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Federal Direct Student Loans

There are two types of Federal Direct Loans students are eligible for:

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan3.86%  fixed interest rate

Awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrates financial need, as determined by your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Subsidized loans received through the 2011-2012 academic year are interest-free while you are enrolled at least half-time and during the 6-month grace period after you leave school.  For subsidized loans for which the first disbursement is made on or after July 1, 2012, and before July 1, 2014, you will be responsible for the interest that accrues while your loan is in grace period.  You do not have to make payments during the grace period (unless you choose to) but the interest will be added (capitalized) to the principal amount of your loan.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan3.86% fixed interest rate

Awarded to students who do not demonstrate financial need.  You are responsible for interest that accrues on the loan, which starts after the loan is disbursed.  You can choose to pay the interest while in school or allow the interest to accumulate.

Annual Loan Limits
The maximum amount a student may borrow each academic year depends on (1) year in college as determined by credits completed toward the program, (2) length of academic program, (3) estimated cost of attendance (COA), and (4) whether the student is dependent or independent. Review the chart below for details.

 

Dependency Status and Grade Level

Base
(Subsidized & Unsubsidized)

 

Additional Unsubsidized

 

Maximum Combined

Dependent Freshmen

$3,500

$2,000

$5,500

Dependent Sophomore

$4,500

$2,000

$6,500

Independent Freshmen

$3,500

$6,000

$9,500

Independent Sophomore

$4,500

$6,000

$10,500


How to Apply

To apply for one or more Federal Direct Student Loans at Leeward CC students must complete the five items listed below. Loans will NOT be processed until all of these items are completed.

  1. Complete the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov and submit all required documents as requested by Leeward Community College’s (Leeward CC) Financial Aid Office. 
  2. Complete the Entrance Counseling at https://studentloans.gov.
  3. Complete the Financial Awareness Counseling at https://studentloans.gov.
  4. Complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) at https://studentloans.gov (only if applicable):
    For NEW first-time Direct Loan borrowers, you must complete the MPN online.  Loan funds will not be disbursed until your MPN is completed.
    For CONTINUING Direct Loan borrowers, your MPN is still valid and you do not need to complete another MPN. 
  5. Complete and submit the Federal Direct Student Loan Request Form to Leeward CC’s Financial Aid Office.

Please be aware that it can take up to one week for our office to receive notification that you completed your Entrance Counseling, Financial Awareness Counseling, and/or Master Promissory Note.

General Direct Loan Information:

  • You must be enrolled for at least half time status (6 credits) at Leeward Community College (Leeward CC) to be eligible for a student loan.
  • If you are a first-time, first year borrower at Leeward CC, you will have a 30-day delay in the disbursement of your loan funds.
  • If your loan period is for a single semester (Fall 2013 only OR Spring 2014 only), your loan funds will be disbursed in two equal installments during the single semester, one at the beginning and one at the midpoint.  If you drop below half time status before the midpoint disbursement, undisbursed funds will be cancelled. 
  • There is a 1.051% loan origination fee on all subsidized and unsubsidized loans.  The loan fee will be proportionately deducted for each loan disbursement.
  • You may decline your loan funds and/or cancel future disbursements by submitting a written statement to the Financial Aid Office.
  • When you leave school (graduate/transfer/unofficially or officially withdraw) or enroll for less than half time status, our office is required to perform an exit of your student loans and your grace period will begin.  If you leave school or enroll for less than half time for six consecutive months, your grace period expires and loan repayment begins.  You may complete an In-School Deferment Request Form if you return to school at least half time status and want to defer your loan payments.  You may contact the Direct Loan Servicing Center at 1-800-848-0979 for more information regarding repayment.  
  • Federal student loans are considered to be financial aid and are subject to our Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy.

Financial Aid Office Information

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Address: 96-045 Ala Ike, AD-210
               Pearl City, HI 96782
Phone: (808) 455-0606
Fax: (808) 454-8804
Email: lccfao [at] hawaii [dot] edu
Federal School Code: 004549

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