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Loans

A loan is a financial award that must be repaid. The following loans are available through the USDE:

  • Federal Direct Loans
    There are two types of Federal Direct Loan Programs: subsidized and unsubsidized.Subsidized Direct Loan Program — Students with calculated financial need may borrow under the Subsidized Direct Loan Program. Under the Subsidized Direct Loan Program, the federal government pays the interest on the loan while students are in school and during their grace period. Note 1: students must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for the Subsidized Direct Loan Program. Note 2: A student’s EFC is taken into consideration when determining his/ her eligibility for a Subsidized Direct Loan.Unsubsidized Direct Loan Program — Students with no calculated financial need may borrow under the Unsubsidized Direct Loan Program. The interest rate is the same, but unlike the Subsidized Direct Loan Program, the government does not pay the interest on the loan. Students have the option of paying the interest while in school, or having it added to their principal when they graduate or cease being enrolled on at least a half-time basis. Note 1: Students must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for the Unsubsidized Direct Loan Program. Note 2: A student’s EFC is not taken into consideration when determining his/her eligibility for an Unsubsidized Direct Loan; however, any other aid received is a consideration (for example, if the student is eligible to receive a Subsidized Direct Loan or a Pell Grant).

After reviewing the FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office determines the maximum amount that a student can borrow each year based on: EFC (Expected Family Contribution); Dependency status (whether they are considered dependent or independent according to the student’s FAFSA); Grade level at the beginning of the loan period.

The following are the maximum amounts dependent and independent students can borrow each year.

Dependent undergraduates (excluding dependent students whose parents are ineligible for PLUS)

Credits completed Subsidized Total (subsidized
& unsubsidized
Freshman 0 – 33 $3,500 $5,500
Sophomore 34 – 67 $4,500 $6,500
Junior and
Beyond
68 + $5,500 $7,500

Independent undergraduates (including dependent students whose parents are ineligible for PLUS (see below))

Credits completed Subsidized Total (subsidized
& unsubsidized
Freshman 0 – 33 $3,500 $9,500
Sophomore 34 – 67 $4,500 $10,500
Junior and
Beyond
68 + $5,500 $12,500


Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
— The PLUS program allows qualified parents to borrow funds to help support their dependent children while their son/daughter is attending college. Unlike the Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans, the parent must pass a credit check; if the parent does not pass the credit check they may either appeal or provide a co-signer for the loan.

The EFC is not used in calculating PLUS eligibility (i.e., PLUS can replace the EFC), and the total amount a parent can borrow may not exceed the student’s Coast of Attendance (COA) minus all other aid received.

A dependent student whose parent is ineligible for a PLUS loan may be eligible for increased unsubsidized loans as shown above.

Loans Fees
At each disbursement the Department of Education deducts a fee. The loan fee for Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) is 1.068% for loans on or after 10/1/15 and before 10/1/16; the fee for the PLUS loan is 4.272% for loans on or after 10/1/15 and before 10/1/16.

Federal Work-Study (FWS)
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is money that is earned while attending school and that does not have to be repaid. FWS is a form of student employment — a need-based financial aid award that allows students to work on campus part time. It is not a grant (because students must work to earn it), and it is not a loan (because students do not have to repay it).

In order to receive FWS, students must complete the FAFSA and have FWS eligibility. Federal funding is limited. FWS funds are distributed on an as-available basis. Students can only apply for FWS positions if they have this as part of their financial aid package. They are paid an hourly wage on a bi-weekly basis for hours worked, and their paycheck will be sent directly to them instead of applied to their bill. Note: students who are awarded FWS must complete all of the forms listed in the FWS Guidelines.

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“My experience at the Jazzschool Institute has been nothing short of magical every single day. The faculty, in addition to being the best players in their field, are also great teachers. They really demonstrate that they want the students to succeed in becoming the next generation of great players.”

— Dillon Vado, CJC Student
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