Calendar Graphic2016-2017 FAFSA

The 2016-2017 FAFSA is now available. The priority deadline for new, incoming students is February 15 and the priority deadline for current students is March 15. See our FAFSA webpage for more information.

Federal Direct Stafford Loan

Eligibility (Eligibility Chart)

Eligible students filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be considered for a student William D. Ford Federal Direct Stafford Loan. The U.S. Department of Education is the lender. Upon verification of eligibility, completion of a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling (if you are a first-time borrower), the loan funds will be credited to your student account.

Any student may receive a Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Need is not a factor in determining eligibility for an unsubsidized loan. With a Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, interest begins to accumulate on the day the loan is disbursed to your student account and continues until the loan is paid in full. Your repayment of the interest can be deferred while you are in school and attending at least half-time. All students will find their Direct Loan eligibility on their Financial Aid Award Notice.

The interest rate on the loan is fixed at the time the loan disburses. Currently, the maximum rate will not exceed 8.25 percent. New loan interest rates for subsequent years are adjusted once a year on July 1. (See the Direct Loan Servicing Center's calculators and interest rates.)

You must be enrolled at least half-time each term of the loan period to be eligible to receive a student William D. Ford Federal Direct Stafford Loan. Half-time is defined as five or more credit hours for graduate students.

Loan Limits

The amount you can borrow may be limited by factors such as other financial aid you may receive. The loans are for educational purposes and can never exceed the cost of your attendance less any other aid.

Degree Pursued: Graduate/Professional

Yearly Loan Limit: $20,500

Aggregate (Lifetime) Loan Limit: $138,500 (includes undergraduate study; only $65,000 in subsidized loans)

Promissory Note

In order for loan funds to disburse to your account, you must complete a Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). You may complete an electronic promissory note (eMPN); minimum browser support required. To complete an eMPN, you will need your FSA ID obtained from the U.S. Department of Education. (Your FSA ID is the same username and password you used to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. If you did not complete your FAFSA online, do not have a FSA ID, or have misplaced your FSA ID, visit the U.S. Department of Education's FSA ID site.) You will also need your social security number, driver's license, and two references with different U.S. addresses.

Entrance Counseling

If you are a first-year borrower with the William D. Ford Federal Direct Stafford Loan program, you will need to complete entrance counseling. You may complete online entrance counseling; minimum browser support required. To complete online entrance counseling, you will need your FSA ID obtained from the U.S. Department of Education. (Your FSA ID is the same username and password you used to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. If you did not complete a FAFSA online, do not have a FSA ID, or have misplaced your FSA ID, visit the U.S. Department of Education's FSA ID site.)

Entrance counseling must be completed before your loan will disburse to your account.


Your loans must be accepted and all requirements completed prior to loan disbursements. You can accept your loan and also view outstanding requirements by accessing BannerWeb. In accordance with federal student aid regulations, Federal Direct Loan disbursements may occur as early as ten days prior to the beginning of the semester if all requirements are met.

Changing your loan amounts

Although your signature on the eMPN allows us to make multiple loans to you under a single promissory note, you are not required to accept the loan amount that we award you. You should notify us immediately in writing if you want to borrow a lesser amount than what was awarded. In addition, you may cancel all or a portion of your loan(s) after the funds have been credited to your student account by notifying the One Stop in writing ( within 30 days after the date of the disbursement notice.

Exit Counseling

Prior to graduating or leaving college, Federal Direct Stafford Loan student borrowers are required to complete an Exit Counseling session. This Exit Counseling session has been created to make sure that you understand your rights and responsibilities as a federal student loan borrower.

Borrower's Responsibilities—Repayment

You are required to begin making payments on your Federal Direct Stafford Loans after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment. Plan ahead for repayment and budget wisely. You have a six month grace before you must begin repayment. The Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program offers loan repayment plans designed to meet the needs of almost every borrower and allows you to choose which repayment plan is best for you. Federal Direct Stafford Loan borrowers may choose between the standard, extended, graduated, income contingent, and income-based repayment plans.

Your loan will be originated with the Direct Loan Servicing Center (1-800-848-0979), which, in addition to information on repayment plans, provides repayment calculators to help you determine how much you pay and how long it will take to repay your loan based on the plan chosen. Calculations are estimates and the values may not reflect the actual amount computed by the Direct Loan Servicing Center.

Approximately 7-10 business days after the first disbursement of your loan, your loan is assigned to a loan servicer who will then send you information regarding your loan. Repayment of your loan is managed by your loan servicer. To review your loans and to obtain your loan servicer contact information, you may access You will need to login using your FSA ID.

If You Already Have a Student Loan

If you already have a student loan that was made through the Direct Stafford Loan Program along with a FSA ID, you can get your most recent account information from


If you have a problem making your monthly loan payments, you may be able to postpone your payments through a deferment or forbearance request. Deferments are also an option if you are returning to school after an absence. You may also be eligible to have your Federal Direct Stafford Loan or Federal Perkins Loan forgiven (see listing of forgiveness programs).

If you have exhausted your deferment and forbearance options, and/or want to avoid a default, you may also want to consider a loan consolidation. A Direct Consolidation Loan allows you to combine one or more of your federal education loans into a new loan that offers several advantages. For more information, see Loan Consolidation FAQs.

Student Loan Code of Conduct

The guiding principles for ensuring the integrity of the student aid process and the ethical conduct of employees in regard to student loan practices are provided in the Miami University Student Loan Code of Conduct.