Financial Aid

Financial Aid is made available for those who qualify through federal, state, and University programs. 

All students who are interested in financial aid should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is used to determine a student’s eligibility for grants, loans, work-study, and OCU institutional aid. In order to qualify for Indiana state aid, Indiana residents’ FAFSAs must be received by the Central Processing Center before March 10. Filing for financial aid is an annual process. File online for free at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Special Circumstances

If a student or a family member has had a loss of income, the Financial Aid Office should be notified. The form that the student would need to file is a Special Circumstances Form. This form is only available in the Financial Aid Office. The Director of Financial Aid will notify the student if additional information is needed.

Eligibility 

  1. For most federal and state student aid, you must have financial need. Unsubsidized loans and parent loans are non-need based loans.
  2. You must be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  3. You must have equivalence, such as a high school diploma or GED.
  4. You must have a valid Social Security number. Your name on financial aid applications must exactly match the name on your Social Security card.
  5. You must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP).
  6. If you are a male, you must register with the Selective Service. If you are a male age 18 through 25 who has not yet registered with Selective Service, you can register at www.sss.gov you can give Selective Service permission to register you by checking a box on the FAFSA.
  7. If you are in default on a federal student loan, you will not be eligible for any federal assistance until your default has been resolved.
  8. You must be admitted to an eligible program as a regular student working toward a degree. (You may not receive aid if you are enrolled as a guest or non-degree seeking student.)

Satisfactory Academic Progress

OCU monitors FA satisfactory academic progress at the end of each term. 
FA SAP is based on cumulative GPA, not on the most recent term.

Students who do not meet SAP will receive written notification at the end of the payment period.

This policy applies only to financial aid awards, and is separate from the academic policy regarding satisfactory progress.

The US Department of Education and the State of Indiana’s regulations governing student financial assistance require that Oakland City University develop standards to measure academic progress.  A student will not be eligible for financial assistance if he/she does not meet the academic requirements that have been established.

Oakland City University Satisfactory Academic Standards for Cumulative GPA:

  • Freshman: 1.50
  • Sophomore: 1.75
  • Junior/Senior: 2.00
  • Graduate: School Specific

State of Indiana’s Satisfactory Academic Standards for Cumulative GPA:
For more information on Indiana’s SAP requirement visit http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2569.htm

  • Freshman: 1.50
  • Sophomore: 2.25
  • Junior/Senior: 2.50

Other scholarships and grants (including merit and endowments) offered by Oakland City University have GPA requirements.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions concerning your specific University award.

In addition to GPA requirements, students must meet quantitative and maximum time frame requirements.

Quantitative: Students must complete and pass a minimum of 67% of the credit hours attempted at Oakland City University.

Max Time Frame:  Federal regulations require that a student complete a program of study within 150% of the time allotted for the program.  All credit hours attempted at OCU and all transfer hours to be used toward a degree at OCU that were received at a previous institution will be counted in the determination of hours attempted. 

Failure to meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (FA SAP) will result in a hold being placed on the student’s account in one of the following areas:

Financial Aid SAP Warning:
This hold is assigned to a student who has failed to meet FA SAP upon the first infraction.  Students will be eligible to receive FA during the warning term.  If SAP is not met in the following term, the student will be placed on FA Suspension or FA Probation based on the appeal process (see below for more information on the appeal process).   If the student successfully completes the warning period the hold will be removed and the student will retain financial aid eligibility.

Financial Aid SAP Suspension:
If the student does not meet FA SAP at the end of the warning term the student will be placed on FA Suspension pending the appeal process (see below for more information on the appeal process).  If an appeal is not submitted by the deadline or the appeal is denied the suspension hold will remain on the student’s account.  The student will not be eligible to receive FA and will be required to pay his/her own expenses. 

Financial Aid SAP Probation:
A FA SAP Probation hold will only be placed on a student’s account that has successfully appealed the suspension and has completed and submitted the necessary Academic Improvement Plan (see below for more information on the Academic Improvement Plan).  Eligibility may be reinstated for the payment period for which the appeal was granted and for subsequent payment periods provided the student continues to meet the stipulations outlined in the academic plan.

