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Federal Student Loan

2014-2015 Federal Direct Student Loan Program

(For Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 Semesters)

APPLICATION START DATE: Sept 1, 2014

APPLICATION DEADLINE for FALL 2014:  Dec 05, 2014

APPLICATION DEADLINE for Spring 2015:  May 01, 2015

 

Download a copy of the 2014-2015 Federal Direct Student Loan Program Steps (pdf)

 

Federal Direct Student Loans are low–interest loans originated through the Department of Education for students to help pay for the cost of a student’s education after high school. Accepting a loan means accepting responsibility in a long-term financial obligation for repaying the monies borrowed including interest costs and fees. Before you request a loan, make sure you find out the true costs, interest rates, and how long it will take to repay the loan. GO to http://www2.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/Direct_ Loan/student.tml to get answers to questions regarding federal direct student loans.

Beginning Spring 2013 Semester, Students will NO LONGER be required to attend a mandatory Berkeley City College Student Loan Information Workshop in order to be considered for a loan. Instead, students are required to review this loan home page and follow all instruction prior to submitting the loan request application.  It is strongly advised for all perspective BCC loan students to visit the following link http://web.peralta.edu/financial-aid/files/2011/09/2013FinAid_booklet.pdf to obtain pertinent financial aid information and BCC’s Student Loan Servicing Policies and Procedures.

Be a Smart Borrower! Peralta District Colleges recommend that students use all other possible resources first and borrow only when it is absolutely necessary. Students should consider their total educational indebtedness before borrowing at a community college.

WHAT TYPES OF LOANS ARE OFFERED AT BERKELEY CITY COLLEGE?

Subsidized Loans: For students with demonstrated financial need as determined by federal regulations, no interest is charged while you are in school at least half-time (6 or more units) or are in a deferment period.

  • Starting with the 2012-13 school year, students are responsible for paying the interest during the 6-months grace period.
  • Beginning July 1, 2012, graduate and professional students are no longer eligible to receive Subsidized Loans.

Loan Limitations (limit of how many years a student may receive subsidized loans)

 » Applies to “new borrowers” on or after July 1, 2013

» Students not eligible to receive additional subsidized loans if they have already received subsidized loans for 150% of the published length of their academic program.

Program Length Limitations on Subsidized Loan Eligibility
4- year Bachelor’s Degree 6 years of subsidized loan eligibility
2 – year Associate’s Degree 3 years of subsidized loan eligibility
1 – year of Certificate Program 1 ½ years of subsidized loan eligibility
10 weeks Certificate Program 15 weeks of subsidized loan eligibility

Unsubsidized Loans: Not based on financial need. Interest is charged from the time you receive the loan, even when you are attending school and during deferment periods.

HOW MUCH CAN I BORROW?

 

The chart below shows the maximum annual loan limits which are based on the number of college units you’ve completed and your dependency status. You are Dependent if you had to provide parent information on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your FAFSA results and financial aid (including scholarships) are used to determine your loan amount. As a result, not every student qualifies for the maximums shown on the chart. If you enroll for only one semester, you will receive half of your loan eligibility for the academic year. Also, Berkeley City College does not adjust loan amounts for students who advance to the 2nd year level during the academic year.

ANNUAL FEDERAL DIRECT STUDENT LOAN LIMITS 

DEPENDENT STUDENTS
Academic Level Subsidized + Unsubsidized = Max. Yr. Total Max. Fall
Disbursement
Max. Spring
Disbursement
1st Year
(0-30.0 Units*)
$3,500 + $2,000 = $5,500 $2,750 $2,750
2nd Year
(30.0+ Units*)
$4,500 + $2,000 = $6,500 $3,250 $3,250

*Units = Completed Units

INDEPENDENT STUDENTS
Academic Level Subsidized + Unsubsidized = Max. Yr. Total Max. Fall
Disbursement
Max. Spring
Disbursement
1st Year
(0-30.0 Units*)
$3,500 + $6,000 = $9,500 $4,750 $4,750
2nd Year
(30.0+ Units*)
$4,500 + $6,000 = $10,500 $5,250 $5,250

*Units = Completed Units

Interest Rates for Direct Loans

First Disbursement date of
Your Loan
SUBSIDIZED Rate UNSUBSIDIZED Rate
On or after July 1, 2014 and
prior to June 30, 2015
4.66% 4.66%

 IT DEPENDS ON:

  • Your college’s cost of attendance (COA) – Cost of education is an estimated amount that you will need to cover costs related to college attendance,
  • Your expected family’s contribution (EFC) – The amount of money calculated by FAFSA that you and/or family are expected to pay toward your annual college costs,
  • How many course units you have completed with a passing grade.
  • Whether you’re an independent or a dependent student, AND
  • How much other financial aid you receive (inclusive: all Federal & State grants, Private Aid, and Scholarships.)

