Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Personnel

Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized & Unsubsidized)

  • You must be registered for at least 6 credits at the time your loan is certified and disbursed by SCC.
  • Your loan eligibility is based on the types of aid you will be receiving on your award letter. If you become eligible for additional funding such as scholarships, third party funding, etc., your loan eligibility may decrease. As a result, you may have to repay part of your loan funds to the college if you have already received the loan funds, or may see future loan amounts decreased.
  • Your loan may require proration (a reduction in what you are eligible to borrow) if your final period of enrollment at SCC is just one semester. Therefore, the amount listed on your award letter may be higher than your actual remaining eligibility. The amount will be revised at the time the college certifies your loan.
  • If you are a first-time borrower on or after July 1, 2013, there is a limit on the maximum period of time (measured in academic years) that you can receive Direct Subsidized Loans. This time limit does not apply to Direct Unsubsidized Loans or Direct PLUS Loans. If this limit applies to you, you may not receive Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150 percent of the published length of your program. This is called your "maximum eligibility period." Your maximum eligibility period is based on the published length of your current program.
Accepting Your Federal Direct Loan(s)

Interest Rates

The interest rate for Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans is 4.66% for loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2014. Interest begins to accumulate on a Direct Subsidized Loan when you are no longer enrolled at least half-time. For additional information regarding the Federal Direct Loan Program, click here.

Dependent Student Loan Limits

Grade Classification Annual Limit Aggregate Limit
Freshman

$5,500 (subsidized may not exceed $3,500)

$31,000 (subsidized may not exceed $23,000)
Sophomore $6,500 (subsidized may not exceed $4,500) $31,000 (subsidized may not exceed $23,000)

Independent Student Loan Limits

Grade Classification Annual Limit Aggregate Limit
Freshman

$9,500 (subsidized may not exceed $3,500)

$57,500 (subsidized may not exceed $23,000)
Sophomore $10,500 (subsidized may not exceed $4,500) $57,500 (subsidized may not exceed $23,000)

*Note – grade classification is determined by the number of earned credits at the time your award letter is prepared, not how many years you have attended college.

0-29 credits = Freshman
30+ credits = Sophomore

Federal Direct PLUS Loan

A Federal Direct PLUS Loan is a loan that a parent borrows to help their child pay for educational expenses. In order to be eligible:

  • The student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and receive an official award letter from the Financial Aid Office at South Central College. The FAFSA can be completed at www.fafsa.gov.
  • The student must be enrolled for at least 6 credits.
  • The parent (borrower) will be required to pass a credit check.
  • The parent (borrower) completes the PLUS Loan application by going to www.studentloans.gov and logging in with their information and PIN Number. Once logged in, click on "Request a Direct PLUS Loan" to begin the loan application. In addition to completing the online loan application, a Master Promissory Note is also required when logged into www.studentloans.gov.

The interest rate for a PLUS Loan is 7.21% for loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2014. For additional information regarding the Federal PLUS Loan Program, click here.

Loan funds are sent to South Central College and will first pay any outstanding charges the student owes to SCC. If any loan funds remain, they will be disbursed to the student unless you have indicated on the PLUS Loan application otherwise. Any remaining loan funds must be used for educational related expenses.

Applying for Additional Loan Assistance - Private Loans

If you require more financial assistance than awarded on your official award letter, you may apply for additional student loans from private education loan programs. These loans may have higher interest rates, many require a co-signer and generally should be considered as a last resource after utilizing Federal student loans. South Central College will not recommend nor refer students to any specific private student loan program.

FASTChoice is an online comparison tool that allows you to determine which loan program is the best fit for your borrowing needs. To access FASTChoice, please click here.