Federal Direct Student Loans
The Federal Direct Loan Program is financial assistance that enables students and parents to borrow money from the federal government in the form of Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Perkins, & PLUS loans. All students who wish to obtain a federal loan must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis (6 credit hours) and file a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.gov). All new borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note, as well as Entrance Counseling (www.studentloans.gov).
Additional information regarding general questions, deferment, repayment, forbearance, loan forgiveness, loan discharge, and loan cancellation are located here. All information regarding your loan will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). Authorized agencies, lenders, and institutions may access this data.
Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
Subsidized loans do not accrue interest while a student is enrolled on at least a half-time basis. A credit check is not required for approval of this loan. To receive the loan a student must demonstrate financial need and cannot be in default on any other type of federal loan. Financial need is determined by filing the FAFSA. If a student is eligible for a subsidized loan, it will be reflected on the award letter. Payments for this loan are deferred until 6 months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Unsubsidized loans accrue interest while a student is enrolled. To receive the loan a student does not need to demonstrate financial need and they cannot be in default on any other type of federal loan, but does need to file a FAFSA. A student may pay the interest while in school, or they may defer the payment by capitalizing the interest. This will however, increase the size and cost of the loan once a student goes into repayment. Payments for this loan are deferred until 6 months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time.
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
Parents may choose to apply for a PLUS loan for their dependent undergraduate student as a payment option. To receive the loan a student does not need to demonstrate financial need and the parent or student cannot be in default on any other type of federal loan, but does need to file a FAFSA. Repayment of this loan begins once the loan has been fully disbursed and is repaid over a ten year period. Parents may choose to defer monthly payments while a student is in school by choosing the deferment option when completing the credit check.
A credit check and separate application are required for approval of this loan. First-time borrowers must also complete a Parent PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN). The credit check and MPN can be completed at www.studentloans.gov. The separate application is located on our Forms page (Parent PLUS Loan Application). The Office of Financial Aid will receive the results of the credit check and MPN.
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
Graduate students may choose to apply for a PLUS loan as an additional payment option. To receive the loan a student does not need to demonstrate financial need and the student cannot be in default on any other type of federal loan, but does need to file a FAFSA. In addition, a credit check is required for approval of this loan. Repayment of this loan begins once the loan has been fully disbursed and is repaid over a ten year period. Students may choose to defer monthly payments while in school by choosing the deferment option when completing the credit check. New PLUS loan borrowers must complete a separate Master Promissory Note for this loan, as well as Entrance Counseling.
A credit check and separate application are required for approval of this loan. First-time borrowers must also complete a Graduate PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN). The credit check and MPN can be completed at www.studentloans.gov. The separate application is located on our Forms page (Graduate PLUS Loan Application). The Office of Financial Aid will receive the results of the credit check and MPN.
Federal Perkins Loan
The Federal Perkins Loan is a fixed interest rate loan subsidized by the Federal Government and administered through the College. To be eligible for the Perkins Loan you must have a valid FAFSA form on file with Saint Rose. The FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is used to determine eligibility. There is limited Federal funding and therefore, the Perkins Loan is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Additional information regarding the Perkins Loan program is located here. All information regarding your loan will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). Authorized agencies, lenders, and institutions may access this data.
Important Perkins Loan Information
- 5% fixed interest rate
- No origination fee
- Payments begin 9 months after graduation or if you become enrolled less than half-time
Perkins Loan Limits
Annual Maximum Loan:
Aggregate Maximum Loan:
Grade levels 1 & 2 $11,000
Grade levels 3 & 4 $27,500
Perkins Loan Requirements
If you are awarded a Federal Perkins Loan, you will be required to complete a Master Promissory Note, Online Entrance Counseling, and a Disclosure Statement.
Current or past Perkins Loan Borrowers
Please set up an account at My Campus Loan to view your account, pay your bill, print off deferment requests, and request tax information for your loans, etc.
