Federal Direct Loans for Students
Federal Direct Student Loans are low interest loans to help you pay for the cost of your education. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education rather than a bank or other financial institution. Direct Loans are a form of financial aid and must be repaid with interest.
A student loan is a serious long-term obligation that should be used only as a last resort. If it is necessary for you to apply for a student loan, you must complete all required steps for processing of the Direct Loan.
Direct Subsidized Loan
A subsidized loan is for students who demonstrate a financial need which is determined by federal regulations. These loans charge no interest while you are in school as at least a half-time student (taking 6 units), during your grace period, and during your deferment periods Interest begins to accrue once you enter repayment.
Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Direct Unsubsidized loans are not based on financial need. The interest begins to accrue after your first disbursement. Interest is charged during all time periods including the time you are at school and during grace periods and deferment periods.
The Direct Loan amount you request may not be the amount you are eligible to receive. PCC determines your amount of eligibility based on the Admissions and Records grade level at the time of certification. We also determine the maximum amount of eligibility based on other factors such as your current student cost of attendance budget and financial aid awards.
Requirements and criteria needed for a student loan:
All loan requests must be filled out completely and are reviewed on a case by case basis.
You must be enrolled in at least 6 degree applicable credit hours. If you drop below 6 units this will result in the cancellation of all loan funds and/or return of any remaining funds. You will also be required to complete the Exit Counseling at Student Loans.gov.
You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and have a status of Good or Warning for terms applying for loans and have a 2.0 Cumulative GPA at the time of Disbursement.
Having an Appeal approved does not mean that your loan request will be automatically approved.
As part of our default prevention plan, as a student loan applicants you must have met with an academic counselor to obtain your Comprehensive Educational Plan and ensure academic goals and progress.
All documents must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by the loan application deadlines.
The total financial aid awards, including loans, cannot exceed a student’s cost of attendance. Loan amounts may be adjusted to accommodate new awards such as grants, scholarships or other types of resources.
You must complete an Electronic Master Promissory Note (E-MPN) online at Student Loans.gov.
As part of our default prevention plan, all student loan applicants must complete the on-line Entrance Counseling session AND the Entrance and Financial Awareness Counseling.
You are a first-year borrower if you are a student with less than 30 completed units at PCC. As a First time borrower at PCC, you will also have your first disbursement of loan funds delayed for 30 days per federal regulations. You are a second-year borrower if you are a student with at least 30 or more completed units. Both types of borrowers must complete the online Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and Financial Aid Awareness Counseling, which will explain the terms and conditions of the loan and provide information about the various Direct Loan repayment options.
Loan funds are issued once per term during the loan period, but not more than ten days before the term begins. If you are a first-time borrower, you will have your funds held until you have passed the 30th day of enrollment. For loans that are one semester only, the loan proceeds will be disbursed twice in the semester. The first disbursement will come at the beginning of the semester and the second disbursement will occur at the mid-point of the semester.
Repayment of your loan will begin six months after you graduate, withdraw, or drop below half-time. Avoid defaulting on your student loans at all costs. If you run into financial problems with your repayment schedule, contact the Direct Loan Servicing Center at 1-800-848-0979. There may be solutions that can keep you on track and protect your credit rating.
Ready to apply for a Direct Loan. You must first complete the FAFSA. From there, complete the following steps to process your loan.
1 Direct Loan Workshops
First time borrowers at PCC will need to come to the Office of Financial Aid to sign up for a Direct Loan Workshop. At the Workshop you will receive your Direct Loan Application and Information Packet.
Continuing students at PCC who attended a Direct Student Loan Workshop at PCC during the 2018/2019 school year can come to the Office of Financial Aid to pick up your 2019/2020 Loan Application packet. Loan packets will be available August 1st, 2019.Fall 2019 Workshops
- August 6th, 2019 (Tu), 11:00 - 12:00
- August 16th, 2019 (F), 2:00 - 3:00
- August 22nd, 2019 (Th), 10:00 - 11:00
- September 6th, 2019 (F), 3:00 - 4:00
- September 10th, 2019 (Tu), 9:00 - 10:00
- September 16th, 2019 (M), 5:00 - 6:00
- September 24th, 2019 (Tu), 10:00 - 11:00
- October 10th, 2019 (Th), 5:00 - 6:00
- October 21st, 2019 (M), 11:00 - 12:00
- November 8th, 2019 (F), 9:00 - 10:00
- November 19th, 2019 (Tu), 2:00 - 3:00
Spring 2020 Workshops
- January 15th, 2020 (W), 10:00-11:00
- February 4th, 2020 (Tu), 10:00 - 11:00
- February 12th, 2020 (W), 3:00 - 4:00
- February 27th, 2020 (Th), 5:00 - 6:00
- March 4th, 2020 (W), 2:00 - 3:00
- March 10th, 2020 (Tu), 11:00 - 12:00
- March 24th, 2020 (Tu), 9:00 - 10:00
- April 8th, 2020 (W), 11:00 - 12:00
- April 27th, 2020 (M), 5:00 - 6:00
- May 8th, 2020 (F), 10:00 - 11:00
2 Complete the Loan Eligibility Requirements
After attending a workshop, you will need to make sure you have completed all loan eligibility requirements and the loan application (given to you at the workshop).
Once all requirements are met, submit your completed application and documents to the Office of Financial Aid by the loan application deadlines.
Late documents WILL NOT be processed. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Fall 2019 Only Loan: Nov. 22, 2019 by 6 pm
3 Submit Your Loan Application & Documents
4 Check Your LancerPoint
View your LancerPoint account to review your loan award.