Federal Direct Loans

The Federal Direct Loans Program will provide funds for all eligible students who apply.
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A Federal Direct Loan can be either subsidized or unsubsidized. If, after your family contribution and financial aid have been subtracted from your total cost of education, and you have remaining financial need, you are eligible to receive a subsidized Direct Loan (a Stafford loan). The federal government pays the interest on a subsidized Direct Loan while you are enrolled at least half time (6 credits) and for six months after you leave school.

If you are eligible to receive an unsubsidized Direct Loan to replace all or a portion of the family contribution, if there is loan eligibility remaining. If you borrow an unsubsidized Direct Loan, you have the option of paying the interest as it accrues, or you can allow the interest to be periodically added to the principal of the loan.

Beginning Fall 2014 you may complete your loan request on CUNYfirst by clicking on "Direct Loan Processing Form"

The following chart shows the amount you are eligible to borrow in each academic year beginning July 1.

Dependent Students

Base Amount




First Year$3,500$5,500
Second Year$4,500$6,500
Third Year & Beyond$5,500$7,500

Independent & Dependent Students (Except Students Whose Parents Cannot Borrow PLUS)

Base Amount

Total Sub/Unsub

First Year$3,500$9,500
Second Year$4,500$10,500
Third Year & Beyond,  Second Degree$5,500$12,500
Graduate and Professional StudentsN/A$20,500

Stafford Loans have a maximum interest rate of 8.25%. The interest rate varies each year and is adjusted each July 1.  For yearly interest rates please check the Federal Direct Loan web site at www.studentsloans.gov .

Aggregate Loan Limits (Effective July 1, 2008)

Undergraduate Dependent Students: $31,000 (no more than $23,000 of which can be subsidized)

Undergraduate Independent Students: $57,500 (no more than $23,000 of which can be subsidized)

Graduate and Professional Students: currently $138,500

Effective July 1, 2012 Graduate and Professional students will no longer be eligible for Subsidized Loans, only Undergraduates.

If you are requesting a Direct Loan at York College, you are required to complete a Direct Loan Request Form and an online Entrance Interview exam. First time borrowers should schedule an appointment for Financial Awareness and Debt Management Education for Students (F.A.D.E.S.) Workshop before submitting Direct Loan Request form. Please complete the Entrance Interview exam and submit the results with your William D. Ford Direct Loan 2013/2014 Request Form.

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