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Westminster College
Bamberger Hall
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

A private comprehensive liberal arts college in Salt Lake City, UT, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in liberal arts and professional programs. Website
Loans

Loans for Graduate Students

Federal Stafford Loan

Graduate students are eligible for Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and may borrow up to $20,500 per academic year. Loan disbursements are split equally over the semesters in an academic year. For example, if you are planning to attend fall and spring semester, you will receive two loan disbursements: one for fall and one for spring. If you are attending fall, spring, and summer semesters you will receive three equal disbursements. 

Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are awarded regardless of a student's demonstrated financial need.  These loans accrue interest while you're in school and generate interest charges as soon as they are disbursed.  The interest charges may be deferred during enrollment (at least half-time) and deferment periods, but they will be capitalized (added to the outstanding loan balance).

 

  • no principle payment while in school
  • capped interest rate of 8.25%   (Note:  Effective July 1, 2013 all new Graduate Stafford Loans are fixed at 5.41%)
  • requires half-time enrollment

 

Fees

All Federal Stafford Loans may be subject to an origination (1.5%) and insurance fee of up to 2.5%, taken from the value of the loan at the time it is disbursed to the school.  The loan amount listed above and on Financial Aid Award Notices represent the gross amount of the loan (amount before fees have been paid). The Higher Education Reconciliation Act will adjust Stafford Loan origination fees according to the chart below:

 For Loans Disbursed  Origination
 07/01/08 to 06/30/09 1.0%
 07/01/09 to 06/30/12 0.5%
 07/01/12 to 03/01/13 1.0%
 03/01/13 to 06/30/14 1.051%
12/01/13 to present 1.072%

 

 

Repayment

Loan repayment begins 6 months after the student graduates, leaves school, or drops below half-time enrollment.  Repayment will initially be scheduled for fixed monthly payments over a 10 year period.  Other repayment options are also available.

Apply for a Federal Stafford Loan

Complete the following steps to apply for a Federal Stafford Loan:

1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
2. Return your signed Financial Aid Award Notice to the Financial Aid Office (this will be mailed to you once the Financial Aid Office has received and processed your FAFSA) indicating the loans and amounts you are accepting. You may borrow the amount of your choosing up to the full amount offered on your Financial Aid Award Notice.

Students accepting a Federal Stafford Loan for the first time at Westminster College should also:

1. Complete online Federal Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling
2. Complete an online Master Promissory Note

Federal Graduate PLUS Loan

The Federal PLUS Loan is available to Graduate students with a yearly maximum equal to your cost of attendance minus any other financial aid you receive. To be eligible, a credit check is required to determine that an applicant does not have an adverse credit history. Other requirements include completion of a FAFSA, half-time enrollment (4-6 credit hours) and you must have applied for your annual loan maximum eligibility under the Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program before applying for a Graduate PLUS loan. Federal PLUS Loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 have a fixed interest rate of 6.41% for graduate students. The loans may also be subject to an origination (1.788%) and insurance (2.5%) fee, taken from the value of the loan at the time it is disbursed to the school. Borrowers should consider the fees charged by each lender when choosing a loan provider.

Applying for a Federal PLUS Loan

Complete the following steps to apply for a Federal PLUS Loan:

1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
2. Complete a PLUS Loan Application and Master Promissory Note (Available after July 1st for the upcoming academic year. Also, please indicate dollar amount on application)

Alternative Educational Loans

Alternative student loans are private loans offered to students to assist with educational expenses. Since the loans are privately funded, the terms and conditions will vary based on the lender. This also means that interest rates and fees are not federally regulated and are therefore set by the individual lenders. Students are highly encouraged to carefully review the details of private loans before applying. Eligibility for an alternative student loan is determined by the lender. In most cases, a student will need a co-signer in order to be approved. Once the loan has been approved by the lender, Westminster's Financial Aid Office will need to certify the loan amount.

Alternative Loan Amounts

The amount available to be borrowed in alternative loan funding will vary by student. The certified loan amount cannot exceed the student's Cost of Attendance less any other financial aid received. If the amount approved by the lender is higher than the allowable maximum, it will be reduced by the school.

Applying for an Alternative Loan

Students should contact the lender of their choice for application instructions. Most lenders have online applications. We advise students to pursue all other sources of funding before applying for an alternative loan. Please be sure to carefully review all terms and conditions before completing an application.