Student Loans

Because grants and scholarships are limited, many students must rely on loans to cover at least some portion of college costs. Graduate students, as well as Degree Completion students, may borrow money for education. In fact, approximately 80% of LBC’s aid recipients borrow educational loans.

The following steps represent borrowing options, beginning with the best value and proceeding to other, less favorable loan options based on interest rates, loan terms and conditions, and repayment options. These loan options may be used alone or in combination with each other.

LBC is committed to providing students and their families with the best information regarding student borrowing.  For that reason, we have adopted a Student Lending Code of Conduct.

Federal Direct Loans

A federal loan program which is available to all students.

Federal direct loans are available to eligible students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This federal student aid is made available through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program to help pay for educational expenses. The financial aid office awards a Direct Subsidized or Direct Unsubsidized Loan, or a combination of both loans, based on financial need.

The information you report on your FAFSA is used to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is a calculated formula established by law. Your EFC is not equal to the amount you and your family must pay, but rather an index that allows colleges to determine financial need. To determine your financial need, your EFC is subtracted from your cost of attendance.

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Loan Types

  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan. A federal direct subsidized loan is awarded based on your demonstrated financial need. The federal government pays interest on a subsidized loan, while you are enrolled in school at least half-time and during grace and other deferment periods. The interest rate for federal direct subsidized loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 until June 30, 2014 is fixed at 6.8%. Note: Graduate students are not eligible for subsidized loans. 
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans. A federal direct unsubsidized loan is not based on your financial need. The interest rate for unsubsidized loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 is fixed at 6.8%. You are not required to pay the interest on this loan while in school, but we recommend that you do. You will be charged interest starting at disbursement until it is paid in full. If the interest accumulates, it will be added to the principal amount of the loan and increase the amount to be repaid.
  • Additional loans and grants may be available to you. We recommend visiting the following sites:

Loan Limits

Annual Subsidized Limits

  • First year undergraduates = $3,500
  • 2nd year undergraduates = $4,500
  • Remaining undergraduate years = $5,500
  • Preparatory course work needed to enroll in graduate program if student has a baccalaureate = $5,500
  • Teacher Certification if student has a baccalaureate = $5,500
Note: Graduate students no longer eligible for Subsidized Loans for loan periods beginning on or after July 1, 2012.


Annual Unsubsidized Limits

  • Dependent undergraduates whose parents can borrow PLUS = $2,000
  • 1st and 2nd year undergraduate dependent students whose parents cannot borrow PLUS and independent students = $6,000
  • Remaining undergraduate years for dependent students whose parents cannot borrow PLUS and independent students = $7,000
  • Preparatory coursework needed to enroll in graduate program if student has baccalaureate = $7,000
  • Teacher Certification if student has a baccalaureate = $7,000
  • Graduate students = $20,500 or up to cost of attendance if less thatn $20,500

Aggregate Limits

  • Undergraduate dependent students = $31,000 (up to $23,000 may be subsidized)
  • Undergraduate independent students and dependent students whose parents cannot borrow PLUS = $57,500 (up to $23,000 may be subsidized)
  • Graduate students = $138,500 (up to $65,500 may be subsidized)

Application Process

  1. To apply for a federal direct loan, you must complete the FAFSA each year. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in a degree program for at least six (6) credits per semester and maintain LBC’s satisfactory academic progress standards.
  2. E-sign your Federal Direct (subsidized or unsubsidized) Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). If you are a first-time borrower of the federal direct loan, you will be required to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) before the loan funds can disburse. In most cases, you will only need to complete one MPN during your college career.

    E-sign your federal direct loan MPN at www.studentloans.gov using your Federal Student Aid PIN.
    • Select Sign-In.
    • After you sign in, choose Complete MPN.
    • Select Subsidized/Unsubsidized.
    • Follow the four-step process listed on the www.studentloans.gov website to sign your MPN.
  3. If you are a first-time borrower of the federal direct loan, you are also required to complete loan entrance counseling before the loan funds can disburse. Complete this required counseling session by selecting Entrance Loan Counseling on the www.studentloans.gov website. This counseling session provides you with information that will help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a loan borrower, as well as other tools to assist you with managing your loans.

    Note: This requirement is separate from e-signing the loan MPN.*

Fees

An origination fee of 1.051% will be deducted from the gross amount of loan borrowed, so you need to take that into consideration when determining the amount you need to borrow. 

Receiving Funds

It is important to know that loan funds will automatically credit to your student account if the Direct Loan Processor has a valid MPN on file for you, and you have completed loan entrance counseling. After you have completed your registration and semester classes begin, your student financial aid will begin to disburse into your student account.

Reduce or Decline Loan

If you wish to reduce or cancel your loan(s), please login to mycommunity, and click on Financial Aid Awards.