Bakersfield College

Direct Loan Program


Direct Loans are low-interest loans for students and parents to help pay for the cost of a student's 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.

The Direct Loan Program offers the following types of loans:

  • Subsidized: for students with demonstrated 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.
  • 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.

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 Educational Plan.
  7. Students on Financial Aid Suspension are ineligible for Direct Loans.

Loan Deadlines:   Fall 2018- November 2, 2018     SPRING 2019- April 5, 2019

2018-19 Direct Loan Instructions

2018-19 Federal Direct Loan Request and Terms

Direct Loan Additional References Sheet

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

Entrance/Exit Counseling

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)

Deferment and Forbearance Information

Right to Cancel Information and form

Steps to Request a Loan Deferment

Federal Student Loans Information

Avoid defaulting on your student loan!

Don't Lose your tax refund from loan default

There are options that may help you avoid loan default. Bakersfield College has teamed up with E.C.M.C. Solutions to provide student loan borrowers a resource to help you manage your educational loans. This service is FREE of charge and you can contact them regarding loan repayment advice, repayment plan options, forbearances and deferments, and loan forgiveness. Contact E.C.M.C. Solutions by phone at 1-877-331-3262 or visit the E.C.M.C. Solutions website to connect through email or web chat with one of their counselors.

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