William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
(Cerritos College does not participate in Direct PLUS Loans or Alternative/Private Loans)
Cerritos College offers Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Students applying for a loan no longer need to select a lender. The U.S. Department of Education will be the lender.
Application will be reviewed and processed within 30 days. If your loan is denied you will receive a letter from the Financial Aid Office explaining the reason(s) for loan denial.
Students need to be actively enrolled in at least 6 units (half time) and meet all eligibility requirements to be considered for a loan(s).
Note: First-year, first-time undergraduate borrowers may be required to wait 30 days before receiving their first student loan disbursement.
2019-2020 Direct Loan Deadlines
|Terms||Last Day to submit MPN/LEC*||Last day to accept/decline loans|
|Fall Only||November 14, 2019||November 22, 2019|
|Fall/Spring||April 30, 2020||May 08, 2020|
|Spring Only||April 30, 2020||May 08, 2020|
|Summer Only||June 03, 2020||June 11, 2020|
*Master Promissory Note
2019-2020 Direct Loan Application is available July 1, 2019
If you are interested in applying for a Direct Loan, please read and carefully follow the steps below:
Complete a Direct Loan Entrance Counseling (new borrowers only)
- The Loan Agreement for a Subsidized/Unsubsidized Master Promissory Note (MPN) is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to the U.S. Department of Education. It also explains the terms and conditions of your student loan(s).
- Students must meet SAP standards to be eligible for disbursement.
- Loan disbursement cannot be processed unless you are officially enrolled in at least 6 eligible financial aid units and classes have begun.
- New loan borrowers must wait 30 days before they can receive their disbursement.
Complete a Direct Loan Exit Counseling
- All students expecting to graduate or enroll in less than half-time (6 units) are required to complete an Exit Counseling.
- Completing the Loan Exit Counseling requirement is only one step in keeping your loan in good standing. Remember that student loan indebtedness is reported to credit agencies. Until your loan is paid in full, you should continue to communicate with your loan servicer regarding any changes in your address, school enrollment status, or questions about repayment options.
Manage Your Loan account: Setup your repayment Plan
Choose the right repayment option for you. It is important to setup and manage your
account with your loan servicer.
Repayment Estimator: When it comes time to start repaying your student loan(s), you can select a repayment plan that’s right for your financial situation.
Know What You Owe: The National Student Loan Data System has information about your federal student loans.
Create an account with your loan servicer:
Make online payments, view your account balances and payment history, change your billing options, enroll in electronic services and much more.
Not sure who your loan servicer is? Check online at www.studentloans.gov
- FedLoan Servicing (PHEAA)
- Granite State – GSMR
- Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc.
- OSLA Servicing
Deferment and Forbearance Options
Having trouble paying your loan? Can't afford your loan payment?
Notify your loan servicer if your unable to make your loan payment. You have options, the federal student loan program understands that things happen and don't always go according to plan you may qualify for a deferment or forbearance which temporarily stops or reduces your loan payment. Not paying your student loan can affect your credit so it is important to keep your loan servicer up to date. Avoidance is not the answer.
- In-School Deferment: Must be enrolled in at least 6 units
Cerritos College participates in the National Student ClearingHouse program and Admissions and Records will submit your current enrollment at the end of every month to the ClearingHouse. You can also obtain an enrollment certificate through your mycerritos account.
- Am I eligible for deferment?
- Am I eligible for forbearance?
Contact your Loan Servicer Today!
FedLoan Servicing (PHEAA)
Granite State – GSMR
Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc.
Learn more about the different options you have deferment and forbearance options at www.studentaid.ed.gov
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