 6 months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least 6 credits (half-time).
Direct Unsubsidized Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Loans do not require financial need. These loans are not interest free while students are in school. These loans begin accruing interest after disbursement.
Parents of Dependent Students may apply for Direct PLUS Loans. These loans are available regardless of financial need and the amount of eligibility depends on the total cost of attendance.
There is a limit on the maximum period of time (measured in academic years) that a student can receive Direct Subsidized Loans. In general, students may not receive Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150% of the published length of their program.
If you are eligible, the award letter you receive from us will list your maximum federal loan amount and provide a link to the Loan Request Form.
You may also access this form by logging into MyAACC and choosing Menu > Self Services > Credit Students > Financial Aid > Financial Aid Awards for your selected year. At the bottom of the awards screen, there will be a link to access the form.
Print, complete and sign the form, and submit to our office for processing.
If this is the first time you have requested a federal loan, you must complete an Entrance Interview online or by making an appointment with a financial aid advisor.
First-time borrowers are also required to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) once their loan is processed. You will receive an email when your MPN is available. You will need your driver’s license and contact information for three references (these are NOT cosigners).
All new borrowers must wait 30 days from the first day of classes to receive their Federal Direct Loan Funds.
If taking out a loan gives you butterflies, some additional information might settle them. The Federal Student Aid website provides great financial aid information, including repayment plans and estimates for how much your monthly payment might be for various amounts.
All students who accept federal loans must agree to the following:
If you have already borrowed your maximum Federal Direct Loan amounts for this year and still need to borrow additional funds, a private student loan might be an option for you.
Private student loans are not part of the federal student loan program and require a credit check. You may borrow private loans from any lender you choose. Some private loans are only open to students taking credit classes, but others will consider continuing education (noncredit) students.
Borrowing costs vary between programs and institutions. You will need to investigate the costs and choose the program that is right for you.
FINAID.org offers a loan analyzer that helps students compare borrowing costs from an extensive list of private loan companies.