Educational loans are considered a form of financial aid that many students utilize to help meet the cost of attendance not covered through personal resources or any scholarship and grant funding. A variety of loan programs exist. It is important to understand the loan options available so you can make informed decisions about how much loan money you should borrow and which loan program best suits your needs.
Receiving federal financial aid for college begins with the FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Federal grants, if applicable, and loans (subsidized/unsubsidized) awards are determined by the filing the FAFSA.
Student and Parents who are first-time borrowers under the Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loans-Subsidized/Unsubsidized, Direct PLUS Loans, Direct Graduate PLUS Loans) are required to complete and sign a master promissory note (MPN) before their loan proceeds can be released. The MPN is a legally binding agreement to the terms and conditions of the loan. By signing it you are promising to repay your loan. It is a good idea to save a copy for your records.
Please Note: Once you have signed your MPN you must allow the University of Delaware two business days to receive confirmation.
First time Federal Direct Student Loan (Subsidized/Unsubsidized and/or Graduate PLUS) borrowers at the University of Delaware must complete the online Loan Entrance Counseling and Quiz before loan funds can be disbursed. Completion of the Loan Entrance Counseling and Quiz is a federal requirement that discusses your rights and responsibilities as a Federal Direct Student Loan borrower.
Please Note: Once you have completed entrance counseling you must allow the University of Delaware two business days to receive confirmation.
An exit interview is a mandatory loan counseling session that provides loan repayment, grace period, billing options information, and collects updated borrower information as required by the federal government. Prior to graduating, leaving the university, or dropping below half-time, federal loan borrowers are required to complete a mandatory exit counseling session. These online exit-counseling sessions provides a borrower their rights and responsibilities as a Federal Loan Recipient. Exit interviews are mandatory because it is a federal law and a condition of receiving a federally funded student loan.
Direct Loan on-line exit counseling require to login with your Department of Education FSA ID. (If you do not have a FSA ID or have misplaced, please visit https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm) You will complete the exit counseling on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) student website. There will be a series of short quizzes that you will be required to complete before continuing throughout the session. Please note that you must complete the entire session once you begin. If you exit the counseling before completing the session and return later, you will need to start over from the beginning. The entire session takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
At the end of the exit counseling session, you will be asked for information that will be included as part of your loan records. This includes names, addresses and phone number for your next of kin, two references who live in the United States, and your future employer (if known). You will also need your driver's license number. Having this information with you when you start will make your exit counseling session go more quickly and smoothly.
You can complete Exit Counseling at www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds _SA/.
A hold may be placed on your records and transcripts for failure to complete your exit requirement.
Yes, students transitioning from an undergraduate program to a graduate program are also required to complete exit counseling.
Perkins loan exit counseling is required for students who have received a Federal Perkins Loan during their enrollment at the University of Delaware. Federal Perkins Loan Exit Counseling must be completed by students who drop below half-time, take a leave of absence, withdraw or graduate
University of Delaware students that received Federal Perkins Loan will have their loans serviced by University Accounting Services (UAS). Students will receive an email noticed directly from University Accounting Service (firstname.lastname@example.org), which will direct you to log onto the student Loan Exit Counseling Website to complete the Federal Perkins Student Loan exit counseling. PLEASE NOTE: do not sign-on to UAS until after you have received this initial email.
Students are required to provide names, addresses, and telephone for a next-of-kin, two personal references at different addresses, and future employer if known. The collection of this data is a federal requirement and all information provided will remain confidential.
Yes, students transitioning from an undergraduate program to a graduate program are also required to complete exit counseling.
A hold will be placed on your records and transcripts for failure to complete your exit requirement.
Please Note: A Federal Student Aid ID (the same FSA ID you used to sign your FAFSA) is required to complete all of the federal mandatory items listed above. If the student has misplaced the FSA ID, please visit https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm.
Parents of dependent undergraduate students may apply for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan to cover educational expenses not covered by the FAFSA package.
IMPORTANT: You must have a valid FAFSA on file for the academic year for which you are requesting the PLUS loan.
A printable copy of the following information can be found on the Parent Plus Loan Supplement
The Parent PLUS Loan Application, Master Promissory Note, PLUS Credit Counseling, and other related information about the PLUS loan can be completed at studentloans.gov.
First, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or renewal FAFSA for the relevant academic year at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Then complete the correct year's Federal Direct PLUS application on StudentLoans.gov and the information will be forwarded to student Financial Services for certification. To complete the online application, click on the "Parent Borrowers" tab and select "Apply for a PLUS Loan". You must be the biological (including non-custodial), adoptive or, in some cases, the step-parent of the student. Also, you must be a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen (e.g. Permanent Resident) to be eligible for this loan. Borrowers are subject to a credit check to determine credit-worthiness. Parents with an adverse credit history, including being more than 90 days or more past due in the repayment of a debt, or those who defaulted or foreclosed on a loan, or filed bankruptcy in the past, may be denied a PLUS loan.
