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Types of Loans

A Loan is a form of financial assistance that requires repayment. Repayment of principal typically begins six months after the student′s educational experience has ended.

Student Loans

Trine University participates in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program. These loans are available through the Department of Education. There are two types of Stafford Loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. Not all students are eligible for both. The interest is paid by the government for the Subsidized Loan while the student is enrolled at least half-time. The Unsubsidized Loan accrues interest while in school and is capitalized to the loan when the student begins repayment. To be eligible for these loans the student must complete a FAFSA and be enrolled at least half-time.

Students must complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note in order to utilize the loan funds. These can be completed at www.studentloans.gov.Opens in new window You will need your FSA ID and password to log in.

To get started, see our How-to Complete a Stafford LoanOpens in new window document.

Private student loans are offered through a variety of banks, credit union and other types of lenders. The best rates on private loans generally are offered to borrowers who have good credit and/or who have a co-signer with good credit. Before you consider a private loan, we recommend you determine your eligibility for federal student loans, which generally have better terms. More information about federal student loans is available at https://studentaid.ed.govOpens in new window.

General Info

Private educational loans are usually higher interest programs with interest that accrues while the student is in school.

Students (or co-borrowers) must have a good credit history to obtain private educational loans.

Most lenders require that you are enrolled at least half time in a degree-seeking program (dependent on the lender). We will certify your loan up to the cost of attendance, less other aid.

Depending on the private loan lender, it is possible to apply for private educational loans for prior loan periods (retroactively) after the end of the loan period.

You will be required to complete a Self Certification FormOpens in new window to provide financial aid information to your lender.

Your lender is required to provide the borrower with three additional Truth-in-lending  statements at specific points in the application process. As a result, we are recommending that you apply at least three weeks prior to the date you need the funds and comply quickly to information requests from your lender.

Our Involvement

As long time members of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), our employees fully adhere to NASFAA's Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals.Opens in new window We want to assure all educational loan borrowers that our Financial Aid offices do not receive any form of payment or remuneration from lenders. Student and/or parent borrowers have the right to select a lender of their choice. Per federal and institutional guidelines, our office will process any loan from any lender. We highly recommend that a borrower's lender choice be carefully considered as to what is best for you.

Private Loan Programs

Students should apply through the lender of their choice for a private student loan. We do not  promote specific lenders. You should thoroughly research all options before making your decision. Below are tools to assist you in the process of comparing lenders and choosing the right loan for you. You may elect to borrow through any lender, not just the lenders included as part of these services.

Truth in Lending Requirements

New provisions in the Truth in Lending Act, implemented in February 2010, have resulted in a number of changes in the process of applying for and receiving private student loans. Lenders who provide these loans must comply with the following requirements:

  1. Lenders must provide 3 separate loan disclosures to borrowers; one at the point of application, one when the loan is approved, and one before the loan is disbursed.
  2. A waiting period of 3 business days is required between the time the borrower receives the final loan disclosure and the time the loan is disbursed.
  3. Students must also sign an Applicant Self-Certification form and submit it to the lender before the loan can be disbursed.

The Graduate PLUS loan differs from the Parent PLUS Loan. To be eligible, you must be a graduate or professional degree student continuing your education beyond an undergraduate degree. If you are a parent of a Dependent undergraduate student please see the Federal Parent PLUS Loan for information.

This loan does require you to complete an application, with a credit check, and also to complete a Grad PLUS Master Promissory Note.

For more detailed information visit http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/plus.

To complete an application and MPN go to www.studentloans.gov. We will receive electronic notification once you have completed and submitted the paperwork.

Parent PLUS loans are federal loans parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay education expenses. The U.S. Department of Education offers Parent PLUS Loans to eligible borrowers.

Parent Loans

PLUS stands for Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students. This is a financing option where parents can take out a loan in their name to help pay for their student's education. Parents can choose to make payments immediately or defer until after the student has graduated. The interest will accrue on the loan if you choose to defer.

This loan does require a credit check on the parent who is taking out the loan (it only goes in one parent's name). This takes place when you complete the application. After the application is completed then a Master Promissory Note is needed. At this point, the loan can be processed.

Is this loan for you? If so, you can access instructions on how to complete the PLUS loan on our forms page.

If you choose to us a Parent PLUS Loan, you can complete the application and MPN at www.studentloans.govOpens in new window. You will need your FSA ID and password to log in.