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Loans and Grants for Credential Students

Direct Subsidized Loans

Direct Subsidized Loans are available to students enrolled at least half-time, which is at least 6 units a semester for credential programs and 4.5 units a semester for master's programs. Subsidized Direct Loan offers up to $2,750 for credential students and $4,250 for graduate students per semester. Read more about Direct Loan basics for students.

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to students enrolled at least half-time. Loans offer up to $3,500 for credential students and $6,000 for graduate students per semester. Read more about Direct Loan basics for students.

Federal Direct Student Loans 2013-2014 Interest Rates
Effective for Loans With a First Disbursement on or After July 1, 2013

Loan Type

Student Grade Level

Cohort

Index Rate

Add-On

2013-2014 Fixed Interest Rate

Interest Rate Cap

First Disbursed On/After

First Disbursed Before

10-Year Treasury Note Index

Direct Subsidized Loans

Undergraduate Students

7/1/13

7/1/14

1.81%

2.05%

3.86%

8.25%

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Undergraduate Students

7/1/13

7/1/14

1.81%

2.05%

3.86%

8.25%

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Graduate/Professional Students

7/1/13

7/1/14

1.81%

3.60%

5.41%

9.50%

Direct PLUS Loans

Parents of Dependent Undergraduate Students and Graduate/Professional Students

7/1/13

7/1/14

1.81%

4.60%

6.41%

10.50%

Direct Consolidation Loans

N/A

Consolidation Loan Application Received on or after July 1, 2013 Interest rate remains the weighted average of the interest rates of the loans included in the consolidation, rounded up to the next higher one-eighth of one percent. New law removes the 8.25% cap.

Private Loans

Private loans may be available to help bridge the gap between financial aid and the cost of education. The terms of these loans differ according to the lender and you should compare the information to determine which loan best suits your needs.

Once you have considered federal loan options, you can use the California 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. The Marketplace displays products from local and national lenders, complete with detailed listings of APRs, interest rates, total cost, monthly payments, borrower benefits, fees and repayment options.

Loan Resources

Pell Grants

For federal student aid, credential students are considered undergraduates. The U.S. Government provides Pell Grant assistance to part-time and full-time undergraduate students, of up to $5,550 per year. Students become eligible based on income, etc., after the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) has been completed and processed.

Cal Grant A and B Extended Benefits

Provides an additional year of your Cal Grant if you enroll in an approved teacher credential program. Visit the Cal Grant website or the California Student Aid Commission for more information.

TEACH Grants

TEACH Grants of up to $4000 will be available annually for students if you qualify and plan to teach a high-need subject at a high-need school. Grants convert to unsubsidized loans if the recipient doesn't teach in a qualified school a minimum of four out of their first eight years after college. Students must have a 3.25 GPA to qualify. More information about TEACH Grants.

Other Resources

Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE)

Assumes up to $11,000 of student loan debt in return for four years paid teaching service in a designated subject shortage area or at a designated school and up to $8,000 more if you teach math, science or special education at the lowest-performing schools. Visit the Cal Grant website or the California Student Aid Commission for more information.

Federal Loan Forgiveness For Teachers

Forgives up to $5,000 federal Stafford loan debt in return for five years of paid teaching service at a low-income school. Up to $17,500 for highly qualified math, science, or special education teachers. Visit studentaid.ed.gov for more information.

Federal Perkins Loan Forgiveness

Forgives part or all of a federal Perkins loan if you teach at a designated low income public school, in a designated subject or to children with disabilities. Visit studentaid.ed.gov for more information.

Teach for America

Offers forbearance and interest payment benefits on qualified student loans, plus up to $5,350 a year to repay loans, if you teach for two years at a disadvantaged school. Visit www.teachforamerica.org for more information.

AmeriCorps

By becoming an AmeriCorps volunteer, you will earn up to $5,550/year for up to two years to pay for college or repay your feeral student loans. You may also be able to postpone your student loan payments while you are a volunteer. Visit www.americorps.gov for more information.

Peace Corps

You can incorporate your Peace Corps service into a master's degree program and you may receive financial assistance. In addition, you may be able to defer payments on your student loans, and up to 70% of your federal Perkins loan debt may be forgiven if you serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.

American Opportunity Tax Credit

Learn more about a newly created tax credit for education-related expenses.

AB 2086 "Qualifying Institution" Requirements