Apply for a Loan
Barry University graduate programs are awarded using a Borrower-Based Academic Year (BBAY). The BBAY runs concurrently with a student’s attendance; students can receive a Federal Direct Loan for any period of ½-time enrollment. Using a Borrower-Based Academic Year allows students to borrow a new Direct Loan faster than the traditional scheduled academic year.
Graduate students who are at least provisionally accepted into a degree program and have a valid FAFSA on file with Barry University will initially be offered the maximum amount in Federal Direct Loans for a two-semester period. Students will automatically be offered the maximum loan amount for each subsequent two-semester loan period. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Financial Aid Office in writing if they wish to borrow a lower amount than the one offered, or not at all.
How to Apply for a Federal Direct Loan
Students who wish to apply for a Federal Direct Loan should complete the following documents. Financial aid is awarded after all documents are submitted and you are at least provisionally accepted into a degree program.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is a required federal form that determines a student’s initial eligibility for federal student aid. Please use your prior year’s federal tax return to file. Barry University’s school code is 001466. The FAFSA should be completed electronically at www.fafsa.gov.
Sign your FAFSA electronically using your 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you do not have a PIN – or if you forget your PIN – you may request it online at www.pin.ed.gov.
Once your FAFSA is filed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Processor. Please review your SAR carefully and make any required corrections. If your application is selected for verification by the federal government, you will be required to submit a signed copy of your federal tax return along with other documents.
Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note/Loan Entrance Counseling:
The Master Promissory Note allows students to apply for low-interest, federally-guaranteed student loans. It is a contract between the student and the U.S. Department of Education to repay your student loans. Students can complete a promissory note online at www.studentloans.gov. First-time borrowers must also complete loan entrance counseling.
How to Apply for Federal Direct PLUS/Alternative Loans
Students should apply for a Federal PLUS or Alternative loan after they have exhausted their Stafford loan eligibility for the year. Both loans require a credit check for approval. Generally, students may request up to $20,000 in PLUS or Alternative loans, depending on their Cost of Attendance.
NOTE: You may not be awarded the amount that you have been approved for in PLUS or Alternative loans; the amount you receive will be determined by your cost of attendance.To apply for a Federal Direct PLUS loan, please complete the following:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) The FAFSA is a required federal form that determines a student’s initial eligibility for federal student aid. Please use your prior year’s federal tax return to file. Barry University’s school code is 001466. The FAFSA should be completed electronically at www.fafsa.gov.
- Direct PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note/Loan Entrance Counseling: The Master Promissory Note allows students to apply for federal loan funds in excess of the maximum Stafford loan amount. It is the contract between the student and the lender to repay your student loans. A credit check is required. Students can complete a promissory note online at www.studentloans.gov. First-time Graduate PLUS borrowers must also complete loan entrance counseling.
- Federal Direct PLUS Loan Request Form: This form allows students to indicate the amount they wish to borrow in a Direct PLUS loan. You may not borrow in excess of the cost of attendance. Download the Federal Direct PLUS loan request form. .
If you are interested in an Alternative loan, please apply directly with the lender of your choice. Students should research several loan products to find the one that best meets their needs.