U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are eligible for federal loans. They also have the option to apply for private loans.
Domestic Students – Federal and Private Loans
Federal LoansThe U.S. Department of Education offers both federal unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loans.
Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be reviewed for a federal unsubsidized or Graduate Plus loan. Applicants are encouraged to submit their FAFSA as early as possible and should submit it no later than May of the calendar year they intend to start school. The FAFSA data determine your eligibility for the following:
Students are eligible for $20,500 (or $10,250 per semester) in unsubsidized federal loans. The interest rate (Effective for loans disbursed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017): 5.31% fixed. A fee of 1.068% is applied at disbursement.
Graduate PLUS Loans
In order to supplement the federal unsubsidized loans, domestic students are also eligible for the U.S. Government’s Graduate PLUS loan to help cover the full cost of attendance. The interest rate (Effective for loans disbursed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017): 6.31% fixed. A fee of 4.272% is applied at disbursement.
More information on federal loan programs can be found on the Stern Graduate Financial Aid website.