UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Loans

Student loans have become an essential component in financing students' educational expenses. Loans, by definition and regulation, must be repaid and therefore should be used sparingly and wisely. If you accept a loan, you are responsible for repaying the loan plus interest. Remember that the more you borrow, the higher the monthly repayment will be, so only take as much loan money as you will need. To calculate your monthly repayment, use the following link: Repayment Calculatorlink.

All federal education loans require you to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.govlink.

Each loan program has specific eligibility criteria, repayment, cancellation, and deferment conditions. Click on the tabs below for more information.

 

Undergrad Federal Loans

 

Subsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan

Borrower:  Undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need (must be enrolled at least half-time, which is 6 credits).
Lender:  Federal government.
Loan amount:  Up to $3,500 per academic year for freshman grade level, $4,500 for sophomore grade level, and $5,500 for junior and senior grade levels.
Application Process:  Complete the FAFSA annually. Accept the Federal Direct Loan offer in your eSIS. Complete online Entrance Counseling and/or the Master Promissory Note on the Stafford Loan Processing page.
Interest Rates and Loan Origination Fees:  For current rates and feesplease visit the Federal Student Aid websitelink.
Repayment: 
Repayment begins six months after graduation or after you cease to be enrolled at least half-time, which is 6 credits. Each year while you are in repayment, you are required to pay at least $600 or the unpaid balance (which ever is less). Standard repayment is over a 10 year period; however, several repayment options are available that may extend the length of repayment. There is no penalty for early repayment. In order to assist you with your planning, the U.S. Department of Education provides very helpful budget and repayment calculatorslink.


Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan

Borrower: Undergraduate and Graduate students regardless of financial need (must be enrolled at least half-time, which is 6 credits for Undergraduates and 4 credits for Graduates).
Lender: Federal government.
Loan Amount: Undergraduates can receive up to $5,500 per academic year for freshman grade level, $6,500 for sophomore grade level, and $7,500 for junior and senior grade levels. Amounts are higher for independent studentslink.
Application Process: Complete the FAFSA annually. Accept the Federal Direct Loan in eSIS.  Complete online Entrance Counseling and/or the Master Promissory Note on the Stafford Loan Processing page.
Interest Rates and Loan Origination Fees:  For current rates and fees please visit theFederal Student Aid websitelink.
Repayment:  Repayment begins six months after graduation or after you cease to be enrolled at least half-time, which is 6 credits for Undergraduates and 4 credits for Graduates. Each year while you are in repayment, you are required to pay at least $600 or the unpaid balance (which ever is less). Standard repayment is over a 10 year period; however, several repayment options are available that may extend the length of repayment.  There is no penalty for early repayment. In order to assist you with your planning, the U.S. Department of Education provides very helpful budget and repayment calculatorslink.


Federal Perkins Loan

Borrower: Undergraduate students with exceptional need (must be enrolled at least half-time, which is 6 credits).
Lender: UW-River Falls.
Loan Amount: Up to $1,500 per academic year.
Application Process: Complete FAFSA. Accept Perkins Loan offer in your eSIS. First-time borrowers must complete an online Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note on Perkins Loan Processing page.
Interest Rate: Fixed at 5.0%. The Federal government pays the interest on the loan while you are enrolled at least half-time, during the grace period before repayment, and during periods of approved deferment.
Repayment: Repayment begins nine months after graduation or after you cease to be enrolled at least half-time, which is 6 credits. A minimum payment of $40 per month is required, and you have up to 10 years to repay the loan. There is no penalty for early repayment.


Federal Parent PLUS Loan

Borrower: Parents of dependent undergraduate students.
Lender: Federal government.
Loan Amount: Up to the cost of attendance, minus any other aid the student has received. Note that an origination fee will be deducted from each loan disbursement.
Application Process: The student must have a FAFSA on file with UW-River Falls. The parent borrower must have a PINdocumentlink from the U.S. Department of Education (the same PIN used to electronically sign the FAFSA). A stepparent may apply for a PLUS if the stepparent's information is included on the FAFSA. To apply, complete the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Requestdocument and sign the Master Promissory Note on the Parent PLUS Loan Processing page.
Interest Rate and Loan Origination Fees:  For current rates and fees please visit the Federal Student Aid websitelink.
Repayment: Repayment of interest and principal begins within 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed. Standard repayment is over a 10 year period; however, several repayment options are available that may extend the length of repayment. The parent may choose to postpone repayment until six months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time, but interest will continue to accrue while repayment is postponed.


