Funds for the Federal Direct Student Loan, FDSL, are provided by the federal government.
FDSL Interest Rates
(Effective: 7/1/2016 through 6/30/2017):
- Undergraduate subsidized and unsubsidized: 3.76%
- Graduate unsubsidized: 5.31%
You must file a current academic year FAFSA to be apply for a FDSL. To complete the loan requirements below you must have your FAFSA FSA ID. If you do not have your ID you may request one online.
Before loan funds can be disbursed to your tuition account, you must complete the following requirements online:
Once completed, the MPN covers all FDSLs originated on your behalf while you attend Mount Holyoke College. Entrance Counseling is required to ensure that you understand your loan obligations. Mount Holyoke will receive electronic confirmation after you have successfully completed both of these requirements.
Federal Direct Student Loan - Subsidized
Eligibility for a subsidized FDSL is based on financial need. The school determines financial need for federal aid based on the FAFSA. The federal government does not charge interest before repayment begins or during authorized periods of deferment (postponement of repayment). Repayment of principal and interest begins six months after a student graduates or ceases being enrolled at least half time.
Federal Direct Student Loan - Unsubsidized
Eligibility for an unsubsidized FDSL is not based on need. However, a FAFSA must be filed in order to receive an unsubsidized FDSL.The federal government charges interest on the unsubsidized FDSL from the time the loan is disbursed, until the loan is paid in full. However, there is an option to defer payment of interest during school. It is important to know that interest is capitalized at repayment, which means it is added to the principal.
Loans disbursed on or after December 1, 2014 and before October 1, 2015 have an origination fee of 1.073%. (Example: Fee=$59.01 on a $5,500 loan.) Loans disbursed on or after October 1, 2015 and before October 1, 2016 have an origination fee of 1.068%. (Example: Fee=$58.74 on a $5,500 loan.) The fee is deducted from the loan principal.
The net FDSL amount will be disbursed onto the tuition account in late August for fall semester and in late January for spring semester.
Direct Loan Master Promissory Note
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