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Student Loan Information

Student Financial Services

FAFSA Priority Deadline: March 1, 2024

Current & Incoming Students: Our priority date for completion of the FAFSA is March 1. Be sure to indicate Belmont's Title IV code 003479 on your application to ensure that our Office of Student Financial Services receives your application results.

Federal Direct Loans & Alternative Loans

Belmont students and their parents will have access to Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Parent and Grad PLUS loans under the Direct Loan Program. Direct Loans are low-interest loans for students and caregivers to help pay for the cost of a student's education after high school. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education rather than a bank or other financial institution.

In addition, alternative loans are private, credit-based loans. Students may apply for these loans and, if approved, may use the funds to offset educational expenses. They are designed to help supplement Federal loans for educational costs.

Learn more about:

Subsidized Loans
Subsidized loans are for undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by federal regulations. No interest will accrue while a student is in school at least half-time, during the grace period and during deferment periods. Repayment begins following a six-month grace period after you graduate, leave school or cease being enrolled as at least a half-time student.

Unsubsidized Loans
Unsubsidized loans are not based on financial need; interest is charged during all periods, even during the time a student is in school and during grace and deferment periods. Repayment begins following a six-month grace period after you graduate, leave school or cease being enrolled as at least a half-time student.

Parent PLUS Loans are credit-based loans for the parents of dependent students. Parents may apply for these loans and, if approved, may use the funds to help pay for education expenses up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance. Interest is charged during all periods.

Important Notes:
  • PLUS loan borrowers cannot have an adverse credit history (a credit check will be done).
  • Students must complete a FAFSA to receive a Direct Parent PLUS loan and must be enrolled at least half-time (6 hours for undergraduate students).

Graduate PLUS Loans are credit-based loans for graduate students. Graduate students may apply for these loans and, if approved, may use the funds to help pay for education expenses up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance. Interest is charged during all periods.

Important Notes:

  • PLUS loan borrowers cannot have an adverse credit history (a credit check will be done).
  • Students must complete a FAFSA to receive a Graduate Direct PLUS loan and must be enrolled at least half-time (3 hours for graduate students)

As a service to Belmont University students, a listing of lenders and loan options is presented in FASTChoice, an online comparison tool. This list was compiled based on lenders that have been used by Belmont University students within the past three years and is subject to change. We are not responsible for the content of the individual lender websites. Be assured that Belmont University does not receive an incentive (financial or otherwise) from any lender in exchange for displaying lenders and loan options.

You are free to select any lender you choose, including those not presented on this list. If you are interested in a lender not on this list, simply contact that lender directly or visit their website for more detailed information.

Institutional policy requires completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before a private loan will be certified by Belmont University. This ensures that the student, based on his/her eligibility, is first considered for better types of financial assistance (grants and/or lower interest loans).

Please keep in mind that the private loan will be divided equally among the terms the student is enrolled regardless of the requested loan period on the loan application. Dropping credits or withdrawing from school will change the cost of education. In the situation where the cost is reduced, the student may be billed for loan(s) already disbursed and he/she would subsequently be required to return part of or the entire loan amount immediately.

Please be aware that regulations require lenders to hold the first disbursement for at least six business days prior to the scheduled date.

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How to apply for Federal Direct Loans

As with all federal student aid, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The information on your FAFSA is transmitted to Belmont and the Office of Student Financial Services will use this information to determine your need for federal student aid, including Direct Loans. 

Once the Office of Student Financial Services has reviewed your FAFSA application for financial assistance, you will receive a financial aid notification. As part of your student aid package, you will be notified if you are awarded any Federal Direct Loans. 

Learn more about applying for federal student aid

Direct Loan Checklist

If you plan to borrow Direct Student loans, you must accept those loans through your MyBelmont account. 

  • Log into your MyBelmont account. You will create a MyBelmont once your enrollment deposit has been received.
  • Select the Banner Web Icon located in the upper left hand corner
  • Select the Student Services and Financial Aid tab
  • Select Financial Aid
  • Select Award
  • Select Award by Aid Year
  • From the drop down box, select the appropriate Aid Year.  Click the submit button.
  • Select the accept award offer tab.
  • From the drop down box located next to each Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan, select Accept or Decline. Click the submit button. 

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to accept your student loans each year you receive a financial aid offer.

You must complete entrance counseling before the first disbursement of you loan can be applied to their account. Entrance counseling helps you to understand your responsibilities as a loan borrower. Graduate students must complete Entrance Counseling as Graduate Students in order to receive loan funds. 

Please note:  All Student loan paperwork must be completed by the student borrower

  • To borrow a Direct Loan for the first time, you must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at https://studentaid.gov/mpn/ .To complete an MPN online, you will be required to use your (the student) FSA User ID. If you do not have a FSA User ID, you may request one through https://fsaid.ed.gov.
  • The MPN is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees. Go to https://studentaid.gov/mpn/ Choose MPN for Undergraduates, and then complete the Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan MPN.
  • If you wish to borrow less than the amount listed on your award letter, complete the Loan Change Form. You may access this form online at on the SFS Forms page under Loan Related Forms.
  • In most cases, once you've submitted the MPN and it’s been accepted, you won’t have to fill out a new MPN for future loans you receive. You'll receive a disclosure statement with specific information about any loan that will disburse under your MPN, including the loan amount, fees, and the expected disbursement dates and amounts.

Entrance Counseling

Students must complete entrance counseling before the first disbursement of your loan can be applied to your account. Entrance counseling helps you to understand your responsibilities as a loan borrower.

