Direct Loans are available for you to borrow to offset your tuition and assist you with any educational related expenses. The loans are made through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program and are administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Below are Direct Loan Programs that are offered at Santa Ana College:
Direct Subsidized Loan
The amount awarded is based on your financial need. Interest is charged during the life of the loan, including the time you are in school less than half-time, during the grace period, and during eligible periods of deferment. The only exception that the interest is waived is while you are enrolled in college on at least half-time basis (6 units). To be eligible for Subsidized Loan, you must be enrolling in 6 approved units.
Effective as of July 1, 2013, all first-time borrowers can only borrow Direct Subsidized Loan up to150%of the length of the borrower's published educational program. A first-time borrower is defined as someone who did not have an outstanding balance on a Direct Loan or on an FFEL Program Loan on July 1, 2013.
Direct Subsidized Loan Time Limitation for more info.
Direct Unsubsidized Loan
This loan is not based on your financial need. Dependent students are eligible to borrow up to $2,000 of an unsubsidized loan. However, if you are a dependent student and you are not eligible for a subsidized loan, you may borrow up to $5,500 of an unsubsidized loan. Interest is charged during the life of the loan, including the time you are in school, during the grace period, and during eligible periods of deferment. To be eligible for Unsubsidized Loan, you must be enrolling in 6 approved units.
DIRECT LOAN LIMITS
|Direct Subsidized||Up to $3,500||Up to $4,500|
|Direct Unsubsidized||Up to $6,000||Up to $6,000|
To apply for Federal Direct Student Loan, you must complete and satisfy the following in the order listed below:
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Must have Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).See
SAP Policy for details.
Must be enrolled in at least 6 approved units per semester.
Submit all forms and documents requested by our office.
If you have unsatisfactory academic progress, then you must submit an appeal and get an approval from the Appeal Committee.
Complete a Student Loan Entrance Counseling online at
Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) if you are a first-time borrower. Returning borrower does not need to complete another MPN if your previous MPN is still good - log on
www.studentloans.gov to check.
Complete and submit a Direct Loan Request to our office.
All student loan borrowers must complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and the Student Loan Entrance Counseling online at
www.studentloans.gov before submitting the loan request form to our office for processing. The deadline to submit a loan request form and all required documents for loan processing for Fall 2019 is 11/22/2019, and for Spring 2020 is 5/22/2020. If you have turned in a loan request but have not turned in all required documents for loan processing by the deadlines, we will assume that you have changed your mind and your Direct Loan Request will be canceled.
All loan updates will be posted on
Web Advisor. You must log on your Web Advisor to accept or decline your student loan offer. By accepting your student loan, you agree to allow Santa Ana College to pay any outstanding charges owed to Rancho Santiago Community college District from the loan funds and the remainder will be issued to you. There are two disbursements per semester, to see disbursement dates please click here for Disbursement Schedule.
Student Loan Exit Counseling is also required and must be completed after your last loan disbursement and/or before the academic year ends. Exit Counseling can be done online at