The BORROWER SERVICES phone number is: 1-800-334-8609
Borrowing Limits, Time Limits, Interest Rates, & Fees
- $5,500 First-year 0-29 credits earned (maximum $3,500 may be subsidized)
- $6,500 Sophomore 30-59 credits earned (maximum $4,500 may be subsidized)
- $7,500 Junior/Senior 60+ credits earned (maximum $5,500 may be subsidized)
- $20, 500 Matriculated Graduate Students – unsubsidized only
- Cost of Attendance minus all financial aid for all PLUS loans
Aggregate Loan Limits:
- Dependent Undergraduate Students – $31,000 ($23,000 maximum subsidized)
- Independent Undergraduate Students – $ 57,500 ($23,000 maximum subsidized)
- Graduate Students – $138,500 ($65,500 maximum subsidized)
For loans disbursed after July 1, 2016
- 3.76% interest rate during six month grace period after you leave school and during repayment
- 1.069% origination fee deducted from each disbursement after October 1, 2015
As of July 1, 2013, any new federal subsidized loan borrower will have a limit on the length of time they are eligible for subsidized loans. New borrowers under the program may receive subsidized loans, in the aggregate, to 150 percent of the published length of the student’s current educational program. Once the student has reached that limit, s/he may borrow only unsubsidized loans, and interest begins to accrue on the student’s outstanding subsidized loan. For more information, please review this PDF. (Students who are not enrolled full-time will have their loan usage prorated based on their enrollment status.)
For loans disbursed after July 1, 2016
- 3.76% interest rate for Undergraduate students while enrolled at least half-time, during six month grace period after you leave school and during repayment
- 5.31% interest rate for Graduate students while enrolled at least half-time.
- 1.069% origination fee deducted from each disbursement
Direct PLUS Loan:
For loans disbursed after July 1, 2016
- 6.31% interest rate for PARENT PLUS LOANS while enrolled at least half-time, during six month grace period after student leaves school, and during repayment.
- 6.31% interest rate for GRADUATE PLUS LOANS while enrolled at least half-time, during six month grade period after student leaves school, and during repayment.
- 4.276% origination fee deducted from each disbursement for ALL PLUS Loans.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. The maximum Pell grant for the 2016-2017 award year is $5,815. The amount depends on your financial need, costs to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. This program uses the FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) to determine eligibility.
Determining your Pell Grant eligibility
If you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, you will receive the full amount you qualify for. To determine your Pell Grant eligibility, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) provides assistance to students with exceptional financial need. Consideration is first given to Pell Grant recipients. There is limited federal funding and therefore, FSEOG is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Awards average $1,000 per academic year at Saint Rose. The FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is used to determine eligibility.
The Federal TEACH Grant
The College of Saint Rose is a full participant in the Federal TEACH Grant Program. If you meet all the requirements and are willing to take on the responsibility necessary to receive the TEACH Grant, you will be awarded a TEACH Grant.
If you are interested in learning about the Federal TEACH Grant and its requirements, please read the following information from the United States Department of Education:
Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
To receive the TEACH Grant, you must:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Although you do not have to demonstrate financial need, the law requires that you file the FAFSA to receive the TEACH Grant.
- Complete the College of Saint Rose, TEACH Grant Application at the bottom of this page.
- Meet the general eligibility requirements for federal student aid as described at www.studentaid.ed.gov/funding.
- Be enrolled in a TEACH Grant eligible program (described below).
- Meet certain academic achievement requirements: Maintain a GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) in high school to receive a grant for your first term in college, or have maintained at least a 3.25 GPA as an undergraduate or graduate student for subsequent terms OR Score above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test.
- Complete the In-Person Counseling if you are receiving the Federal TEACH Grant for the first time at The College of Saint Rose. To schedule your In-Person Counseling, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (518) 458-5464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete TEACH Grant Online Counseling and sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve each academic year at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/launchTeach.action and respond to requests by the U.S. Department of Education confirming your initial/continuing intention to meet the teaching obligation.
- Continue to meet the eligibility requirements each semester.
What is a TEACH Grant eligible program?
A TEACH Grant eligible program is a program of study that is designed to prepare you to teach as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field and that leads to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Since The College of Saint Rose offers bachelor degrees in education, by law, our post-baccalaureate teaching certificate programs DO NOT qualify for TEACH Grants. A student must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program to receive a TEACH Grant.
In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to the following:
- You must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program for which you received the TEACH Grant.
- You must perform the teaching service as a highly qualified teacher in a low-income school or educational service agency.
- Your teaching service must be in a high-need field.
- You must provide the Department of Education with documentation of your progress toward completing your service obligation.
