Students and their families may qualify for different loan options to help manage costs and allow repayments over time. Federal loans are borrowed and must be repaid, generally, after you are no longer in school, have dropped below half-time, or have graduated. Interest rates are usually lower than commercial loans.

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled at least half-time in a qualified program at a participating school, not in default on a prior student loan, and not convicted of a drug offense while receiving prior federal financial aid. Total aid, including student loans, cannot exceed the school’s total cost of attendance (tuition and fees, room and board, transportation, personal and miscellaneous expenses).

To file your FAFSA, please visit studentaid.gov.

Undergraduate Stafford Loans

Eligibility:

FAFSA required, no credit check and cannot be in default on any previous Stafford Loans. Subsidized loans require financial need; unsubsidized loans are available regardless of need.

Blackburn College Loan Philosophy:

Blackburn College offers eligible students direct Direct Loan amounts up to the total of their direct costs (minus any other financial aid), not to exceed the federal annual loan limits. Students may be eligible for additional loan amounts up to the annual Cost of Attendance, but must submit a request to the Financial Aid Office, financialaid@blackburn.edu, to determine any additional loan eligibility.

 Annual Loan Limits:

  • Dependent students: $5,500 as freshmen (including up to $3,500 subsidized); $6,500 as sophomores (including up to $4,500 subsidized); $7,500 as juniors and seniors (including up to $5,500 subsidized).
  • Independent students: $9,500 as freshmen (including up to $3,500 subsidized); $10,500 as sophomores (including up to $4,500 subsidized); $12,500 as juniors and seniors (including up to $5,500 subsidized).

Aggregate Loan Limits:

  • Dependent students: $31,000.
  • Independent students (undergraduate): $57,500.

Interest Rates for loans disbursed after July 1, 2021 thru June 30, 2022:
3.73% on Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford loans. On subsidized loans, you’re not usually charged interest while you are enrolled at least half time (6 credits or more) and in some deferment periods. For Unsubsidized Stafford loans, you are responsible for paying the interest during all periods.

Origination Fees: 1.057%

Parent PLUS or Graduate PLUS Loans

Eligibility:

FAFSA required, available regardless of the need to parents of dependent students (Parent PLUS). Credit check must show no delinquencies in the previous 90 days (some exceptions for extenuating circumstances) and no bankruptcy in the previous five years. The credit requirement can be met by a credit-approved endorser.

Blackburn College Loan Philosophy:

Blackburn College offers eligible students/parents Direct PLUS Loan amounts up to the total of the student’s direct costs (minus any other financial aid). Students/Parents may be eligible for additional loan amounts up to the student’s annual Cost of Attendance, but must submit a request to the Financial Aid Office, financialaid@blackburn.edu, to determine any additional loan eligibility. 

Interest Rate for Parent PLUS loans disbursed after July 1, 2021 thru June 30, 2022:
6.28% in the Direct Loan Program

Origination Fees: 4.228%