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Introduction

Before completing the Federal Direct Loan entrance counseling, it is important for borrowers to know as much about their loans as possible. To that end, Marquette provides the following consumer information and federal information. Please take the time to read it all before beginning your loan entrance counseling. The link to the Federal Direct Loan entrance counseling can be found at the end of this page.

Loan consumer information

Student eligibility for other financial aid is not affected by the acceptance of offered student loans. However, loan amounts can be adjusted for any new aid added to the student's package, i.e., outside/private scholarships.

The electronic Master Promissory Note is an online process at the federal direct loans Web site. After the loans are accepted by students online through Checkmarq and the loans have originated, students are sent a letter letting them know that the eMPN is ready for their signature.

The eMPN process has 11 steps and requires the student borrower's federal personal identification number to complete. The signed eMPN is valid for 10 years. Borrowers need only sign it once during this time period. A PLUS borrower may be required to sign subsequent promissory notes if they were required to provide an endorser previously.

Subsidized Stafford loan interest is paid by the federal government while the student is enrolled in school* at least half-time, during the grace period and during approved loan deferment periods.

*Interest Subsidy Limitations:
Interest subsidy during the six-month grace period is eliminated for new Stafford Loans made on or after July 1, 2012, and before July 1, 2014. The repayment period still begins six months after the student is no longer enrolled at least half-time, but interest that accrues during those six months will be payable by the student rather than be subsidized by the federal government.

Interest subsidy as of July 1, 2013, for a first-time Federal Subsidized Student Loan borrower is eliminated after he or she exceeds 150% published length of their program (measured in academic years).

For example, for a 4-year bachelor’s degree program, the maximum period for the interest subsidy is 6 years (150% of 4 years = 6 years).

In addition, a borrower reaching the maximum time frame limit becomes ineligible for the interest subsidy benefits on all Federal Subsidized Loans disbursed to the borrower on or after July 1, 2013.

More information: Time Limitation on Direct Subsidized Loan Eligibility for First-Time Borrowers on or after July 1, 2013

The Unsubsidized Stafford loan and PLUS loan interest is charged to the borrower for the life of the loan. Borrowers have the option to pay the interest while they are in school or allow the interest to accrue. If you choose to defer interest payments, the loan interest will continue to grow until added to the loan principal (capitalized), one time at the time of repayment.

Students must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for federal loans. When enrolled less than half-time, the student loan will not disburse and previously borrowed loans will enter their grace period. Students must maintain at least half-time enrollment in order to retain eligibility for in-school loan deferments (postponed repayment of loans).

The definition of half-time may vary from school to school. The following outlines the minimum number of credits required at Marquette to be considered half-time each semester, including summer:

  • Undergraduate: Six credits
  • Law/Dental/PA/PT: Six credits
  • Graduate: Four credits

Students wishing to withdraw from Marquette must initiate the official withdrawal process through their college. The withdrawal form given to the student must be signed by an Office of Student Financial Aid representative. This provides an opportunity for the student to receive exit counseling information, including repayment and loan consolidation information.

A borrower is obligated to repay the full amount of the loan regardless of whether the borrower completes the program of study in which he or she is enrolled within the regular time of completion.

For undergraduate students graduating in 2010-11, the average debt for Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans among borrowers is:

Student Career Average Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan Debt Average Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Debt
Undergraduate Debt: $13,803
Avg. payment*: $135.85/mo.
Debt: $9,611
Avg. payment**: $110.60/mo.
Graduate*** Debt: $21,910
Avg. payment*: $215.63
Debt: $26,289
Avg. payment**: $302.53
Dental*** Debt: $31,792
Avg. payment*: $312.89
Debt: $121,713
Avg. payment**: $1,400.68
Law*** Debt: $25,889
Avg. payment*: $254.79
Debt: $35,706
Avg. payment**: $410.91
Health Professionals*** Debt: $24,453
Avg. payment*: $240.66
Debt: $26,427
Avg. payment**: $304.12

*10 year loan, 3.4% interest
**10 year loan, 6.8% interest. Average payments may be higher depending on loan dispersal dates.
***As of July 1, 2012, the Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan is no longer available to graduate and professional students.

The following is a list of consequences if a borrower defaults on a federal loan:

  • Adverse credit report
  • Delinquent debt collection procedures
  • Litigation

The National Student Loan Database is the U.S. Department of Education's central database of student aid. By visiting the NSLDS Web site, students can access information about their federal student loans and Pell Grants. Students need their federal PIN to access their records.

For questions regarding the borrower's rights and responsibilities for the terms and conditions of federal loans, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Federal information

Federal regulations require students to complete an entrance loan counseling session prior to obtaining a Federal Direct student loan. The purpose of the session is to help you to understand your rights and obligations as a student loan borrower.

Your William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans are made directly to you by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) through the school(s) you attend. ED is your lender and will remain your lender throughout the life of your direct Loans. Your payments will go to ED's direct loan servicing center. Although the department has several servicing center locations (with separate addresses and toll-free telephone numbers), you will always work with the same servicing center, even if you take out several direct loans or transfer from one school to another.

The servicing center will oversee your loan account until your loans are paid in full, but you are the real loan manager because you have the sole responsibility for repaying your loans. Please remember: If you have any questions or concerns about your loan, your school's financial aid office and the direct loan servicing center are there to help. Once you receive a direct loan, you will be notified of your servicing center location (the toll-free telephone number and address will appear on all correspondence and monthly statements from the servicing center). You should always use that information when contacting the servicing center; however, if you should misplace that information, you can call (888) 447-4460 or visit the direct loan servicing center Web site.

 

 

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Questions or for more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid