Loans

Anoka Technical College offers a variety of loan options.

 In order to qualify for federal loans, students must be enrolled at least half-time (six credits or more) when their aid is disbursed. Students who plan to attend summer session MAY also be eligible for grants, loans or work-study.

The Department of Education limits the amount of federal loans students may borrow each year and over their lifetimes. Three types of federal loans are available to students or their parents. Each has different interest rates and repayment terms.

  • Direct Loans (Subsidized or Unsubsidized)
  • Direct PLUS Loans (Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students)
  • Private Loans

Please remember:

  • Students have the ability to refuse all or accept only a portion of the loan funds available to them. If you wish to cancel all or a portion of your loan funds, you must provide a written request to the financial aid office. For questions on what is required to cancel your loan, contact the financial aid office by phone (763-433-1500) or email (finaid@anokatech.edu).
  • All loans must be repaid. Make sure you understand when repayment of principal and/or interest is expected. Payments to some loans may begin earlier than others. 
  • Make sure you understand all of your rights and responsibilities under the loan program(s) you choose and contact the lender with any questions you may have.
  • If you are using a co-signer to acquire a loan make sure they understand their obligations.
  • If you are given the option of either paying or accruing the interest while you are in school, it is recommended that you pay the interest now rather than adding it to your loan debt.
  • Borrow wisely! Do not borrow more than what is needed to achieve your educational goals. There are limits to what you can borrow as an undergraduate student regardless of if you are attending a two year or four year institution.
  • If you receive a Federal Direct Loan, the information is sent to your loan servicer. If you have questions about your loans when you enter repayment, we encourage you to contact your servicer. To find information about your servicer, visit Student Aid website, studentaid.ed.gov. You are responsible for repaying student loans that you receive at Anoka Technical College. Other state agencies, federal agencies, colleges, and credit companies will have access to information about the loans you agree to repay. It is in your best interest to have regular communication with your loan servicer as failure to repay can have negative consequences.


Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans

In order to qualify for federal loans, students must be enrolled at least half-time (six credits or more) when their aid is disbursed. Students who plan to attend summer session may also be eligible for grants, loans or work-study.

The Department of Education limits the amount of federal loans students may borrow each year and over their lifetime. Three types of federal loans are available to students or their parents. Each has different interest rates and repayment terms.

  • Direct Loans (Subsidized or Unsubsidized)
  • PLUS Loans (Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students)
  • Private Loans

Loan entrance counseling and the Master Promissory Note, which are both required prior to disbursement of your first federal loan, can be completed at https://studentloans.gov.

  • Direct Loans: Offered by the federal government or a third-party lender, Stafford Loans can be subsidized or unsubsidized.

    • Subsidized loans The Department of Education pays the interest:
      • While you are enrolled at least half time
      • First six months after you leave school (grace period)
      • During a period of deferment
    • Unsubsidized loans You are responsible for paying interest on this loan during all periods. Students may choose to pay interest while attending school so that it doesn’t increase the principal balance.

    Interest rate
    The interest rate for undergraduate students whose subsidized or unsubsidized Direct Loan is disbursed on or after July 1, 2019 through July 1, 2020 is fixed at 4.53%. Any loan with a first disbursement date on or after Oct. 1, 2019 and before Oct. 1, 2020 has a loan fee of 1.059%.

     

  • Six-credit minimum
    In order to be eligible to receive a loan, you must also be enrolled in at least six credits each semester. In addition, each of the loan programs listed above, have a six-month grace period before you are required to begin repayment on a loan (for example if a student drops below six credits (half-time) due to withdrawing from one or more courses). If you withdraw and are enrolled in less than six credits, your grace period will begin.

    • Circumstances that may change your grace period include the following:
      Active duty military—If you are called to active military duty for more than 30 days before the end of your grace period, you will receive the full six-month grace period when you return from active duty.
    • Returning to school before the end of your loan’s grace period—If you re-enroll in school at least half-time before the end of your grace period, you will receive the full six-month grace period when you stop attending school or drop below half-time enrollment (other conditions apply).
    • Loan consolidation—If you consolidate your loans during your grace period, you will give up the remainder of your grace period and begin repayment after your Direct Consolidation Loan is disbursed (paid out). Your first bill will be due approximately two months after the Direct Consolidation Loan is disbursed.

Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

  • Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) are for parents whose children are enrolled at an approved educational institution at least half-time (six credits).

    • The maximum loan amount is based on the student’s other financial aid and the cost of attendance.
    • Interest accrues and payments are required from the time the loan is made until it is paid off.
    • You must not have an adverse credit history

    The interest rate for parents whose PLUS Loan is disbursed on or after July 1, 2019 and before July 1, 2020 is fixed at 7.08%.

    Any loan with a first disbursement date on or after Oct. 1, 2019 and before Oct. 1, 2020 has a loan fee of 4.236%.

Private Education Loan Options

  • Before applying for a private loan, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine if they are eligible for federal financial aid.

  • Eligibility for private loans is based on the eligibility of a borrower and/or co-signer. Private loans may have higher interest rates than federal loans and should only be considered as a borrowing option after all federal loan eligibility has been exhausted.

  • Students have the ability to refuse all loan funds or accept only a portion of the loan funds made available to them. If you wish to cancel or refuse all or a portion of your loan, please contact the financial aid office directly by phone (763-433-1500) or email (finaid@anokatech.edu).

  • Selecting a private lender is the responsibility of the student. Anoka Tech makes the private loan search tool FASTChoice available to students to compare loan options for a number of lenders so that they can choose the loan that fits their needs. Anoka Technical College does not endorse any one lender; a student may choose any private loan lender they would like. The lenders listed on the FASTChoice website are lenders who have most commonly provided private loans to Anoka Tech students over the past three years.

    Under the Truth in Lending Act rules, private education loans are subject to self-certification, three consumer disclosures at specific times in the application process, and at least a three day delay in disbursement. Due to the number of steps involved in the private loan application process, applicants should allow a minimum of three (3) weeks for processing.

    This information is intended to be accurate, but the publisher does not assume liability for errors or omissions.

 

Contact

Financial Aid
763-576-7730