Appeal Process:
An appeal must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by the deadline listed on the appeal form.  The appeal must be completed by the student. The student must also complete an academic plan as part of the appeal process.  This plan will need to be completed with Career Services located on the main campus of Oakland City University.  The student will be required to meet the guidelines outlined in the academic plan or the probation status will be revoked.   The appeal will be reviewed by the Appeals Committee.  The student will receive written notification of the committee’s decision within two weeks of submitting the appeal for review.  All required documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office within 30 days of the suspension notice or the start of the term, whichever is earlier. 

If the student is failing to meet the State of Indiana’s standards for academic progress he/she must complete and submit the State’s appeal form.  The State will inform the student and Oakland City University if an appeal is granted.  For more information on the State of Indiana’s appeal process visit http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2565.htm

Penalties for Drug Law Violations For Currently Enrolled Students

If a student, prior to enrollment, was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, the student must complete the FAFSA Drug Worksheet to determine eligibility with the Director of Financial Aid. A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for FSA funds. Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid.

 
 
 
 
 

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant:
Unlike a loan, the Federal Pell Grant does not have to be repaid.  Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree.  You are not eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or nonforcible sexual offense.

Amounts awarded for the Federal Pell Grant are subject to change on an annual basis.  The maximum award for the 2016-2017 award year (July 1st, 2016 - June 30th, 2017) is $5815. The amount that you will be awarded depends on the following guidelines:

  • Your financial need (as determined by the Department of Education according to information entered on the FAFSA),
  • Your cost of attendance,
  • Your status as a full-time or part-time student, and
  • Your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

If you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, your award amount will be applied to your student billing ledger at the beginning of each term, pending the receipt of any verification or other required documents. 

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PELL GRANT:  Effective July 1, 2012, you can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent.  You will receive a notice if you are getting close to your limit.  If you have questions concerning the percentage of Pell Grant eligibility used log on to www.nslds.ed.gov or contact the Financial Aid Office.

**Students must meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards to remain eligible. 

Federal SEOG Grant (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant):
FSEOG is a grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.  The Financial Aid Office will use FAFSA information to determine eligibility for the FSEOG.  Students who will qualify for the Pell Grants and have the most financial need are given priority based on availability. 

If you are selected to receive an FSEOG award the funds will be credited to your student billing ledger at the beginning of each term, pending the receipt of any verification or other required documents. 

Maximum 2016-2017 FSEOG Award: $1000

**Students must meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards to remain eligible.  

Indiana State Grants and Scholarships

In order to be eligible for state financial aid, students must complete the correct academic year's FAFSA by the deadline (March 10 annually). All FAFSAs must be error-free by the edit correction deadline (May 15 annually). The exception to this deadline is the Part-Time Grant (FAFSA deadline of July 1 annually and edit correction deadline of August 1 annually).

A student's FAFSA may have edits that pertain only to State of Indiana award and scholarship programs. A student should check his or her eStudent account for a list of any edits that may be on the FAFSA.

Even if a student's or parent's Federal income taxes are not complete by the FAFSA filing deadline, the FAFSA should be filed on or before the appropriate FAFSA deadline using ESTIMATED tax information. 

The Commission administers State financial aid only and is not affiliated with FAFSA. For assistance with completing the FAFSA, please contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center: 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

IMPORTANT:  If you did not list OCU as your first college choice on the FAFSA please go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and update your information.  The State will only send an award offer to the school listed as #1 on the FAFSA.  OCU’s school code is 001824.

 

STATE FINANCIAL AID 

21st Century Scholarship
The 21st Century Scholarship is Indiana's early promise program, offering income-eligible Hoosier students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana institution.

EARN Indiana
EARN Indiana is a need-based work-study program that gives students access to resume-building, experiential, paid internships, while employers receive state matching funds in exchange for hiring EARN students.

Frank O’Bannon Grant
The Frank O’Bannon Grant is Indiana's primary need-based financial aid program, designed to provide access for Hoosier students to attend eligible postsecondary institutions.

Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship
The Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship is a one-time grant for students who graduate from a publicly supported high school at least one year early.

Adult Student Grant
The Adult Student Grant is Indiana's need-based financial aid program specifically designed to meet the unique needs of working adults.

FINANCIAL AID FOR MILITARY AND PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS

Child of Deceased or Disabled Veteran*
Provides tuition and fee assistance to a student who is the child of a deceased or disabled veteran.

