Loan assistance is available for graduate students in the form of unsubsidized loans through the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program, the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan program, and alternative/private loan programs offered by certain lenders. Students are typically eligible to borrow the annual maximum Direct Unsubsidized loan of $20,500. (However, students are required to complete the FAFSA application process before a Direct Unsubsidized Loan may be awarded.) Graduate PLUS loans are federal credit based loans that graduate or professional degree students can use to help pay educational expenses. Alternative/private loans are available from private sources that are not based on financial need. We recommend that students apply for federal loans first and then pursue additional sources of funding if necessary. Information may be found at the Federal Student Aid website.
In order to be considered for the Federal Direct Loan programs and/or the Federal Work Study Program, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Detailed information on eligibility criteria and application procedures may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid website.