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Federal Loan Information

Federal Loan Information 2018-02-19T14:47:52+00:00

As a borrower you do have rights in dealing with your loan and loan holder. You also have clear responsibilities as well.
Your Rights

  • You are entitled to a copy of your Repayment Schedule and Disclosure Statement.
  • You have the right to be notified in writing if your loans are sold or transferred for servicing.
  • You are entitled to a repayment period of at least five years.
  • You have the right to prepay any part of your loan at any time without penalty.
  • If you qualify, you have the right to defer your loan payments.
  • You are entitled to have any questions about your student loan answered by your lender, guarantor, or the U.S. Department of Education.
  • You have the right to have your loan cancelled as a result of death or total and permanent disability.
  • You have the right to a graduated or income-sensitive repayment schedule.
  • If you first borrowed on or after 10/7/98 and have a debt of at least $30,000, you are entitled to an extended repayment schedule.
  • You are entitled to receive the original Promissory Note when your loan is paid in full.

Your Responsibilities

  • You must notify your lender or servicer if you change your name, address or enrollment status (i.e., you withdraw, graduate, drop to less than half-time enrollment or change your school of attendance).
  • You are responsible for knowing the terms of your student loans. You should keep copies of all student loan documents in a safe place.
  • You must repay your loan whether or not you complete your studies, are satisfied with the education you receive or are able to find employment.
  • You must make your loan payments on time.
  • You must begin making payments at the end of your grace period whether you have received a repayment schedule or not. If your first payment due date is nearing and you have not received a payment schedule, you must immediately contact your lender or servicer.
  • If you are unable to meet a schedule payment, you must contact your lender or servicer as soon as possible. The lender or servicer may be able to help if you seek assistance before you are late making a payment.
  • When you graduate, withdraw or drop to less than half-time enrollment, you must give your school your expected permanent address, the name and address of your expected employer and the address of your closest relative. Your school will forward this information to your guarantor, lender or loan servicer.

Maximum Annual Loan Limits

By Federal regulation, there are annual limits to the amount you can borrow in both subsidized and unsubsidized loan funds (see below). You may be awarded less than the annual limit if you are receiving other financial assistance that causes you to exceed your cost of attendance budget. Federal regulations also require proration of student loan funds for those who will be graduating in December of the aid year. In addition, associate degree seeking students may only borrow up to the sophomore grade level.

Grade Level

Credit Hours Earned

Base Loan Amount

Unsubsidized Eligibility

Additional Unsubsidized

Indep Students or Dep Students w/PLUS Denial


0 – 29 $3,500 $2,000 $4,000


30 – 59 $4,500 $2,000 $4,000


60 – 89 $5,500 $2,000 $5,000


90 + $5,500 $2,000 $5,000


NA $8,500 $12,000 NA

Aggregate Loan Limits

In addition to the annual limits, Federal regulations restrict borrowers to the following aggregate limits in both Subsidized and Unsubsidized loan funds. Note: No more than $23,000 ($65,500 for graduate student borrowers) may be subsidized loan funds.

Undergrad Dependent Student Borrowers Undergrad Independent Student Borrowers Graduate Level Student Borrowers
$31,000 $57,500 $138,500

150% Subsidized Loan Eligibility

As of July 1st, 2013, first-time borrowers may only receive federal Direct Subsidized loans for a maximum of 150% of the published length of the program in which they are currently enrolled. A first time borrower is defined as a individual who had no outstanding balance on a FFELP or Direct loan when borrowing a new Direct loan on or after July 1, 2013. Students who have exhausted eligibility may not receive additional subsidized loans. In addition, subsidized loans previously borrowed will lose further government subsidy – accruing interest will become the responsibility of the borrower. Additional Information and Examples

Subsidized Stafford Loans are awarded based on financial need as determined by your FAFSA results. You will not be required to pay interest while you are in school. The federal government “subsidizes” the interest during this period.

