Federal Direct Loans (Student Loans)
Federal Direct loans are loans a student may receive to pay for educational expenses. A student must be enrolled in at least six credits per semester to qualify for a Direct loan.
There are two types of Direct loans:
Students who would like to be considered for a Direct loan will need to complete and submit a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). The MPN may be completed online at studentloans.gov. Students who are borrowing for the first time while at NCC are also required to complete online entrance counseling before a Direct loan can be granted. Additional information about Direct loans is available at studentloans.gov.
Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Parent Loans)
Federal Direct PLUS loans are loans offered to the parents of dependent undergraduate students to pay for student educational expenses. As with student loans, a student must be enrolled in at least six credits per semester for his/her parent to apply for a Direct PLUS loan. However, unlike a student loan, a Direct PLUS loan is approved based on the parent's credit worthiness.
If you are planning to apply for a Direct PLUS loan, please read Northampton Community College's Lending Code of Conduct.
Private Student Loans
A private student loan is an education loan from a bank and is usually an option of last resort for most students. You are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov and a Northampton Community College Financial Aid Information Form to apply for federal, state and institutional grant aid first.
The next step would be to apply for a student Federal Direct Loan. The application for a Federal Direct Loan is at www.studentloans.gov . To apply for subsidized and unsubsidized student loans, you will need to complete Student Loan Entrance Counseling as well as a Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). You will need your four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you used to electronically sign your FAFSA in order to complete the Federal Direct Loan application process.
If you are still unable to cover your educational expenses, then a private student loan may be a viable option for you.