The FAFSA is one application for a variety of federal and state financial aid programs. The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program is one. Before accepting loans, be sure you understand how they work. Student loans are in investment in your future, and the following information can help you be a smart investor.
- Student loans are disbursed at a fixed rate, meaning the interest rate for the loan will never change. This is often considerably lower than private student loan sources. The interest rate for federal student loans disbursed during the 2017-18 school year is 4.45%.
- No credit check is required. Federal student loans are available to you because you’re pursuing education beyond high school.
- For students who qualify for subsidized student loans, the federal government pays the interest on your loan while you’re still in school, saving you money in the long run.
- When it’s time to repay your student loans, you’ll have several repayment plan choices designed to fit your specific needs.
- Not all students qualify for subsidized student loans. The information you provide on your FAFSA determines eligibility.
- Student loans must be repaid, and debt adds up quickly. Keep track of your student loan debt while you’re in school by visiting the National Student Loan Data System.
- There is a cap to how much you can borrow, so be sure you’re seeking other types of financial aid as well.
To learn more about how to be a smart borrower, check out ReadySetRepay.org. You’ll find information about borrowing smart from the start, estimating your loan payments, and repayment options.