Child of Purple Heart Recipient or Wounded Veteran*
Provides tuition and fee assistance to a student who is the child of a Purple Heart recipient or veteran wounded as the result of enemy action.

Children and Spouse of Indiana National Guard*
Provides tuition and fee assistance for children and spouses of members of the Indiana National Guard killed in the line of duty.

Children and Spouse of Public Safety Officers*
Provides tuition and fee assistance to children and spouses of public safety officers killed in the line of duty.

Indiana Purple Heart Recipient*
Provides tuition and fee assistance to veterans who are Purple Heart recipients.

National Guard Supplemental Grant
The National Guard Supplemental Grant guarantees up to 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for eligible members of the Indiana Air and Army National Guard.

Soldier's and Sailor's Children's Home*
The Soldier's and Sailor's Children's Home program covers students who are former students and/or graduates of Morton Memorial High School or who are former residents of the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home (ISSCH).

FINANCIAL AID FOR TEACHERS

Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship
The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship provides 200 high-achieving high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in education the opportunity to earn a renewable scholarship of up to $7,500 each year for four academic years. In exchange, students agree to teach for five years at an eligible Indiana school or repay the corresponding, prorated amount of the scholarship.

William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship
The William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship is for minority students intending to pursue, or currently pursuing, a course of study that would enable them to teach in an accredited school in Indiana for three years following graduation.

Student Teaching Stipend for High-Needs Fields
The Student Teaching Stipend for High-Needs Fields is for students who plan to teach in a "high-needs" field which affects the economic vitality of Indiana in which there is a shortage of candidates.

Earline S. Rogers Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities
The Earline S. Rogers Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities is for minority students who will engage in student teaching during the upcoming academic term.

State Financial Aid Appeals

If an applicant disagrees with a determination of eligibility, the applicant may ask the Commission to review the decision by submitting an appeal and all relevant supporting documentation using the Commission’s online appeals form.

Click here to submit an appeal.

For more information, please visit the Indiana Commission for Higher Education's appeal page.

Credit Completion Requirements

In 2013, Indiana lawmakers sent a clear signal that encourages on-time college completion through student financial aid incentives and annual credit completion expectations, because students who complete at least 30 credit hours per year have the best chance to graduate on time.

Students who receive state financial aid for the first time during the 2013-2014 academic year or thereafter will be required to meet certain completion requirements to renew state financial aid awards in subsequent years. This includes students who first started school prior to July 1, 2013 but received their first state awards after that date. Students receiving the Frank O'Bannon Grant, 21st Century Scholarship and Adult Student Grant are subject to Credit Completion Requirements.

Federal Student Loan Information

To apply for a federal student loan, you must first complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Your loan eligibility will be based on the information you submit to Oakland City University on the FAFSA.

The Department of Education offers student loans through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program and will serve as your lender.  There are four types of loans available under the Direct Loan Program.

  • Direct Subsidized Loans are made to eligible undergraduate students who are enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours) and demonstrate a financial need.
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who are enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours).  Unlike the Subsidized loan, the student does not have to demonstrate a financial need in order to be eligible for this loan.
  • Direct PLUS Loans are made to graduate or professional students and parent of dependent undergraduate students who are enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours) to help cover the cost of educational expenses. (Credit check is required.)
  • Direct Loan Consolidation Loans allow students to combine all eligible federal student loans into a single loan with a single servicer.

Perkins Loans
Perkins loans are made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who demonstrate an exceptional financial need.  Even though the Perkins Loan Program is a federal loan program, Oakland City University is considered the lender.  Funds depend of your financial need and the availability of funds at Oakland City University from one academic year to the next.

 

Direct Subsidized Loans

  • Direct Subsidized Loans are made available to undergraduate students (enrolled in at least 6 credit hours) who demonstrate a financial need.
  • The Oakland City University Financial Aid Office will determine the amount you are eligible to borrow.  This amount may not be in excess of your financial need.
  • The Department of Education pays the interest on a Direct Subsidized loan for you
    • while you are in school at least half time (6 credit hours),
    • for the first six months after you leave school (graduate or withdraw),
    • during a period of deferment.
  • Before loan funds can be processed, you must have a valid Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling session on file with the Department of Education.  Click the links at the top of the page for more information.
  • Before your loan funds are disbursed, you may cancel all or part of your loan at any time by notifying the Financial Aid Office.  After your loan is disbursed, you may cancel all or part of the loan within a certain time frame.  Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: If you receive a Direct Subsidized Loan that is disbursed between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2014, you will be responsible for paying any interest that accrues during your grace period.  If you choose not to pay the interest that accrues during your grace period, the interest will be added to your principal balance.

