UC Berkeley participates in the William D. Ford Federal Loan Program, which allows students enrolled at least half-time (6 units) to borrow money directly from the federal government at a fixed interest rate. The loans accrue simple interest while in school and repayment begins six months after graduation or dropping below half-time. Interest capitalizes upon entering repayment. The standard repayment length is 10 years. We offer Loan Repayment workshops in your final term to provide additional tips and strategies.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans are non-need based loans. The limit for your program is $20,500. All students who meet general eligibility requirements may qualify for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans.
- Rate: 6.21% fixed interest rate (Rates for loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2015 will be 5.84%)
- Fees: 1.073% fee taken at disbursement
Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans are non-need based loans. Grad PLUS Loans require a credit check. To be eligible for a Grad PLUS loan you must meet the other general eligibility requirements for the Federal Student Aid Programs, and must not have an adverse credit history (i.e. no more than 90 days late on any debt, no bankruptcies or tax liens within the past 5 years, and no defaults or adverse actions on any prior education debt). Students can borrow a Grad PLUS Loan up to the remaining total cost of education each year, minus any other expected financial aid.
- Rate: 7.21% fixed interest rate (Rates for loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2015 will be 6.84%)
- Fees: 4.292% fee taken at disbursement
Available loan amounts. Below is a chart summarizing the available borrowing capacity each term. This is the amount you can expect to be offered to you each term.
|Federal Borrowing||Summer 2015||Fall 2015||Spring 2016||Summer 2016||Fall 2016||Total|
|Federal Direct Loan||$4,100||$4,100||$4,100||$4,100||$4,100||$20,500|
|Federal Grad PLUS||$31,458||$31,458||$31,458||$31,458||$31,458||$157,290|
|Total Federal Option||$35,558||$35,558||$35,558||$35,558||$35,558||$177,790|
How to Apply
First, obtain a Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PIN) to file your FAFSA. This PIN is also used to sign your Master Promissory Notes and access your loan accounts online. Visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information. To request federal loans, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the FAFSA for the upcoming standard academic year (for the class entering May 2015, you would complete the 2015-16 FAFSA.)
|Application Process for Federal Loans|
Federal Loan Eligibility
General Eligibility Requirements:
In order to be eligible for any of the federal loan programs, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident or eligible non-citizen
- You must have a valid Social Security Number
- You must be enrolled at least half-time for the semester (6 units)
- You must not be in default on a federal educational loan and not owe a refund on a federal grant
- You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
- If male, you must be registered with the Selective Service or obtain a waiver from the Selective Service Office
A note about Satisfactory Academic Progress
To maintain eligibility for Federal Loans, you must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). All MBA students are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 for continued participation in the program and graduation. If your GPA falls below the minimum, you will be placed on academic probation and may become ineligible for the undisbursed portion of any federal loan.