Loans are sources of funding that allow students to spread the cost of education over time. Loans must be paid back, even if the student does not complete his/her education.
Need-based loans for students include the Young Harris College Loan (request information) and the Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed to apply for these loans.
- Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans: Low-interest loans are made by the federal government. Recipients must demonstrate need as determined by information provided on the FAFSA. No interest is paid on this loan as long as the student is enrolled at least half-time. Freshmen may borrow up to $3,500, and sophomores may borrow up to $4,500 while juniors and seniors may borrow $5,500 per academic year.
- Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans: Recipients must be enrolled at least half-time and must file the FAFSA, even though this loan is not need-based. The interest on this loan accumulates while the student is enrolled. Freshmen may borrow up to $3,500, and sophomores may borrow up to $4,500, while juniors and seniors may borrow $5,500 per academic year. Federal loan regulations now allow a student to borrow an additional $2,000 unsubsidized loan each year.
- United Methodist Student Loans: This fund has been established by the United Methodist Church and offers loans to Methodist students. The applicant must be enrolled full-time and maintain at least a "C" average. Students may borrow a maximum of $5,000 per calendar year.
- Federal PLUS Loans: These loans are made to credit-worthy parents of eligible dependent students. PLUS Loans are not need-based. Applications are available in the Office of Financial Assistance and Planning or apply online. Parents are required to sign in with a personal FSA ID username and password. Borrowers must begin repaying principal and interest within 60 days after the final loan disbursement of the student's annual period of enrollment.
Student Access Loan (SAL) Program: The SAL is a need-based loan offered by the Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA). It is a 1% fixed rate loan designed to assist undergraduate students who have a gap in meeting their educational costs. Please visit their website at GAfutures.org for more information and to submit an application.
For more information, contact the Office of Financial Assistance and Planning.