Your Loan and any other financial aid, including private aid cannot be more than your COA. Therefore, the amount of Loan you can borrow is the “Remaining Amount” of how much is still needed after you have deducted all the Grant Aid and Scholarships you have received from your COA Budget. The FORMULA for how much you can borrow is:

REMAINING AMOUNT = COATOTAL AID AWARDED

EXAMPLE:

Cost of Attendance (COA) at Berkeley City College for 2014-2015 Academic Year:

Expense Away from Home At Home < 1/2 time
Tuition $1,104 $1,104 $1,104
Student Fee 4 4 4
Health Fee 36 36 36
Books & Supplies 1,746 1,746 1,746
Room & Board 11,493 4,599
Transportation 1,278 1,278 1,278
Personal Expense 3,132 3,132
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TOTAL BUDGET $18,793 $11,899 $4,168

COA (Total Need) : $18,793

Type of Aid Amount of Aid
Pell Grant Awarded: $5,730
BOGG – Governor’s Fee Waiver $1,104
SEOG – Supplemental Grant $400
Osher Scholarship: $4,000
__________________________________________
Total Aid Awarded: $11,234

- (Minus) Total Aid Awarded: _ ________________ <$11,234>

= (Equal) Total Remaining Amount Need: _____ $7,559 (Maximum
Loan Amount) 

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What Do I Need to do to Get a Federal Direct Student Loan from Berkeley City College?

 

2014-2015 LOAN CHECK LIST

To apply for a Fall 2014, and Spring 2015 loan, Please complete ALL actions listed below before the application deadline:

  1. Apply for Admissions at a Peralta Community College at http://www.cccapply.org/applications/CCCApply/apply/Peralta_CCD.html
  2. Complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov . Berkeley City College school code is 014311.
  3. Turn in all supplemental documents requested by the BCC Financial Aid Office (FAO) (Supplemental paperwork is available for you to pick up from the BCC FAO front counter 5 business days after you have successfully filed your online FAFSA application.) Your BCC financial aid file must be completed before you can be considered eligible for a loan. Please check your PCCD e-mail account for messages.
  4. You may pick up the 2014-2015 Federal Direct Student Loan Request Form/Application from the Berkeley City College Financial Aid Office Front Counter ONLY when your financial file is completed and awarded.
  5. You must enroll in six (6) or more units related to your degree or major. You must be working toward completion of an eligible Transfer, Certificate, or Associate Degree granting program.
  6. If you attended another institution/college you may need to meet with a counselor to complete a Transcript Evaluation Form and/or a Student Educational Plan (SEP) and submit the Form(s) together with your Loan Request Package to the BCC F.A.O.
  7. If you are on academic dismissal, you must complete and submit a Appeal Form to the BCC F.A.O. (Your appeal must be approved in order to be eligible for a student loan.)
  8. If you have received a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, you must do the following:
    • Complete and submit the “Graduate Student Educational Objective Statement Form” (Your objective must be approved in order to proceed in the student loan application process.)
    • IF APPROVED
    • Complete and submit the “Graduate Appeal Form” (Appeal must be approved in order to be eligible for a student loan.)

    ** Forms are available at the BCC Financial Aid Office Front Counter.

    Complete an on-line Master Promissory Note (MPN – a legal binding contract between a lender, federal government and you. The Promissory note contains the terms and conditions of the loan, including how and when the loan must be repaid. ) at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action .

  9. Complete an on-line Entrance Counseling at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action . (You must take the loan entrance exam every academic year.) After passing the Entrance Exam, PRINT out the “Proof of Completion” and submit it to BCC F.A.O. along with your loan application request.
  10. You must complete the “Financial Awareness Counseling” session through www.studentloans.gov. After completing the Financial Awareness Counseling, print out the confirmation and submit it with the rest of your loan documents.
  11. You must complete the On-Line Loan Exit Interview and Exam at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action prior to leaving Berkeley City College, or if your course load drops below 6 (six) units.
  12. Complete and submit the 2014-2015 Federal Direct Student Loan Request Form to the Berkeley City College Financial Aid Office Front Counter. Be sure to submit all other pertinent documents along with you Loan Request Form. Student Loan Requests will take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to process.
  13. Check your PCCD e-mail for correspondences and updates from the financial aid office.

