Federal Loans

Georgia Tech participates in Direct Lending, which provides a streamlined, high-quality, cost-effective, and dependable loan program for students and families. The Federal Direct Loan Program includes the following loans.

Subsidized Direct Student Loans are federally guaranteed loans based on financial need. This loan is only offered to undergraduate students. Interest does not accrue on the loan while you are in school at least half time or during any future deferment periods. Students are not required to start making payments on this loan until six months after they graduate or drop below half-time. This is known as the "grace period."

Overview

  • Direct Subsidized Loans are available to undergraduate students with financial need. Need is determined by taking the cost of attendance and subtracting your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your awarded financial aid (excluding the PLUS loan).
  • Your school determines the amount you can borrow and the amount may not exceed your financial need.
  • The U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on a Direct Subsidized Loan:
    • while you’re in school at least half-time
    • for the first six months after you leave school (referred to as a grace period)
    • during a period of deferment (a postponement of loan payments).
  • Interest rates are set by the Department of Education each year on or near July and will be updated accordingly at that time on our website.

Comprehensive information on these loans is available from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Unsubsidized Loans are federally guaranteed loans that are not based on financial need. Interest accrues from the time the loan is distributed to Georgia Tech.

Students are not required to start making payments on this loan until six months after they graduate or drop below half-time. This is known as the “grace period.”

Comprehensive information on these loans is available from the U.S. Department of Education.

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A Parent PLUS Loan is an education loan specifically for parents (biological or adoptive) of dependent undergraduate students. Parents can borrow up to the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid the student is receiving. For example, if the cost of attendance is $25,000 for the year and the student has a scholarship of $5,000 toward the school cost, the parent can borrow up to $20,000.

Applying for a Parent PLUS Loan

Parents must complete this application; it cannot be completed by a student. Be sure that all information is entered correctly, as incorrect information could delay the processing of the application.

Interest rates are set by the Department of Education each year on or near July and will be updated accordingly at that time on our website.

Repayment of principal and interest begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed or parents now have the option to defer payments while their student is in school. Parents can also opt to let the interest accrue until the student leaves school; However, any interest that accrues from the date of disbursement is added to the outstanding loan balance through a process called capitalization.

Apply for a Parent PLUS Loan

Know More. Borrow Less.

The University System of Georgia launched a financial literacy initiative known as Know More. Borrow Less. This system-wide initiative is a comprehensive plan aimed at reducing barriers to financial aid, improving students’ understanding of borrowing and reducing student debt. The goal of Know More. Borrow Less. is to provide students timely information about their student loans.

To support this initiative, our office will provide loan borrowers with personalized debt notifications that include the amount the student currently owes and the expected monthly payment and interest costs. A complete listing of federal loans borrowed are always available to view through StudentAid.gov.

Apply for Federal Loans

Review the financial aid application process for federal loans.

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