For more information on the William D. Ford Federal Direct Subsidized Loan please visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are made available to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours).  This loan does not have a financial aid need requirement.
  • The Oakland City University Financial Aid Office will determine the amount you are eligible to borrow.  This amount may not be in excess of the cost of attendance established by the Financial Aid office in combination with other financial aid you may receive.
  • You are responsible for paying the interest on an Unsubsidized Loan during all periods (enrollment, grace, deferments, etc.)
  • If you choose not to pay the interest on your loan while you are in school and during all other periods, your interest will accumulate and be added to the principal of your loan.
  • Before loan funds can be processed, you must have a valid Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling session on file with the Department of Education.  Click the links at the top of the page for more information.
  • Before your loan funds are disbursed, you may cancel all or part of your loan at any time by notifying the Financial Aid Office.  After your loan is disbursed, you may cancel all or part of the loan within a certain time frame.  Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

For more information on the William D. Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan please visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Direct PLUS Loans

  • Direct PLUS Loans are made available to graduate or professional students and parent of dependent undergraduate students.  The student must be enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours).
  • The borrower must not have an adverse credit history (credit check will be performed by the Department of Education at the time the loan is applied for).
    • If you have adverse credit, you may want to consider and endorser for the loan application.
    • If a parent borrower is denied a PLUS loan, the undergraduate, dependent student may be eligible to receive additional unsubsidized loan funds.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
  • The maximum loan amount is the student’s cost of attendance, as determined by the Financial Aid Office minus any other financial aid received. 
  • You may apply for a PLUS loan at www.studentloans.gov.  The Financial Aid Office will receive your completed PLUS loan application from the Department of Education after processing.
  • Before loan funds can be processed, you must have a valid Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling session on file with the Department of Education.  Click the links at the top of the page for more information.
  • Before your loan funds are disbursed, you may cancel all or part of your loan at any time by notifying the Financial Aid Office.  After your loan is disbursed, you may cancel all or part of the loan within a certain time frame.  Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

For more information on the William D. Ford Federal PLUS loan please visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Perkins Loans

  • Perkins loans are made available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who demonstrate and exceptional financial need as defined by Oakland City University Financial Aid Policy.
  • Oakland City University is considered the lender, loan repayments will be made to the University’s loan servicer, University Accounting Services.
  • Funding depends on your financial need and the availability of funds in the Perkins Loan Fund from one academic year to the next.
  • Before loan funds can be processed, you must have a valid Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling session on file with the Business Office.  Click the links at the top of the page for more information.
  • Before your loan funds are disbursed, you may cancel all or part of your loan at any time by notifying the Financial Aid Office.  After your loan is disbursed, you may cancel all or part of the loan within a certain time frame.  Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

For more information on the Federal Perkins Loan Program please visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Annual Loan Limits 

Year Dependent Undergrad Student (except students whose parents are unable to obtain PLUS Loans) Independent Students (and dependent students whose parents are unable to obtain PLUS Loans) Perkins (independent and dependent students)
First Year (1-29 credit hours earned) Undergraduate Loan Limit $5,500—No More than $3,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. $9,500—No More than $3,500 may be in subsidized loans Determined by Financial Aid Office but no more than $5,500
Second Year (30-59 credit hours earned) Undergraduate Annual Loan Limit $6,500—No more than $4,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. $10,500—No more than $4,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. Determined by Financial Aid Office but no more than $5,500
Third Year (60+ credit hours earned) Undergraduate Annual Loan Limit $7,500—No more than $5,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. $12,500—No more than $5,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. Determined by Financial Aid Office but no more than $5,500
Graduate or Professional Student Annual Loan Limit Not applicable (all graduate and professional students are considered independent) $20,500 (unsubsidized only) Determined by Financial Aid Office but no more than $5,500

For more information on the amount of loan funds you have borrowed and lifetime limit information please visit the National Student Loan Data System to access your specific loan information.