- IMPORTANT: If you do not meet the requirements of your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must repay this loan in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
What is a high-need field?
High-need fields are the specific areas identified below:
Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas that are listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.
To access the listing, please go to http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc.
*Please note: If you will be an elementary teacher, teaching a variety of subjects, you may not be able to fulfill the teaching requirements of the TEACH Grant Program.
Schools serving low-income students:
Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department Of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits. To access the Directory, please go to www.tcli.ed.gov and click on the “search” button.
For more information about the Federal TEACH Grant, please visit:
If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required teaching service, as explained above, you will be required to repay the grants as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
This information from the Department of Education’s Fact Sheet provides a preliminary summary of the TEACH Grant Program based on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007. The information is subject to change and is not binding.
All information regarding your grant will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). Authorized agencies, lenders, and institutions may access this data.
What is Federal Work Study?
The Federal Work Study program, FWS, is a campus based federally funded program that helps full-time, Undergraduate students earn financial funding through a part-time work program. These funds can be used to assist students with the costs of postsecondary education. The FWS program is called campus based because it is administered directly by the Office of Financial Aid. How much aid you receive in work study depends on your financial need, on the amount of other aid you have been awarded, and on the availability of funds at the College. Unlike other Federal programs, campus based programs provide a certain amount of funds for each participating school to administer each year. When the money for the FWS program is gone, no additional work study awards can be made for that year. FWS encourages community service and work related to your course of study.
For additional information including paperwork associated with the work study program, click here.
For information regarding repayment options for your loans and to calculate your estimated repayment amount, please visit the Repayment Estimator Calculator.
Perkins Loan Repayment Chart
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Loan Disclosure Statement
For more information regarding the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan and Direct Unsubsidized Loan program, please view the Loan Disclosure Statement (PDF).
All students who have received subsidized or unsubsidized loan(s) under the Direct Loan Program or the FFEL Program are required to complete an Exit Counseling Interview each time they graduate, stop attending, or drop below half-time status (6 credit hours).
The Exit session will provide information that will help manage your student loan repayments and will review the following:
- Lender and Servicer contact information.
- Loan repayment options.
- Deferment, forbearance, hardship, disability, discharge and forgiveness benefits.
- Loan default prevention tools.
- Repayment start dates.
- Tax credits and deductions for students in repayment.
- Repayment incentive programs.
Exit Counseling can be completed by visiting www.studentloans.gov.
To complete counseling at studentloans.gov:
- Log in to studentloans.gov using your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID.
- Select “Complete Counseling” found in the left navigation bar.
- Select “Exit Counseling” under “Choose Counseling Type.”
- Select the school(s) you want to notify of counseling and continue until completed.
Perkins Loan Exit Counseling
All students who have received a Perkins loan are required to complete an Exit Counseling Interview each time they graduate, stop attending, or drop below half-time status (6 credit hours).
Perkins Loan Exit Counseling can be completed by visiting www.mycampusloan.com. The counseling section will prompt you through the process until you have completed all the necessary requirements. If you are unable to access the Internet you can contact Campus Partners via phone at (800) 334-8609. Your acknowledgement of these rights and responsibilities is a requirement of the Federal Perkins Loan Program, so we earnestly request your cooperation.
New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition. Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can range from $500 – $5,000. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back. To apply for TAP funds, students must be New York state residents, be attending college full-time, and have a family taxable income (New York State) of less than $80,001. Income requirement is different for independent students. The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) administers this program. Income reported on the application is automatically compared with the records of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. If TAP appears on your award letter as a form of aid, you should consider it to be an estimate.
TAP Application Process
1. Students, who are New York State residents applying for TAP must file the FAFSA. To file your FAFSA application, please visit: www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please be sure to include our FAFSA school code: 002705.
2. New York State residents attending Saint Rose have the option to link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA at the end of your session. If you exited the FAFSA before selecting this option, you can complete the TAP application after New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) receives your FAFSA data (three days). HESC will send you an email or postcard notifying you to complete the TAP application online if you did not select the FAFSA link to TAP on the Web. To complete the TAP application online via the HESC website, please click here. Please be sure to include our TAP school code: 0140.
The College of Saint Rose provides an estimated TAP Award on the student’s award letter. However, New York State HESC is the agency that makes the final determination as to the amount of a student’s award. The College must then determine if a student meets certain eligibility standards before it can certify an award made by HESC. Please review the following TAP Fact Sheet for additional information.
Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) Program
The Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) program provides grant assistance for eligible part-time students enrolled in approved undergraduate studies.
Awards provide up to $2,000 per year for part-time undergraduate study in New York State. An APTS award cannot exceed tuition charges.
Eligibility for an APTS award is based on New York State net taxable income, Federal, State or local pension income and private pension and annuity income, if applicable, from the preceding calendar year.
-For students who were eligible to be claimed as tax dependents by their parents, family New York State NET taxable income may not exceed $50,550. Family income includes student AND parent income.
-For students who were not eligible to be claimed by their parents as tax dependents, their New York State NET taxable income (including spouse’s income) may not exceed $34,250. The spouse’s income must be included if they were married on or before December 31 of the previous calendar year.
-For students who were not eligible to be claimed by their parents but were eligible to claim tax dependents other than self and/or spouse, their New York State NET taxable income (including spouse’s income) may not exceed $50,550. The spouse’s income must be included if they were married on or before December 31 of the previous calendar year.
For this program, part-time study means being enrolled for at least 3 but fewer than 12 semester hours per semester.
To be considered for an APTS award, you must:
- Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Be a legal resident of New York State
- Have graduated from a high school in the United States, earned a GED, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department
- Be enrolled as a part-time student
- Be matriculated in an approved program of study
- Be in good academic standing
- Be charged at least $100 tuition per year
- Not have exhausted Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility
- Not be in default on any Federal or State student loan or on any repayment of state awards.
- Meet income eligibility limitations
How To Apply
To apply, students complete an APTS application and submit to The College of Saint Rose financial aid office. Since funds are limited, the student should complete the application and return it to the financial aid office as early as possible for processing. If you have any questions about the APTS program please contact us.
New York State Achievement and Investment in Merit Scholarship (NY-AIMS)
The New York State Achievement and Investment in Merit Scholarship (NY-AIMS) provides merit-based scholarships to New York State high school graduates who achieved academic excellence as a high school student, and enroll or plan to enroll in a public or private New York State college immediately after high school.
To be eligible, an applicant must:
•have resided in New York State (NYS) for 12 continuous months;
•be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
•graduate from a NYS high school in the class of 2015;
•enroll full time as a first time student in an eligible NYS college for the fall 2015 term; and
•have achieved at least two of the following during high school:
•have graduated with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or above;
•have graduated “with honors” on a New York State Regents diploma or received a score of 3 or higher on two or more Advanced Placement (or AP) examinations;
•have graduated within the top 15% of his or her high school class.
Recipients will receive annual awards of $500 for not more than four years of undergraduate study, or five years if the program of study normally requires five years. Awards will be disbursed directly to the college and may be used to support the recipient’s expenses while in college. Up to 5,000 awards will be granted to new recipients for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years. The number of awards to be made under this Program in future years is subject to available funding.
Note: Any award payment received may have tax implications. Any questions regarding this should be directed to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.
For the 2015-16 academic year, recipients will be selected and prioritized based on the unmet need as reflected on the financial aid award letter of the colleges they attend. Unmet need is defined as the cost of attendance less federal and state aid awarded, institutional aid, and the federal expected family contribution. Awards will be granted to those with the greatest unmet need, in descending order. In the event of a tie, recipients will be selected using a lottery method.
A recipient who subsequently fails to attend the college identified in establishing his or her eligibility or who transfers from the college identified in establishing his or her eligibility will be ineligible to receive future award payments.
How to Apply
To apply, complete and submit The New York State Achievement and Investment in Merit Scholarship (NY-AIMS) Application and upload, fax or mail the required documentation. The deadline for submitting the applications for the 2015-16 academic year is June 30, 2015.
For more information please visit the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation website.
Enhanced Tuition Award
At The College of Saint Rose, we are committed to affordability. That’s why we offer 98 percent of our students financial aid — awarding more than $37 million annually in scholarships and grants in recent years. It is also why we have opted to participate in a new program from New York State, the Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA). The tuition award, of up to $6,000, is available for qualifying undergraduate NYS resident students (who are selected by NYS Higher Education Services Corporation) enrolled in a private college in New York State.
