Graduate Student Loans

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Graduate Student Loans

Barry University participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Direct Loans provide students with a low-interest way to borrow money to pay for their higher education. The U.S. Department of Education is the lender for Direct Loans rather than a bank or other financial institution. Direct Loans are:

  • Simple: You borrow directly from the federal government, who will assign your loans to a loan servicer. Typically all of your loans will be assigned to the same servicer, even if you receive Direct Loans at different schools.
  • Convenient: You will have online access to your Direct Loan account information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Flexible: You can choose from a variety of repayment plans that are designed to meet the needs of almost any borrower, and you can switch repayment plans as your needs change.
  • Unsubsidized: Non-need based loan. Interest is charged during all periods – including the time a student is in school and during grace and deferment periods. The interest rate is variable is charged during all periods. There is also an origination fee deducted by the Department of Education. Students can opt to let interest accrue, or make quarterly interest payments to their servicer.
  • Graduate PLUS: Available to graduate and professional students to help pay for education expenses. Interest is charged during all periods. There is also an origination fee. The maximum award is limited to the cost of attendance minus all other aid received. A credit check is required to qualify.

What Amounts Can You Borrow?

Annual Maximum Loan Limit

Graduate or Professional

  • Annual: $20,500
  • Lifetime Limit: $138,500
    (no more than $65,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans)

Podiatric Medicine

  • Annual:

    • $40,500 (Year 1)
    • $47,167 (Years 2-4)
  • Lifetime Limit: $224,000 
    (no more than $65,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans)


How To Apply For Federal Direct Subsidized And Unsubsidized Loans

Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at. Loans will be included in your financial aid package, if you are eligible.

Step 2: Complete a Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). The MPN is your promise to repay your loans and any accrued interest and fees to the U.S. Department of Education. It also explains the terms and conditions of your loans.

Step 3: Complete Loan Entrance Counseling. Entrance counseling takes about 30 minutes to complete and will familiarize you with your rights and responsibilities as a borrower.

Your Direct Loans cannot be disbursed unless you have completed all four steps above. If you have difficulty, please contact the U.S. Department of Education Student Loan Support Center at 1-800-557-7394.

How To Apply For A Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan

Students may consider applying for a Graduate PLUS loan if they have received the maximum Direct Unsubsidized Loan and still require additional funds, or if they have exhausted their lifetime eligibility. The Graduate PLUS loan requires a credit check for approval. The maximum award is limited to the cost of attendance minus all other aid received.

In addition to the FAFSA, students must have completed the following items to apply for a Graduate PLUS Loan:

Other Ways to Finance Your Education

Alternative Loans: If you have utilized all other forms of financial aid and still require additional funding for your educational costs, there are banks and other lending organizations that offer education loans. These loans require a credit check, and in some instances, you may need a cosigner. Loan terms will vary from lender to lender, so research multiple lenders, and review each loan’s terms and conditions carefully before applying to ensure that you find the one that best meets your needs.

Federal Loan disbursement

Loans are disbursed in accordance with federal disbursement rules and the school’s disbursement schedule for each term.
After you have completed the necessary loan requirements, the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and entrance counseling, your federal loans will disburse to your student account once your term registration becomes official. This is usually within the first two weeks of the term.

Federal loans will be split evenly between all registered terms for the academic year. The amount of your federal loan will always be slightly more than the amount disbursed to your student account due to federal loan origination fees.

Federal loans will not be authorized/disbursed if a student is not enrolled in the appropriate number of credits.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education’s central record for student aid. It contains information from schools and guaranty agencies about the Direct Loan program as well as other federal aid programs. The NSLDS database provides students with a centralized view of their federal student loans and grants throughout the entire aid cycle from aid approval to disbursement to repayment (if applicable).

To view your NSLDS history, log into the Federal Student Aid website.

Loan Exit Counseling

If you borrow a federal student loan, you must complete Exit Counseling each time you graduate, drop below half-time enrollment, or otherwise leave school. Exit Counseling provides you with important information to prepare you to repay your loans. Students who are required to complete counseling will receive an email notification from the Financial Aid Office.

Exit counseling can be completed online and will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. If you have any questions as you complete the process, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

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