PLEASE NOTE: The aggregate loan limits include any Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans or Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans you may have received previously under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program.  As a result of legislation that took effect July 1, 2010, no further loans are being made under the FFEL Program. Effective for periods of enrollment beginning on or after July 1, 2012, graduate and professional students are no longer eligible to receive Direct Subsidized Loans.  The $65,500 subsidized aggregate loan limit for graduate or professional students includes subsidized loans that a graduate student or professional student may have received for periods of enrollment that began before July 1, 2012, or for prior undergraduate study. If you are a first-time borrower on or after July 1, 2013, there is a limit on the maximum period of time (measured in academic years) that you can receive Direct Subsidized Loans.  You may not receive Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150% of the published length of your program.  You can find the published length of your program of study in the University’s catalog. 

 

Current Loan Interest Rates

Interest Rates for loans first disbursed between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

  Undergraduate Students Graduate Students
Direct Subsidized Loans 3.76% N/A
Direct Unsubsidized Loans 3.76% 5.31%
PLUS Loans 6.31% 6.31%
Perkins Loan 5% 5%

PLEASE NOTE: If you already have federal student loans and would like to check the interest rate, servicer information, and other financial aid history log on to the National Student Loan Data System.

 

Current Origination Fees

Most federal student loans have loan fees that are deducted from each loan disbursement you receive.  This is called an origination fee.  You are responsible for repaying the entire loan amount you borrowed and not just the amount you received. 

Loan Origination Fees for loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 2016.

Direct Subsidized Loans 1.069% First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2016: 1.069%
Direct Unsubsidized Loans 1.069% First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2016: 1.069%
Direct PLUS Loans First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2016: 4.276%
Perkins No origination fee

 

Entrance Counseling

If you choose to borrow from the Federal Direct Loan Program or the Perkins Loan Program you will need to complete an Entrance Counseling Session. Parents taking out a Direct PLUS Loan for their dependent undergraduate student do not have complete entrance counseling. Graduate students taking out a PLUS loan for the first time will be required to complete entrance counseling even if counseling was completed for a previous subsidized or unsubsidized loan.

For Direct Loan Borrowers:

For Perkins Loan Borrowers:

  • Oakland City University requires entrance counseling sessions for the Perkins Loan Program to be completed in person.  Please contact the Business Office at 812-749-1240 to make an appointment to complete your session.

Master Promissory Note

The  Master Promissory Note (MPN) is a legal documents in which you promise to repay your loan and any accrued interest and fees to your loan servicer (Dept of Education or Oakland City University).  It also explains the terms and conditions of your loan.

For Direct Loan Borrowers:

  • Log on to www.studentloans.gov to complete your MPN.  You should allow a minimum of 30 minutes to fully read and sign your MPN. 
  • The Financial Aid Office will be notified once the MPN is complete.  It is important to understand that if you are a first time borrower at Oakland City University you will not receive your first disbursement until the MPN is complete. 
  • You must sign an MPN if:
    • You have never signed a Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized, or PLUS Loan MPN.
    • You signed an MPN more than a year ago, but the loan was not disbursed.
    • You signed an MPN more than 10 years ago.
    • For PLUS Loans:  You obtained an endorser due to adverse credit history.
    • For Parent Borrowers: Parents must complete a sign a separate MPN for each student for whom they are borrowing.
  • Step by step instructions for completing the MPN can be found here.

For Perkins Loan Borrowers:

  • Oakland City University requires Master Promissory Notes for the Perkins Loan Program to be completed in person.  Please contact the Business Office at 812-749-1240 to make an appointment to complete your MPN.

Exit Counseling

You must receive exit counseling before your leave school to make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities as a borrower.  You will receive information about repayment and your loan servicer will notify you of the date loan repayment begins.  Parent PLUS loan borrowers do not participate in exit counseling. 

For Direct Loan Borrowers: You will be required to complete exit counseling when you:

  • Graduate;
  • Withdraw from school;
  • Drop below half time status (less than 6 credit hours);
  • Transfer to another school.

The exit counseling session can be completed by going to www.studentloans.gov and clicking on the exit counseling link. Step by step instructions for completing exit counseling can be found here. **It is important to understand that if you have been notified that Exit Counseling is required your official transcript and/or diploma will not be released until the Financial Aid Office has been notified that your session is complete.

