Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College Financial Aid Office

Direct Loan Program

Direct Loans are low-interest loans for you and/or your parents to help pay for educational expenses. The lender for Direct Loans is the U.S. Department of Education rather than a bank or other financial institution. Loans are a form of financial aid that must be repaid with interest.

You MUST have a valid FAFSA application for the year you intend to borrow loans. Dream Act applicants are not eligible for the Direct Loan program.

Types of Direct Loans

Subsidized
Requires financial need, as determined by federal regulations; No interest is charged while a student is in school at least half-time, during the grace period, and during deferment periods. Payment due 6 months after graduation or dropping below half-time enrollment.
Unsubsidized
Not based on financial need; interest is charged during all periods, even during the time a student is in school and during grace and deferment periods. Payment due 6 months after graduation or dropping below half-time enrollment.
Parent PLUS
Must be the parent of a dependent student enrolled at least half-time; credit check is required; not based on financial need; interest charged during all periods, even during the time a student is in school and during grace and deferment periods. Payment due 60 days after final disbursement (may be deferred while student is enrolled at least half-time).

All the above loan types have loan fees that are a percentage of the total loan amount. See Federal Student Aid's current loan fees.


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Your 2018-19 Financial Aid Awards must be finalized in order to apply for a Federal Direct Loan.
  2. You must be enrolled in at least 6 degree applicable units (excluding remedial units) in an eligible program of study at Bakersfield College. Wait listed courses do not count.
  3. Bakersfield College must be declared as your home school.
  4. You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as outlined in the Terms of Agreement for Bakersfield College.
  5. You must have completed Placement testing. If you need to complete Placement testing, contact the Testing and Placement Center at (661) 395-4479.
  6. You must have a declared major and educational goal and be following a Comprehensive Student Education Plan (CSEP).
  7. Students on Financial Aid Suspension are ineligible for Direct Loans.

Getting Started

STUDENTS ON FINANCIAL AID WARNING OR WHO ARE APPROVED ON AN APPEAL SUSPENSION ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A STUDENT PROGRESS REPORT SIGNED BY ALL INSTRUCTORS REFLECTING SATISFACTORY GRADES IN EACH COURSE BEFORE FUNDS WILL BE RELEASED.

Please allow a 48 hour turnaround time for your insideBC requirements section to be updated. (This does not include weekends)

Loan Request Deadlines

Fall 2018

November 2, 2018

Spring 2019

April 5, 2019

Additional Information


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