BORROWING GUIDELINES:

Berkeley City College strives to limit student loan defaults. For this reason, loan requests from “higher risk” students may be denied or reduced. The following are factors, but are not limited to in determining whether a student is categorized as “higher risk”:

  • Student has an undeclared major or undecided educational goal.
  • Student is not enrolled in a Title IV eligible program of study (16 or more units in length.)
  • Student is not making steady progress in an eligible program or is not currently meeting PCCD Statisfactory Academic Progress Standards.
  • Student already borrowed to a maximum appropriate for the earning potential of PCCD program. (We suggest $16,000 – including previous student loan debt from other colleges).
  • Have received a baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) and have not submitted a petition to be consider for a student loan.
  • Student is or has been in default or delinquency in financial obligations.
  • Student has a change in planned borrowing from previous year(s).
  • Student appear to be or have been default or delinquent on financial obligations.
  • Student has an incomplete or missing student loan “Worksheet for Student Borrowers” form.

WHEN AND HOW WILL I GET MY LOAN MONEY?

  • After your student loan form “Worksheet for Student Borrowers” has been approved and certified by the Berkeley City College Financial Aid Office, the Federal Loan Department will be notified of your approval status immediately.
  • You will be notified officially by postal mail and/or e-mail within a week from the Federal Loan Service Department that you have been certified and you will receive a complete informational package regarding the amounts, disbursements, terms and conditions of your student loan.
  • Your loan money will be credited to your Higher One Account (Peralta’s 3rd party funds management servicer – 1-877-405-8672, www.PeraltaCard.com/easyhelp .) Funds are available to you within 3-10 business days depending on the method of disbursement you have chosen with Higher One ( Higher One Debit Card, Direct Deposit ACH, or Paper Check.)
  • Your loan will cover a full academic year and will be given to you in two (2) disbursements – the first for Fall and the other for Spring. If your loan covers only one semester, you will receive your funds in two (2) disbursements – 1st approximately four weeks after the start of the semester and the 2nd approximately 10 days later.
  • The earliest date student loan funds will be issued is approximately four weeks after the start of the semester. All first-time borrowers have a mandatory thirty-day (30) waiting period before they receive their first disbursement. The earliest date student loan funds will be issued to first-time borrowers is approximately six weeks after the semester begins
  • You should not plan to use the loan money to pay registration fees, campus fees, or to buy your textbooks as these funds will arrive after classes begin.

OVERVIEW:

To apply for a 2014-2015 Federal Direct Student Loan, you must have completed the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov and have completed a financial aid file at Berkeley City College.  You must follow and complete actions as dictated on the above Loan Checklist to be considered and/or eligible for a student loan.  Make sure to visit Berkeley City College’s On-line Loan Workshop Website to gain a better understanding on Loan Interests, Repayment, Delinquency, Deferment, Default, Forbearance and BCC’s  Loan Servicing Policies and Procedures at http://www.peralta.edu/directloanpowerpoint[1].pdf . 

Please keep in mind that obtaining a Student Loan is a serious commitment that requires your careful consideration.  Berkeley City College encourages you to borrow only if absolutely necessary and reminds you that there are lifetime limits for Direct Loans that can affect future borrowing for educational costs. 

Other Important Contact Information: 

  • For Direct Loan Application Services:

Phone #: 1-800-557-7394;  Fax #: 1-877-623-5082

Email:  codsupport@acs-inc.com

  • For Electronic Master Promissory Note (eMPN) Services:

Phone #: 1-800-557-7394; Fax #: 1-301-470-1244

Website:  www.studentloans.gov;  Email:  ordrs@fsapubs.org

  • For Repayment Question Services:

Phone #:  1-800-848-0979; Website:  www.dl.ed.gov

  • For Direct Loan Consolidation Services:

Phone #:  1-800-557-7392;  Website: www.loanconsolidation.ed.gov

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BE A SMART BORROWER!

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