Students who are eligible for federal student aid can generally qualify for at least one of two federal student loans that do not require a parent borrower or credit-worthy cosigner: the Federal Direct Stafford and/or the Federal Perkins Loan.
Federal Perkins Loan
Selection of recipients for this federal student loan is based upon information contained in your FAFSA and funding limitations within the program. Recipients are generally Pell Grant-eligible. You will be informed of the provisions and responsibilities associated with these loans in the first and final years of your enrollment through online entrance and exit interview counseling.
William D. Ford Federal Direct Stafford Loan (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
The low-interest Federal Direct Subsidized Loan pays the accumulated interest while you are in school. Loan repayment of both the principal and interest begins six months after graduation, withdrawal from school, or dropping to less than half-time enrollment status.
If you are ineligible for need-based aid, you can borrow unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans. You are responsible for paying all the interest on the loan, which accrues during enrollment and continues through repayment.
The annual Federal Direct Loan limits (both subsidized and unsubsidized, combined) are:
- $5,500 for the first year of undergraduate study;
- $6,500 for the sophomore year;
- $7,500 annually for subsequent undergraduate study;
- The total undergraduate loan limit is $31,000;
- The annual limit for graduate students is $20,500, depending on individual costs.
All first-time borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note and loan entrance counseling online. The Office of Financial Aid will provide details.
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans
Bryant University participates in the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Program. This fixed-rate government loan allows parents who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents to borrow funds for their child's undergraduate educational expenses. This federal program is available to parents of a dependent student who will require additional financing beyond the student's Stafford and/or Perkins Loans. Unlike the Stafford or Perkins, the parent is the borrower, not the student.