Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

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A Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is awarded as a non-need-based loan after all other need- based loans, grants, scholarships and other resources are subtracted or up to the annual maximum loan limit, whichever is lower.  It is the U.S. Department of Education's major form of self-help aid and is available through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.  The federal government does not pay the interest on the loan. Fees of up to 1.069% will be charged and deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement.

For undergraduate students,  the interest rate for Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans disbursed between July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 is 3.76%.

For graduate/professional students, the interest rate for Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans disbursed between July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 is 5.31%.

To Apply for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

To apply for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, the student must complete the FAFSA. If the student is eligible for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, the award amount will be posted on the students’ electronic Award Letter on SalukiNet.

A student is eligible to be considered for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan if they:

  • have a valid EFC on file in the Financial Aid Office.
  • are enrolled in an eligible program on at least a half-time basis.
  • have been awarded all subsidized loan eligibility.
  • are making satisfactory academic progress.
  • have not already borrowed the maximum aggregate Federal Direct Stafford Loan amount.
  • are not ineligible for other reasons.

 To Accept/Reduce/Decline a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

The student must accept or decline a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan on the electronic Award Letter on SalukiNet by selecting “Accept” or “Decline” in the dropdown box on the Award Letter Accept/Decline Awards page.  The student can reduce the loan amount by selecting “Accept” in the dropdown box and entering a lower award amount in the “Partial Accept” field.  If the student wishes to request loan changes, they should use the “Request Changes” on the Award Letter Information Request page of the electronic Award Letter.

The first time a loan is accepted, the student must complete a Electronic Master Promissory Note. The loan will then be credited to the student's SIUC account, divided into two payments for the academic year. The student will also be required to participate in an Entrance Loan Counseling session.

All or part of the loan can be cancelled within 90 days of the date the school notifies the student that the loan has been credited to their account. Loan funds will first be used to pay for tuition, fees, room and board. If funds remain after these charges have been paid, the student will receive the remaining funds by check.