Federal Direct Loans for Undergraduate Students

CU Boulder participates in the Federal William D. Ford Direct Loan program (known as Direct or Stafford Loans). The lender is the U.S. Department of Education rather than a bank or other financial institution. There are two types of Federal Direct Loans available for undergraduate students:

  • Subsidized loans are need-based and do not have interest accruing while you are in school or in deferment.
  • Unsubsidized loans may or may not be based on financial need and interest accrues while you are in school or in deferment.

Loan Features

  • Loan origination fee for both loans is 1.068%.
  • Repayment begins 6 months after you graduate, drop below half time, or withdraw. Learn more about managing repayment of your student loans.
  • Subsidized loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2012, and before July 1, 2014 are not eligible for subsidized interest benefits during the six-month grace period after a student graduates or falls below half-time enrollment. Interest will accrue during the grace period and will be capitalized if unpaid by the borrower.
  • Subsidized loans have a time-in-college loan limit.
  • Students graduating in December will have their Direct Loans pro-rated for fall. View pro-rated loan amounts below Undergraduate Students Who Are Graduating.
  • Loans must be processed by our office by the last day the student is enrolled in at least 6 credit hours. 

Fixed Interest Rates

Date of First Disbursement Subsidized Unsubsidized
7/1/14 - 6/30/15 4.66% 4.66%
7/1/15 - 6/30/16 4.29% 4.29%
7/1/16 - 6/30/17 3.76% 3.76%

Loan Limits

 

Annual loan limit

Freshman

$5,500
(Maximum of $3,500 can be subsidized)

Sophomore

$6,500
(Maximum of $4,500 can be subsidized)

Junior or Senior

$7,500
(Maximum of $5,500 can be subsidized)

 

Annual loan limit

Independent Freshman

$9,500
(Maximum of $3,500 can be subsidized)

Independent Sophomore

$10,500
(Maximum of $4,500 can be subsidized)

Independent Junior or Senior

$12,500
(Maximum of $5,500 can be subsidized)

Graduate or Professional

$20,500

Lifetime Loan Limits

Dependent Undergraduate

$31,000
(up to $23,000 may be subsidized)

Independent Undergraduate

$57,500
(up to $23,000 may be subsidized)

Graduate or Professional

$138,500
(up to $65,500 may be subsidized)

How to Apply

  1. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Accept the loan online (view instructions)
  3. Complete the Federal Direct Student Loan Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling online at, www.studentloans.gov

Note: Loans must be processed by our office by the last day the student is enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.

  1. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Accept the loan online (view instructions)

Note: Loans must be processed by our office by the last day the student is enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.