Subsidized Loan Calculation:

Cost of Attendance (COA)

– Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

– Estimated Financial Aid (EFA)

Subsidized Eligibility

Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are not based on need. You will be required to pay interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. You may elect to have the interest accumulate while in school, however, this will result in greater loan indebtedness.

Unsubsidized Loan Calculation:

Cost of Attendance (COA)

– Estimated Financial Aid (EFA)

-Subsidized Loan Eligibility

UnSubsidized Eligibility

Stafford loan interest rates are determined each year on July 1st. The 2017-18 interest rate for undergraduate student loans is 4.45% for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans. The interest rate for graduate student loans is 6.00%.

The U.S. Department of Education holds out an origination fee for every subsidized and unsubsidized loan. This fee helps offset the cost of funding these low interest loans. The origination fees for loans disbursed before October 1, 2017 is 1.069%. The origination fee for loans disbursed after October 1, 2017 is 1.066%.

Master Promissory Note (MPN) Requirement

You must complete a Federal Direct Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at before your loan funds will be disbursed. Once your Federal Direct Loan MPN is signed and processed, you should not be required to sign another MPN for subsequent loans for ten (10) years as long as you are not in default with prior or current Federal loans and do not file bankruptcy at any point.

Entrance Loan Counseling Requirement

If you are a first-time borrower at Missouri Western, you must complete Entrance Loan Counseling online at before you loan funds will be disbursed.

Enrollment Requirement

You must enroll in, and attend, a minimum of six (6) credit hours (excluding CED and audited courses) to remain eligible for Federal student loans. (Five credit hours for graduate students.)

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement

You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined in the University catalog to remain eligible for student loan funds. For more information see Satisfactory academic progress (SAP)

Exit Loan Counseling Requirement

If you graduate, withdraw, or drop below 6 credit hours, you are required to complete Exit Loan Counseling online at A hold will be placed on your academic records until this requirement has been satisfied.

Stafford loans may be reduced or cancelled at any time during the award year if aid received from ALL funding sources causes you to exceed your unmet need or cost of attendance budget as defined by federal regulations.

Treatment of Loan Funds if you Withdraw or Stop Attending Class.

If you withdraw or stop attending class, federal regulations require Missouri Western to return the portion of Title IV program assistance that you did not earn. Additional information regarding the return process in available on the Policies page under Treatment of Federal Aid When a Student Withdraws or Stops Attending.

Missouri Western will automatically package your Stafford Loan eligibility based on the information provided on your FAFSA and include this information on your award notification.

If you elect to accept Stafford Loan funds, the Financial Aid Office will calculate and certify your loan eligibility and submit a request for funds.

Your loan funds will be received by Missouri Western in two equal disbursements and will first be applied to your charges for tuition, fees, room, board, and other University expenses. Remaining funds will be released to you.

By Federal regulation, student loan funds MUST be used for educational related expenses.

Federal Regulations prohibit the disbursement of Federal Stafford Loan proceeds to freshman, first-time borrowers until 30 days after classes begin. Students should be prepared to cover expenses, such as books, until loan funds are released to the school.

Repayment Terms

Repayment begins six (6) months after you withdraw, graduate, or drop below six (6) credit hours. (Five credit hours for graduate students.)

Make Your Payments on Time

Your loan holder will provide information about repayment and will notify you of the date loan repayment begins. It is important that you make your full loan payment on time according to your repayment schedule. If you do not, you could end up in default, which has serious consequences.

Student loans are real loans—just as real as car loans or mortgages and must be repaid.

You have a choice of several repayment plans that are designed to meet the different needs of individual borrowers. The amount you pay and the length of time to repay your loans will vary depending on the repayment plan you choose. Additional information is available online at

If you experience difficulty repaying your student loans after you leave school, you may qualify for deferment, forbearance, or alternative repayment options. It is important that you remain in contact with your loan holder and keep your loans in good standing.