For Perkins Loan Borrowers: You will be required to complete exit counseling when you:

  • Graduate;
  • Withdraw from school;
  • Drop below half time status (less than 6 credit hours);
  • Transfer to another school.

The exit counseling session can be completed by going to https://www.uasexit.com and enter your personal information to begin the session **It is important to understand that if you have been notified that Exit Counseling is required your official transcript and/or diploma will not be released until the Business Office  has been notified that your session is complete.

Repayment

To make your payments more affordable, repayment plans can give you more time to repay your loans or be based on your income.  Contact your loan servicer if you would like to discuss repayment plan options or change your repayment plan.  You can obtain your loan servicer information as well as other information concerning your Federal student loans on the National Student Loan Data System website.

You can use the Department of Education’s Repayment Estimator to get a look at which plans you may be eligible for and see estimates on how much you would pay monthly and overall.  Click on the Repayment Plans and Calculators under the Managing Repayment tab.  You will need to have your Federal Student Aid PIN ready in order to access this information.  If you have forgotten your PIN, you can request a PIN reset or a duplicate PIN by going to www.studentloans.gov and clicking on the Apply for A PIN under the Tools and Resources tab. 

An explanation and eligibility requirements of each repayment plan offered by the Department of Education for Federal Direct Loans can be found here.

Perkins repayment plan options are not the same as those for Direct Loan or FFEL Program loans.  You will need to contact Oakland City University’s Perkins Loan servicer, University Accounting Service, for more information on Perkins Loan repayment plan options.

Deferment

A deferment is a period of time during which repayment of the principal and interest of your loan is temporarily delayed.  Most deferments are not automatically granted, you will need to submit a request to your loan servicer.  If you enrolled in school at least half-time you will need to contact the Financial Aid Office as well as your loan servicer for more information on obtaining an in-school deferment.  The table below provides an example of situations that may make you eligible for a deferment:

Situations When You May Apply For Deferment Direct Loans FFEL Loans Perkins Loans
During a period of at least half-time enrollment in college or career school YES YES YES
During a period of study in an approved graduate fellowship program in an approved rehabilitation training program for the disabled YES YES YES
During a period of unemployment or inability to find full-time employment YES (for up to 3 years) YES (for up to 3 years) YES (for up to 3 years)
During a period of economic hardship (includes Peace Corps service) YES (for up to 3 years) YES (for up to 3 years) YES (for up to 3 years)
During a period of service qualifying for Perkins Loan discharge/cancellation NO NO YES
During a period of active duty military service during a war, military operation, or national emergency YES YES YES
During the 13 months following the conclusion of qualifying active duty military service, or until you return to enrollment on at least a half-time basis, whichever is earlier, if
  • You are a member of the National Guard or other reserve component of the US armed forces AND
  • You were called or ordered to active duty while enrolled at least half-time at an eligible school or within six months of having been enrolled at least half-time
YES YES YES

If you are a Direct Loan or FFEL Program borrower who has a loan that was first disbursed before July 1, 1993, you may be eligible for additional deferments for situations including teaching in a teacher shortage area, public service, being a working mother, parental leave, or temporary disability.  For more information on these additional deferment options please contact your loan servicer.

Consolidation

If you have multiple federal student loans, you can consolidate them into a single Direct Consolidation Loan.  This may help simplify repayment if you are currently making separate payments.  Visit the Federal Student Aid consolidation page at http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/consolidation for more information and options for consolidation. 

Loan Forgiveness, Cancellation, and Discharge

Under certain conditions, you may be eligible to have all or part of your loan discharged or forgiven (canceled).

Visit the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website, http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation#total-and, for a quick view of the types of forgiveness, cancellation, and discharge conditions.  Many of the qualifying conditions require an application to be submitted.  The required applications may also be found at the link mentioned above.  

Private Education Loans

Listed below are two application tools that will provide access to multiple lenders. Both the ISM Marketplace and FASTChoice will allow you to compare lenders and rates for possible alternative loans. As a borrower, you have the option to select any lender you choose. We recommend that you select a lender included in one of the tools below in order to ensure your loans are processed as quickly and smoothly as possible. Please understand that we will process a loan with a lender that is not listed. If you have any questions regarding the process used to select the lenders included in the ISM Marketplace or in FASTChoice, please contact our office.