Carl Sandburg College participates in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. To receive a loan, students must first complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and receive notification from Sandburg that a student loan(s) has been awarded.
Carl Sandburg College evaluates all requests for loans on a case-by-case basis as authorized under 34 CFR 685.301(a)(7) of the Higher Education Act. Federal regulations allow an institution to refuse to certify a student loan or certify a loan amount that is less than the student’s determination of need. Students will be notified in writing of the decision. Each loan request will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee to determine if borrowing is prudent. Items considered include but are not limited to: previous educational debt, educational debt to educational goals, progress toward degree completion. etc. Students may be approved for less than the federal maximum by term or year as specified by the committee.
o Minimum enrollment for loan disbursement is half time (six credit hours) per semester.
o Only courses required for the student’s program of study count for enrollment purposes.
The interest rate will be determined each June for new loans made for the upcoming award year. Each loan will have a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan. To find out the current interest rate, please go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/interest-rates.
First-time borrowers at Sandburg must complete loan counseling prior to the first disbursement of their loan.
This loan is based on financial need so not everyone will qualify. The government pays the interest while the student is enrolled at least half-time.
This program is available to students who do not qualify for need-based loans or who do not qualify for the maximum loan limits under the Subsidized Direct Stafford Loan. The borrower is responsible for all interest that occurs during any enrollment, grace, deferment or forbearance period. You can choose to pay the interest or allow it to be added to the principal amount of the loan.
This is a loan that allows parents of dependent students to borrow to help pay for educational expenses. Financial need is not considered; therefore, the program is open to almost any family (student and parent) who does not have an adverse credit history. The family can borrow up to the cost of education, less other aid received. To find current interest rate, please click here https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/interest-rates. Repayment begins 60 days after disbursement. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
For more information on student loans please review the additional links on the left for Loans and Debt Management, Other loan information and StudentLoans.gov.