How much can I borrow?
|Year||Dependent Students (except students whose parents are unable to obtain PLUS Loans)|
|Subsidized and Unsubsidized Aggregate Loan Limit||$31,000-No more than $23,000 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.|
Similarly one may ask, can I pay my unsubsidized loan first?
When prioritizing loan repayments, it’s a good idea to repay your direct unsubsidized loans first before paying back your direct subsidized loans. Because an unsubsidized loan continues accruing interest while in school, the balance of your unsubsidized loans will be larger unless you paid the interest while in school.
Keeping this in consideration, can I take out extra money from student loans?
If you borrowed more than what you need, you can return the leftover student loan money to the lender to reduce the amount you owe. The college financial aid office can help you do this. You also have the option of keeping the leftover student loan money.
Do you have to pay back a subsidized loan?
You’re effectively getting your responsibility to pay that interest back “waived” with a subsidized loan during those time periods. Once you start repayment, the government stops paying on that interest, and your repayment amount includes the original amount of the loan, and the interest, accruing from that moment.
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This free application form is used to apply for federal student aid, as well as financial aid from state governments and most colleges and universities. FAFSA is not the financial aid itself, so you do not have to pay it back.
Subsidized loans come with some great benefits: Because the federal government pays the interest during the periods noted above, subsidized loans will save you money. They offer flexible repayment options you won’t find with private loans.
Anyone can borrow unsubsidized federal loans, but those who qualify for the subsidized version save more money in interest. When choosing a federal student loan to pay for college, the type of loan you take out — either subsidized or unsubsidized — will affect how much you owe after graduation.
It’s important to know that you’re under no obligation to accept all the federal student loan money made available to you. You can accept all, some or none of the federal student loans you’re offered. Your award letter may also include scholarships or grants, which is genuinely free money you never have to pay back.
There are four types of federal student loans available:
- Direct subsidized loans.
- Direct unsubsidized loans.
- Direct PLUS loans.
- Direct consolidation loans.
You’ll have to repay the money with interest. Subsidized loans don’t generally start accruing (accumulating) interest until you leave school (or drop below half-time enrollment), so accept a subsidized loan before an unsubsidized loan. Next, accept an unsubsidized loan before a PLUS loan.
Federal Student Loan Lifetime Limits
|Year In School||Dependent Students*||Independent Students**|
|Lifetime limit||$31,000—no more than $23,000 can be subsidized||$57,000 for undergraduates—no more than $23,000 can be subsidized $138,500 for graduate and professional students—no more than $65,500 can be subsidized|
Parents and graduate students may be eligible for PLUS loans, another type of federal student loan. At 7.08%, these have the highest interest rate of any federal student loan. It should be noted that there is an aggregate limit to how much money students may borrow on federal loans.
Once you reach the subsidy limit for your program, you lose your subsidy on your existing loans if: You do not graduate, and. You continue your enrollment in the same undergraduate program, or a program of equal or shorter length.