Belmont’s undergraduate grade levels are determined by the number of earned hours below:

Classification Earned Credit Hours
Freshman 0-29
Sophomore 30-63
Junior 64-93
Senior 94+

Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan Eligibility 

Table describing the loan limits for each academic level for subsidized and unsubsidized student loans
Dependent Student * Independent Student**
1st year undergraduate (Freshman) $5,500 maximum (up to $3,500 subsidized) $9,500 maximum (up to $3,500 subsidized)
2nd year undergraduate (Sophomore) $6,500 maximum (up to $4,500 subsidized) $10,500 maximum (up to $4,500 subsidized)
3rd & 4th year undergraduate (Junior & Senior) $7,500 maximum (up to $5,500 subsidized) $12,500 maximum (up to $5,500 subsidized)
Graduate/Professional/Law N/A (All graduate and professional students are considered independent) $20,500 (no subsidized eligibility)
Pharmacy N/A (All graduate and professional students are considered independent) $33,000 (no subsidized eligibility)

*As determined by the FAFSA Dependency Status Questions - except for those students whose parents are denied for a Parent PLUS loan

**As determined by the FAFSA Dependency Status Questions 0 These limits also apply to dependent students whose parents are denies for a Parent PLUS loan

 

  • To apply for a Parent PLUS loan, parent borrowers are required to use their FSA User IDs(not their student's FSA ID). If a parent does not have a FSA User ID, please visit https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch to create one.
  • To take out a Direct Loan, the parent borrower must complete both a PLUS Credit Application and Master Promissory Note (PLUS MPN).
  • Complete the Parent PLUS Loan Credit Application online at https://studentaid.gov/plus-app/parent/landing . As you (the parent borrower) complete the Credit application, please indicate the amount of PLUS loan funds you wish to borrow. If you choose the Maximum loan amount, we will process your loan for the full Cost of Attendance, most likely creating a refund.
  • Complete the Parent PLUS MPN online at https://studentaid.gov/mpn/ . PLUS MPN is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to the Department. It also explains the terms and conditions of your loan(s).

  • To apply for a Graduate PLUS loan, you will be required to use your FSA User ID. If you do not have a FSA User ID, please visit https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch.
  • To borrow a Graduate PLUS loan for the first time, you must complete both a PLUS Credit Application and Master Promissory Note (PLUS MPN).
  • Complete the Grad PLUS Loan Credit Application online at https://studentaid.gov/plus-app/grad/landing . As you (the student) complete the Credit application, please indicate the amount of PLUS loan funds you wish to borrow. If you choose the Maximum loan amount, we will process your loan for the full Cost of Attendance, most likely creating a refund.
  • Complete the Grad PLUS MPN online at https://studentaid.gov/mpn/ .Select the MPN for Graduate/Professional Students. The PLUS MPN is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to the Department. It also explains the terms and conditions of your loan(s).
  • If you wish to change your loan amount after you complete the loan application, please complete the Loan Reduction Form. You may access this form online at on the SFS Forms page under Loan Related Forms.

Entrance Counseling

You must complete entrance counseling as a graduate student before the first disbursement of your loan can be applied to your account. If you've borrowed Direct Loans as an undergraduate student, you will still need to complete Entrance Counseling as a graduate student before any graduate loans will disburse.

Entrance counseling helps you understand your responsibilities regarding your loan.

Loan Repayment Information

Once you decide to borrow student loans, you should familiarize yourself with the loan repayment process.

Frequently Asked Questions

All Direct Loans do have origination fees assessed by the Department of Education (DOE) at the time of disbursement.  The DOE will disburse to Belmont the net amount of your borrowed loan (the total minus the origination fee) each semester.  These fees change annually on October 1st.   Direct Loans have fixed interest rates, but the interest rates for any new loans change each year on July 1st.

Please visit https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/loans/interest-rates for more information on the current interest rates and origination fees.

Students and parents will be assigned a Direct Loan servicer soon after the first disbursement of a loan. The servicer will contact you via email or letter, and you can also view servicer information through https://studentaid.gov using FSA User ID Information.

Federal guidelines require schools to create a yearly Cost of Attendance that includes allocations for living expenses, personal expenses and transportation, as well as tuition, fees and books. Your total financial aid package cannot exceed this Cost of Attendance.

Parents and Graduate Students may borrow a PLUS loan up to the student’s Cost of Attendance minus any other financial aid resources-grants, scholarships, other loans, etc.

If you select the maximum amount during the credit application process, we will process your Parent or Graduate PLUS loan up to the full Cost of Attendance, likely creating a refund. 

If you chose Unknown Loan Amount during the credit application process, the borrower will need to contact our office to notify us of the amount to process. We encourage you to only borrow what you need.  

Please see the Loan Repayment section of our website for the Loan Repayment Estimator and other repayment information.

New MPNs and credit applications should be completed by July for the fall, November for the spring, and May for the summer.

You may borrow under the same MPN for up to 10 years in most cases. However, for Parent PLUS and Graduate PLUS loans, you must complete a Direct PLUS Loan Credit Application each year for a new pre-approval and credit check.  Each time an endorser is added to a Parent or Graduate PLUS loan, the borrower must complete a new MPN and PLUS Credit Counseling.

Please allow three to four weeks for loan processing.

Your FAFSA determines what type of financial aid you receive. Direct Loans, Pell Grants, Institutional Aid, and many other programs are dependent upon your level of financial need. Completing a FAFSA will allow you access to the broadest range of financial assistance.

Unless you have previously borrowed through the Federal Direct Loan program and have an active MPN on file with the Department of Education, you will need to complete a new MPN.  You will need to complete entrance counseling to receive loan funds at Belmont.