Stafford Loan for Graduate Students
- Fixed interest rate - 6.8%
- No payments while in school at least half-time
Graduate Stafford loans are fixed-rate student loans for graduate students attending a college or university at least half time. Stafford loans are the most common—and one of the lowest-cost—ways to pay for school.
As of July 1, 2012, only unsubsidized Stafford loans are available to graduate students; however, subsidized Stafford loans are still available for undergraduates.
Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are not awarded based on financial needs. Any eligible graduate student can take out unsubsidized Stafford loans. You will be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed, to the time the loan is repaid in full.
Graduate Students should also consider the Grad PLUS Loan, another low fixed rate federal loan, for additional funding.
Stafford Loan Benefits
- Low fixed interest rate of 6.8% APR (unsubsidized) through 2013
- Borrow up to $20,500 per year
- No payments while enrolled in school
- Acceptance not based on credit
Stafford Loan Interest Rates
|Academic Year||Subsidized Rates||Unsubsidized/Graduate Rates|
Current Stafford Loan interest rates in effect from 07/01/2012 to 06/30/2013
*Subsidized interest rates are set to increase from 3.4% to 6.8% unless Congress acts by July 1, 2013. Stay up-to-date on interest rate changes and get the latest Stafford loan news at StudentLoanNetwork.com.
Stafford Loan Limits
|Dependent Students||Annual Loan Limits|
|First Year||$5,500 ($3,500 subsidized/$2,000 unsubsidized)|
|Second Year||$6,500 ($4,500 subsidized/$2,000 unsubsidized)|
|Third Year and Beyond||$7,500 ($5,500 subsidized/$2,000 unsubsidized)|
|Independent Students||Annual Loan Limits|
|First Year||$9,500 ($3,500 subsidized/$6,000 unsubsidized)|
|Second Year||$10,500 ($4,500 subsidized/$6,000 unsubsidized)|
|Third Year and Beyond||$12,500 ($5,500 subsidized/$7,000 unsubsidized)|
|Graduate or Professional||$20,500 ($8,500 subsidized/$12,000 unsubsidized)|
|Undergraduate Dependent||$31,000 (Up to $23,000 may be subsidized)|
|Graduate or Professional||
$138,500 (Up to $65,000 may be subsidized)
or $224,000 (for Health Professionals)
|For loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2008.|