The maximum amount you may borrow for any semester is the difference between the cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room and board, books, etc.) and the financial aid that the student is already receiving for that semester. If you are applying prior to the cost being established for the year (typically in July), and you would like to request that we process the loan for up to cost of attendance, then please specify that on the application. We will then process the loan after the rates are set in early July for the difference between the cost of attendance less your financial aid package.
Please note: A loan origination fee, an amount determined by Congress and which may change annually, will be deducted from the PLUS loan amount you request. See the amount here. For example, if you request $10,000 and the origination fee is 4.15%, the actual amount disbursed to the student will be $9,585
Academic year PLUS loans are disbursed into your student's school account in two disbursements, typically at the beginning of each semester. The actual amount disbursed will be the amount you requested minus a federally mandated origination fee. The funds are applied to the student's University student account. If a credit balance exists because of the PLUS loan, these additional funds are refunded to the parent borrower instead of the student. If/when a student requests a refund, and a parent loan is involved, the parent will be required to provide approval for the refund through our established process. If the student receives additional financial assistance after the PLUS application is certified, one or both of the loan disbursements may be reduced or cancelled to prevent over-awards.
You have a choice. You may choose to defer payments on your PLUS loan until six months after the date the student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits). In the meantime, the Direct Loan Service will provide you with the option to pay the interest that accrues on the loan prior to the start of repayment, either monthly or quarterly. Alternately, you may choose to begin repayment 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed, e.g. 60 days after the spring semester disbursement if your loan is for both fall and spring semesters, or for spring only. If you do so, the interest that accrues from the first disbursement to the start of the repayment will be capitalized.
If your loan is denied due to adverse credit, the Direct Loan Servicing Center will provide you the option to add an Endorser to your loan. If you choose not to use an Endorser, your student may be eligible to receive additional funds as a Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loan. The additional Unsubsidized Loan amount available each year is $4000 maximum for first and second year students (up to 59 credits earned) and $5000 for third and fourth year students (60 or more credits earned). Our office will automatically provide these additional funds if the student qualifies. You may also file an appeal with the Direct Loan Servicing Center if you are confident there is no basis for the loan to be denied. They will explain to you what steps you need to take to get an override to the credit decision.
Yes. At any time during the loan period(s) you may request that the loan amount(s) for which you were approved be reduced or cancelled. An increase to the original request may require a new loan to be processed for the additional amount only. However, in all these cases your request for a loan change MUST be submitted in writing via email to email@example.com; please include the student name, student id, parent borrower name, and additional amount requested for each term on this communication (i.e., $2000 Fall; $2000 Spring).
Please bear in mind that it is your responsibility to meet all UD bill payment deadlines. Your PLUS application should be submitted in sufficient time to allow processing and disbursement of funds. Payment for the Fall semester is due August 1, and for Spring semester payment is due at the start of January.
If the Direct PLUS loan you applied for is not reflected on your semester bill, from your online bill in My Finances, you may indicate you have an additional credit, specify PLUS loan and then deduct the amount. This will allow you to pay a partial or even no payment from your semester bill, and you will be considered financially cleared for your first billing. Failure to take action from your online bill could result in late or installment penalties. Remember, the amount of your loan that you can deduct from the bill is the amount you requested minus an origination fee.
If the PLUS loan is approved, and this is the first time the parent is borrowing a PLUS loan for this student, or if the parent needed an endorser on a previous PLUS loan, the parent who applied for the loan must complete the MPN.
Parents should complete their MPN, if necessary, soon after they have been notified by Direct Loans that their PLUS loans have been approved. Remember, your loan application is not complete until you have a completed MPN.
Please Note: The Promissory Note should only be completed once the parent has received confirmation that the loan has been approved.
Once you have exhausted your Federal availability for Financial Aid, Alternative Loans are another option to fill in the gap between the offered aid and your total Cost of Attendance. Please note that these lenders are for private student loans and are not to be used for Parent PLUS Loans or student Federal Direct Loans (Stafford Loans).
If you are a current student who wishes to find out more information about Alternative Loan Programs, please select the link below. By doing so, you will have access to a list of several alternative loan lenders that are frequently used by our students. Please keep in mind that you are not required to use one of the lenders displayed at the end of the counseling session. These lenders are presented for informational purposes only.
**The lenders which appear on the list presented at the end of this counseling session were chosen based on the lender's ability to receive electronic loan certifications, send Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), and fee structure. Most loans presented at the end of this counseling session have zero fees for all borrowers. A few of the lenders included in the list may charge fees for borrowers with poorer credit and/or require that some payments be made while in school. Please read all fee and interest rate information carefully before AND after approval.
If the student is a resident of NJ they may be interested in taking an alternative loan through NJ Class. More information can be found at:
For more information about Federal Direct Loans please visit their website: