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Loan Options to Help Make College Affordable

Loan Options

The following loan options are available while attending UT Tyler:

  • Federal Direct Loan Program (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
  • Direct Parent PLUS/Grad PLUS Loan Program

With Direct Loans, students and/or parents:

  • Borrow directly from the federal government and have a single contact, loan servicer, for everything related to the repayment of loans.
  • Have online access to your loan account information
  • Choose from several repayment plans that are designed to meet the needs of borrowers.

 

  • TEXAS B-On-Time Loan Program

The B-On-Time loan program, a state funded loan provides limited funding to undergraduate Texas resident students.  The loan has a zero interest rate as well as an academic forgiveness option.

 

Loan Program Information

Prior to disbursement, student borrowers must:

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan Program Information

Subsidized Direct loans are awarded on the basis of need. The interest that accrues on this loan while a student is in school is subsidized (or paid) by the federal government. Typically, the government will subsidize the interest rate until the loan enters into repayment (to include the grace period of the loan). Due to legislative changes, subsidized Stafford loans made July 1, 2012 through July 1, 2014 will begin to accrue interest during the grace period.

Current interest rates

Elimination of Subsidized Loan after 150% of Program

Congress permanently limited subsidized loans to 150% of the length of a student's academic program effective for new borrowers after July 1, 2013. Those enrolled in a 4 year undergraduate degree can have a maximum of 6 years of subsidized loan eligibility to complete the degree (4 x 150% = 6).  If you reach the 150% limitation and are still in school, the interest subsidy will end for all outstanding subsidized loans disbursed after July 1, 2013. Although repayment does not begin, the student will become responsible for interest accumulation at this point. For additional reading and resources, please visit the following: https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/images/DirectSubsidizedLoanTimeLimitation.pdf

 

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program Information

Unsubsidized Direct loans are not awarded based on need. The student is responsible for the interest payments from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. You have the option to pay the interest as you continue to attend school or let the interest accumulate and be added to the principal of your loan. This means that interest will "capitalize" and the total amount you repay will be higher than if you paid the interest all along.

Current interest rates

Direct Loan Limits and Academic Year

(An academic year at UT Tyler includes fall, spring and summer terms)

Loan limits

The maximum amount you can borrow each year in Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans depends on your grade level and on whether you are a dependent student or an independent student. The following table shows the maximum amount of money you may borrow each academic year in Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans as well as the total or aggregate amount you may borrow:

 

Direct Stafford Loan Limits (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)

 

Undergraduate students

Graduate students

Dependent1

Independent2

Freshman

$5,500 (up to $3,500 in subsidized loan)

$9,500 (up to $3,500 in subsidized loan)

$20,500 unsubsidized ONLY for each year

Sophomore

$6,500 (up to $4,500 in subsidized loan)

$10,500 (up to $4,500 in subsidized loan)

Junior and Senior

$7,500 (up to $5,500 in subsidized loan)

$12,500 (up to $5,500 in subsidized loan)

Aggregate

$31,000

(up to $23,000 in subsidized loans)

$57,500

(up to $23,000 in subsidized loans)

$138,500

(up to $65,500 in subsidized loans)

 

Direct PLUS Loan Program Information

Federal PLUS loans are for parents of dependent undergraduate students and for graduate/professional students.  Borrowers can use PLUS loans to help meet the cost of attendance or cover a student’s expected family contribution (This amount is found on the FAFSA results is what the governments expects the parents and student to provide each year toward the student’s education).

Current interest rates

To be eligible for a PLUS Loan offer, the parent must not have an adverse credit history which will be checked by the Department of Education after the school submits your application. An endorser (not the student) who does not have adverse history may be used if the parent has adverse history and is denied.

PLUS Loan Application (for credit check) 

PLUS Loan Authorization (disbursement of funds)

Dependent students whose parents have applied for but were unable to get a PLUS Loan are eligible to request additional Direct Unsubsidized Loan funds. PLUS Loan Denial-Request Additional Unsubsidized Loan  

The interest rate for PLUS Loans is fixed and is charged during all periods, beginning on the date of the loan’s first disbursement. In addition to interest, a loan origination fee (a percentage of the principal amount) is deducted with each disbursement. This fee helps reduce the cost of making low-interest loans.

Prior to PLUS Loan disbursement:

  • Student must be enrolled in at least six hours (half-time)
  • Credit check must be approved or an approved endorser
  • Parent borrower must complete a Master Promissory Note  

 

TEXAS B-On-Time Loan Program Information

Students should visit  for:

  • Eligibility requirements (initial and renewal)
  • Loan Limits
  • Repayment Options
  • Forgiveness Requirements

Procedures for B-On-Time Loan Application  These procedures must be completed each academic year for students who have accepted an initial or renewal award offer.

Students transferring B-On-Time renewal eligibility from a previous college/university must complete the FAFSA by March 15th and notify the Office of Financial Aid by these deadlines:

Fall:        October 1st

Spring:   February 15th

B-On-Time Renewal/Transfer Form Students will be notified via Patriot email when review and award offer is complete

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