Scholarship and Grants
Institutional Scholarships and Grants
The College of Saint Rose offers scholarships and grants designed to assist in payment of the tuition bill. Eligibility for these awards is based upon a variety of criteria, including but not limited to, academic merit, financial need, and athletic talent. Regardless of the type of institutional award, it may not exceed the cost of tuition when combined with other awards that are designated for tuition only. A case in point would be New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Thus, institutional scholarships or grants, in combination with TAP, may not exceed the cost of tuition.
Institutional financial aid is awarded for full-time study (at least twelve credits per semester) during the fall or spring semesters only. Institutional grants or scholarships may be awarded for study during the summer semester at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid. Generally, an otherwise eligible applicant may be granted institutional financial aid award(s) for full-time study during the summer semester if the summer semester is the final semester of study toward the degree. Similarly, if a student enrolls for a final semester of attendance and fewer than twelve credits are required for the degree, institutional financial aid eligibility may be awarded in an amount proportional to the percent of full-time tuition charged to the student. In any case, the student must submit a written appeal for extension of institutional financial aid eligibility for semesters of part-time study, or for full-time study during the summer semester, to the Director of Financial Aid.
Students who withdraw from the College or enroll for part-time study will become ineligible for institutional financial aid awards indefinitely. If a student must take a semester off or enroll for part-time study for one semester and he/she wishes to defer eligibility for an institutional financial aid award until a subsequent semester of full-time study, he/she must submit a written request for such a deferment to the Director of Financial Aid. Any such deferment of financial aid eligibility will be at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid and will be effective for one semester only.
If a student withdraws from some or all credits during a semester and is liable for less than 100% of tuition charges, institutional financial aid award(s) will be prorated. Accordingly, the proration of the award(s) will be proportional to the percent of tuition liability for that semester. All Federal student aid funds are subject to the Federal refund policies. Federal financial aid is earned as you attend classes each academic term. If you stop attending classes for any reason, your financial aid is prorated based on the number of days completed within the enrollment period. If a student has received more Federal aid than what was earned prior to the withdrawal date, The College must return the excess aid to the Federal Government. The student would then be responsible for any resultant account balance.
General Scholarship Guidelines
The College of Saint Rose Scholarships
The College annually awards renewable merit-based scholarships to full-time freshman applicants who have demonstrated superior achievement in academics (through high school average, SAT/ACT scores, and class rank), art, music, and/or athletics. No separate application is necessary; students who have been accepted for admission as first-time freshmen by February 1 will automatically be considered for these scholarships. All recipients should submit the FAFSA if other aid is desired.
Full-time transfer applicants with superior academic records will be automatically considered for renewable Transfer Scholarships. All recipients should submit the FAFSA if other aid is desired.
Art and Music Scholarships (Special Talent Scholarships)
These awards recognize extraordinary artistic or musical ability of full-time freshmen and transfer applicants as demonstrated through an art portfolio or performance of a music audition, which must be completed by February 1. Academic requirements and other details are available from the Admissions Office. The student must be accepted to the College by February 1. All recipients should submit the FAFSA if other aid is desired.
Athletic Scholarships (Athletic Service Awards)
The College of Saint Rose participates in NCAA Division II athletic competition. In accordance with NCAA regulations, the College offers athletic scholarship funding to talented student athletes for intercollegiate teams. The total amount of an Athletic Service Award (ASA) will vary depending upon ability and availability of positions on team rosters.
The College of Saint Rose Athletic department makes recommendations of ASA amounts to the Financial Aid Office. Official ASA notification is generated from the Financial Aid Office. Students interested in being considered for ASA funding should contact the Athletic department or the coach for the sport of interest.
Second Chance Scholarship
The Second Chance Scholarship is awarded to full-time returning adult students from two-year colleges with priority given to Hudson Valley Community College transfer students. This is a two-year scholarship, which varies according to need and academic achievement. Application for admission, an ISIR from having filed the FAFSA, and the completed Second Chance Scholarship Application must be received by June 1 (for fall) or November 1 (for spring), prior to the semester of beginning attendance at The College of Saint Rose.
The College also offers other scholarship opportunities. A student must apply for admission to the College prior to February 1 in order to be selected for these endowed scholarships. No separate application is necessary, as the College will match an applicant’s qualifications to those of the scholarship. Because of funding and awarding variables, not all scholarships are available each year.