Financial Aid

Federal Direct Stafford Loan

General Requirements

Once you are awarded a Federal Direct Student Loan, you must fulfill certain conditions before loan funds can be credited to your account. All first time Stafford Loan borrowers with Siena Heights University must complete three loan steps prior to their loan being certified and disbursed.

1. Entrance Counseling
2. MPN
3. Accept your student loan eligibility via MySiena

 

The first two steps should be completed at studentloans.gov.  

1. Student borrowers will log in using their FSA ID and password.
2. If you do not already have a FSA ID and password or if you are unable to remember your FSA ID or password, you can request a new one or more information at fsaid.ed.gov

 

ANNUAL LOAN LIMITS - STAFFORD LOAN

Dependent Students (whose parents were not denied a PLUS loan) Combined Base Limit for Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans  Additional Limit for Unsubsidized Loans  Total Limit for Unsubsidized Loans(minus subsidized amounts) 
First-Year Undergraduate (Freshman) 0-23 credit hours completed $3,500  $2,000  $5,500 
Second-Year Undergraduate (Sophomore) 24-55 credit hours completed $4,500  $2,000  $6,500 
Third-Year and Beyond Undergraduate (Junior, Senior) 56+ credit hours completed $5,500 $2,000  $7,500 
       
Independent Students 
(and dependent students whose parents were denied a PLUS loan) 
Combined Base Limit for Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans  Additional Limit for Unsubsidized Loans  Total Limit for Unsubsidized Loans (minus subsidized amounts) 
First-Year Undergraduate (Freshman) 0-23 credit hours completed $3,500  $6,000  $9,500 
Second-Year Undergraduate (Sophomore) 24-55 credit hours completed $4,500  $6,000  $10,500 
Third-Year and Beyond Undergraduate (Junior, Senior) 56+ credit hours completed $5,500  $7,000  $12,500 
       
Graduate and Professional Students  Limit for Subsidized Loans  Limit for Unsubsidized Loans  Total Limit for Unsubsidized Loans 
Graduate and Professional Students  $0 $20,500  $20,500 


 

AGGREGATE LOAN LIMITS - STAFFORD LOAN

  Combined Base Limit for Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans  Additional Limit for Unsubsidized Loans  Total Limit for Unsubsidized Loans (minus subsidized amounts) 
Dependent Undergraduate Students (whose parents were not denied a PLUS loan)  $23,000  $8,000  $31,000 
Independent Undergraduate Students (and dependent students whose parents were denied a PLUS loan)  $23,000  $34,500  $57,500 
Graduate and Professional Students  $65,500 
(including undergraduate Stafford loans) 
$73,000  $138,500 


 

Interest Rates

Loan Type  Grade Level Direct Loans 
  7/1/2017 to 
6/30/2018
Subsidized Loans Undergraduate 4.45
Unsubsidized Loans  Undergraduate 4.45
Graduate 6.0

 

Loan Repayment 

The Direct Loan Program offers loan repayment plans designed to meet the needs of almost every borrower. Direct Loans are funded by the U.S. Department of Education through Siena Heights University and are managed by the Direct Loan Servicing Center, under the supervision of the Department. The Direct Loan Program allows you to choose your repayment plan and to switch your plan if your needs change. 

Stafford loan repayment begins 6 months after you graduate, fall below half time (6 credit hours for both Undergraduate and Graduate Student), or leave school. If you return to school or if your enrollment increases to at least half time, there are deferment options that you could qualify for which will delay your repayment. It is important that you contact your loan servicer if your enrollment changes or if you are having problems making your payments. 

If you would like to obtain information on any past or current loans and grants, you can do so by accessing information from the National Student Loan Data System at www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/