Your Personal Loan History

The U.S. Department of Education’s National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) provides information on your federal loans including loan types, up on NSLDS or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243; TTY 1-800-730-8913). To access NSLDS, go to, disbursed amounts, outstanding principal and interest, and the total amount of all your loans.

How much will my monthly payments be?

To estimate your monthly payment, please complete the Repayment Calculator online at

Federal Direct Loan Repayment Chart (Based on the Standard Repayment Plan)

Principal Amount Borrowed Current Interest Rate Number of Months in Repayment Monthly Payment Total Interest Cost Annual Salary Required to Handle These Payments
$5,000 4.45% 120 $50.05 $1,006.50 $7,508.00
$10,000 3.76% 120 $100.10 $2013.01 $15,016.00
$20,000 3.76% 120 $200.21 $4,026.02 $30,032.00
$30,000 3.76% 120 $300.32 $6,039.03 $45,048.00
$40,000 3.76% 120 $400.43 $8,052.04 $60,065.00
$50,000 3.76% 120 $500.54 $10,065.06 $75,081.00

The Federal PLUS Loan Program allows parents, with good credit histories, to borrow money to pay the educational expenses of dependent, undergraduate students enrolled at least half-time.

Interest Rate

The PLUS interest rate is 7.00% percent for loans borrowed after July 1, 2017 and prior to June 30, 2018.

Origination Fee

The origination fee for PLUS loans disbursed after October 1, 2016 is 4.276%.

Annual Limit

The annual limit on a PLUS loan is the student’s Cost of Attendance budget minus any other financial assistance received (including Stafford loan funds).

Cost of Attendance (COA)
-Estimated Financial Aid (EFA)
PLUS Loan Eligibility

To apply for a PLUS Loan:

NOTE: You, the parent, will need your Department of Education FSA ID to apply.

  • If your PLUS request is denied, your student may be eligible to borrow additional loan funds under the Federal Direct Stafford Student Loan tab.

Once processed, PLUS funds will be sent to Missouri Western in two equal disbursements to be applied to your student’s charges for tuition, fees, room and board, and other university expenses. Any remaining funds will be issued to you (the parent). Remaining funds must be used for educational expenses.


Repayment on the PLUS Loan begins on the date the loan is fully disbursed (there is no grace period).

If you are a parent borrower, you may contact your loan servicer to request a deferment while you or your child are enrolled at least half-time and for an additional six months after your child ceases to be enrolled at least half-time.

If your loan is deferred, interest will accrue on the loan during the deferment. You may choose to pay the accrued interest or allow the interest to capitalize when the deferment period ends. Your loan servicer will notify you when your first payment is due.

Missouri Western State University has discontinued participation in the Perkins Loan Program. As a result, all accounts have been assigned to the Department of Education.

What does this mean to me? All communication, payments, account status and granted provisions, set forth in your promissory note(s), have been transferred to the Department of Ed/ECSI Federal Perkins Servicer.

Managing Your Perkins Loan Online – Federal Perkins Student Loan Managing online site for account review, address changes, benefits, deferments qualification, forms plus other Perkins information.  Information you will need to provide to ECSI:

  • School Code for MWSU: 00249000
  • Your Social Security Number
  • PIN assigned to you by ECSI.  If you do not have this, contact ECSI at (866) 313-3797.

Service Cancellations

Upon making a properly documented written request to MWSU, you will be entitled to have up to 100 percent of the original principal loan amount canceled if you perform qualifying service in the following areas: Teaching, Early Intervention Services, Law Enforcement or Corrections Officer, Nurse or Medical Technician, Child or Family Service Agency or Head Start; or 50 percent of the principal amount of this loan canceled if you are a member of the Armed Forces of the United States in an area of hostilities that qualifies for special pay under section 310 of Title 36 of the United States Code; or 70 percent of the original principal loan amount canceled if you perform qualified services as a volunteer under the Peace Corps Act or Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973.


Contact the Department of ED/ECSI Federal Perkins Servicer at (866) 313-3797.