Federal Stafford and Perkins Loans allow for cancellations of all or part of the loan in return for certain types of teaching or public service. Please visit Student Aid on the Webdocumentlink for detailed information.

Federal Direct Loan Limits (Annual)

  Dependent Independent

Freshman

0-29 credits

$5,500 (with a max of $3,500 subsidized)

$9,500 (with a max of $3,500 subsidized)

Sophomore

30-59 credits

$6,500 (with a max of $4,500 subsidized)

$10,500 (with a max of $4,500 subsidized)

Junior

60-89 credits

$7,500 (with a max of $5,500 subsidized)

$12,500 (with a max of $5,500 subsidized)

Senior

90+ credits

$7,500 (with a max of $5,500 subsidized)

$12,500 (with a max of $5,500 subsidized)

Graduate

$20,500



Federal Direct Loan Limits (Lifetime)

  Dependent Independent

Undergraduate

$31,000 (with a max of $23,000 Subsidized)

$57,500 (with a max of $23,000 Subsidized)

Graduate

$138,500



Grad Federal Loans

 

Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan

Borrower: Students; regardless of financial need (must be enrolled at least half-time, which is 4 credits).
Lender: Federal government.
Loan Amount: Up to $20,500 per academic year.
Application Process: Complete the FAFSA annually. Accept the unsubsidized loan offer in your eSIS. Complete online Entrance Counseling and/or sign MPN on the Stafford Loan Processing page.
Interest Rate and Loan Origination Fees:  For current rates and fees please visit theFederal Student Aid websitelink.
Repayment: Repayment begins six months after graduation or after you cease to be enrolled at least half-time, which is 4 credits. Each year while you are in repayment, you are required to pay at least $600 or the unpaid balance (which ever is less). You have up to 10 years to repay the loan. There is no penalty for early repayment. In order to assist you with your planning, the U.S. Department of Education provides very helpful budget and repayment calculatorslink.


 

Federal Graduate PLUS Loan

Borrower: Students; regardless of financial need (must be enrolled at least half-time, which is 4 credits).
Lender: Federal government.
Loan Amount: Up to the cost of attendance, minus any other aid the student has received. Note that an origination fee will be deducted from each loan disbursement.
Application Process: You must have a PINdocumentlink from the U.S. Department of Education (the same PIN used to electronically sign the FAFSA) and a FAFSA on file with UW-River Falls. To apply for a Grad PLUS Loan, contact the UW-River Falls Financial Aid Office at finaid@uwrf.edumail or 715-425-3141.
Interest Rate and Loan Origination Fees:  For current rates and fees please visit the Federal Student Aid websitelink.
Repayment: Repayment of interest and principal begins within 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed, and the repayment term is up to 10 years. You may choose to postpone repayment until six months after you graduate or cease to be enrolled at least half-time, but interest will continue to accrue while repayment is postponed.


Federal Stafford Loans allow for cancellations of all or part of the loan in return for certain types of teaching or public service. Please visit Student Aid on the Webdocumentlink for detailed information.

Private Loans

Private Loans

Borrower: Students regardless of financial need. Meant to provide additional funds after you have applied for federal financial aid. Private loans often have higher interest rates and loan fees. For those reasons we highly recommend all students and families apply for federal financial aid through the FAFSA before applying for a private loan.
Lender: You choose between a variety of private banks and lenders on the online application.
Loan Amount: Up to your cost of attendance, minus any other aid you have received.
Application Process: Apply online through FASTChoicelink.
Interest Rate and Repayment: Unlike federal loans, the terms of private loans are set by the individual lenders. The interest rate and fees are determined by your credit history, your debt-to-income ratio and that of your co-signer. The interest rates for alternative loans are variable and are most often based on a range using the Prime or LIBOR as a base and add an additional percentage based on the borrower's credit. The current Prime and LIBOR rates are available at the Federal Reserve Statistical Releaselink.