Student Loans

Student loans allow you to spread the cost of education over time. Loans can serve an important role in your plan to pay for college.

Loans are available from the federal and state governments as well as private lenders.

When you take out a student loan, you must pay it back—even if you don’t complete your education.

You should explore scholarships, grants, and part-time work to pay for college before you turn to student loans.

If you do need student loans, that’s okay too. Student loans don’t have to be an overwhelming burden if you borrow only what you need and follow a plan to pay them back.

Your financial aid award letter will list the federal loans that you’re eligible for. You may also see an “optional loan program limit” on your award letter.

If you need additional loan funds beyond your federal amounts, you may apply for an optional loan up to this stated limit.

You can accept any or all the federal loans you’re offered. You also choose whether you take out the full loan amount or just part of the money you could borrow.

Before your loans are processed, all first-time borrowers must complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and entrance counseling.

Subsidized and unsubsidized loans are federal student loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education. These are the most common loans WSU students receive.

Direct Subsidized Loans are available to undergraduate students who have financial need. You don’t need to make payments while you’re in school or during the 6-month grace period after you graduate.

Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

You don’t need to make payments while you’re in school or during the 6-month grace period after you graduate. But interest will accrue and be added to the principal amount of your loan.

To apply for a federal direct student loan, you first need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Then you’ll be offered a loan amount in your official award letter in Student eServices.

You choose whether to accept your federal loans and how much money you wish to borrow.

Make sure that you accept your loans before the semester begins, so your money is disbursed to pay your tuition bill in time.

Direct loan funds can only be held for 3 days, so let the Financial Aid Office know if you’ll be late registering for classes. This will make sure your loan funds aren’t returned and your loan isn’t cancelled.

PLUS Loans are federal loans that parents take out to help pay for the education of their dependent undergraduate students.

Graduate students can borrow using Federal PLUS Loans.

You or your student will need to complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for these loans. You’ll also complete a new PLUS Loan application every time you want to borrow.

If you’re denied the PLUS Loan, please contact the Financial Aid Office, as there may be other ways to help you.

The SELF Loan is an optional private loan through the State of Minnesota.

Learn more about how to apply for a SELF Loan and other frequently asked questions.

If you have exhausted free money (grants and scholarships), and federal and state financial aid (loans and work study), it may be time to consider a private educational loan.

Private educational loans are student loans offered through private lenders, usually a bank or credit union.

Students typically need a credit-worthy co-signer. As with any type of private loan, the co-signer will take on the debt if the student doesn’t make payments.

Private student loans aren’t eligible for any federal loan repayment options. The private lender sets the terms and schedule for repayment.

WSU doesn’t endorse specific lenders or loan products. Please contact the lender directly for the terms and conditions of the loans.

Learn more about applying for a private educational loan and compare loan options at FASTChoice.

Federal Perkins Loan

The Federal Perkins Loan Program ended Sept. 30, 2017.

If you already have a Federal Perkins Loan, contact WSU Financial Aid if you have any questions.

Once you graduate or drop below half-time enrollment, you have 9 months before you must begin making loan payments.

Educational Computer Systems Incorporated (ECSI) is the loan servicer for Federal Perkins Loans for WSU students.

Perkins Loan borrowers will receive an email from ECSI with instructions on how to complete exit counseling online.