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Loans and scholarships for Graduate Students

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to students enrolled at least half-time. Interest does accrue on these loans while you are in school, and eligibility is not based on need. The maximum amount available to graduate students through the Federal Direct Loan program is $10,250 per semester. Read more about Direct Loan basics for students.

Graduate PLUS Loans

Graduate PLUS Loans are available to fill additional unmet need.

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

Scholarships

There are a number of outside scholarships available that can help you finance your education. Learn about outside scholarships.

Other Resources

American Opportunity Tax Credit

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