Student loans are a form of federal financial aid, and you must complete a FAFSA to be eligible for federal loans. Yakima Valley College participates in the Direct Loan Program, a low-interest, federal loan program.
Types of Loans
There are two forms of Federal Direct Loans: Subsidized and Unsubsidized.
- Direct Subsidized Loans do not accrue interest while the student is enrolled at least half-time.
- Direct Unsubsidized Loans begin to accrue interest at the time of disbursement. Students have the option to make interest-only payments while they are still in school for Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans.
There is a limit on the maximum period of time (measured in academic years) that a student can receive Direct Subsidized Loans. In general, students may not receive Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150% of the published length of their program. For more information regarding this 150% limitation on Direct Subsidized Loans, see the Federal Student Aid website.
Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program
Federal Direct Loans are almost always less expensive than any other form of educational borrowing. They are loans that must be repaid, with interest; however, to keep these loans affordable, the federal government has established many payment plans and programs for loan deferment, cancellation, and forbearance that protect the borrower in case of disability, temporary unemployment, returning to school, etc.
The Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program provides two types of loans to YVC students. The need-based, subsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan does not accrue interest while the student is in school (for loans taken before reaching 150% of the standard, published length of the program); while the Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program begins accruing from the point of disbursement. Loan request forms are generally available in August for the upcoming school year.
Steps for Applying for Federal Direct Loans
- Submit a FAFSA Application
- Wait for your Award Notice.
a. Your award notice will be sent to your student email address and viewable on your student Financial Aid portal.
- First time borrowers must complete the Master Promissory Note and Loan Entrance Counseling at the Federal Student Aid website.
- Submit your Direct Loan Acceptance Form to the Financial Aid Office.
- Allow 1 to 2 weeks for processing.
The aggregate loan limits include any Direct Loans and any Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans or Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans you may have previously received under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program.
If the total loan amount you receive over the course of your education reaches the aggregate loan limit, you are not eligible to receive additional loans. However, if you repay some of your loans to bring your outstanding loan debt below the aggregate loan limit, you could then borrow again, up to the amount of your remaining eligibility under the aggregate loan limit.
Other Loan Fees
Please check with the Financial Aid office for other loan fees that are subject to change from year to year.