What Loans Am I Eligible For? TUís Financial Aid Office Is Here To Help!
Many of our incoming students ask about student loan opportunities. On this page, youíll find a variety of options for which you might be eligible. The Financial Aid Office can help you every step of the way to find real resources to make your TU education possible.
The facts about financing your education:
Few students can afford to pay for college without some form of education financing.
Grants, scholarships, work-study, and other forms of gift aid may not cover the full cost of tuition, fees, and room and board. Many students find that they must supplement their savings with government and private loans.
First, what is a student loan?
A student loan is a form of financial aid that must be repaid (self-help aid), with interest (Scholarships and grants do not have to be repaid).
Your primary loan options include:
Federal Direct Loans
Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
Graduate PLUS Loans (if applicable)
Private Alternative Loans
Federal Direct Loans - The student is the borrower of this loan. It is awarded by the financial aid office based on the results of the FAFSA. The loan can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans are awarded based on financial need. Subsidized loans have their interest paid by the federal government while the student is in school. The interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans is 3.4%. Unsubsidized Stafford loans accrue interest to the student from the time the loan is disbursed to the students account. The interest rate on unsubsidized loans is 6.8%. In both cases, payments can be deferred for as long as the student is enrolled at least half-time (6 credits as an undergraduate). These loans are available both for undergraduate and graduate education.
Important Note about Federal Direct Loans:
All first-time students at Tiffin University borrowing from the Federal Direct Loan Program must complete an online Entrance Counseling session and a Master Promissory Note.
Current students who will be graduating, withdrawing, or dropping below half-time enrollment status must complete an online Exit Counseling session.
For more information about Entrance Counseling, a Master Promissory Note, and Exit Counseling Click Here
Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) - The parent of the dependent undergraduate student is the borrower of this loan. The loan can be made available after the student has completed the FAFSA and has been awarded other forms of financial aid. The parent may borrow up to the cost of education, minus other forms of aid, for each academic year. Interest accrues from the time the loan is disbursed, but parents may elect to have their payments deferred while you are in school. The interest rate for PLUS loans is 7.9%. To apply for the Parent Plus loan please go to: www.studentloans.gov
Graduate PLUS Loan -
Graduate and professional degree students are eligible to borrow under the PLUS Loan Program up to their cost of attendance minus other estimated financial assistance. The terms and conditions applicable to Parent PLUS Loans also apply to Graduate/Professional PLUS loans. These requirements include a determination that the applicant does not have an adverse credit history, repayment beginning on the date of the last disbursement of the loan, and a fixed interest rate of 7.9 percent. Applicants are required to complete the FAFSA. They also must have applied for their annual loan maximum eligibility under the Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program before applying for a Graduate/Professional PLUS loan. To apply for the Graduate PLUS loan please go to: www.studentloans.gov
Private Alternative Loans Ė Alternative loans are credit based loans in the studentís name (with possible co-borrower). Most of these loans offer deferment of repayment until six months after graduation or until six months after falling below half-time status as a student. When considering this option please compare repayment options, interest rates and the origination fees of each loan. Students can choose to borrow from any lender that they prefer, students do not have to choose from the lenders below. Tiffin University has chosen these preferred lenders below because they have great customer service and a great reputation with working with students.
Preferred Lender List for Private Alternative Loans:
- Charter One
- CU Student Loans
- Discover Student Loans
- Educational First Credit Union
- Fifth Third Bank
- PNC Bank
- Sallie Mae
- Sun Trust Bank
- Union Federal
Please visit these lendersí websites to compare the lenders and their disclosure terms and conditions to determine which one fits your needs. You can also apply and review these terms and conditions on our website through FastChoice.
Another option for you and your family to compare lenders is by using the Ohio Private Loan Marketplace to instantly and accurately compare rates and terms from multiple private loan lenders side-by-side. This will help you make an informed decision about the most appropriate loan for you.
Once approved, the financial aid office is notified of the approval and the amount. Most of these funds will be received by the school electronically.
* If you will be attending TU in both the fall and spring semesters, please apply for a loan in the amount you would like for the entire academic year (we will split that amount evenly between fall and spring semesters). Please remember to accept your Federal Stafford Loans before you decide on an Alternative Loan.
What is the Tiffin University Payment Plan?
We encourage you to combine the loans with the Tiffin University Payment Plan. This plan allows you to spread payments over 10 months with no interest. There is a $60 application fee, but no additional fees or interest charged. For information on the payment plan, please contact the Bursar at (419) 448-3409.
Contact us in the The Financial Aid Office:
(800) 968-6446, ext 3279 - toll free
(419) 448-3279 - direct
(419) 443-5025 - fax
Or, via our general email address at: email@example.com