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Gordon-Conwell participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Through this program we are able to offer the Direct Unsubsidized loan and the Graduate Direct PLUS Loan to help provide funding options to eligible candidates. For more information regarding these loan options, please review the following:

Gordon-Conwell participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Through this program we are able to offer the Direct Unsubsidized loan and the Graduate Direct PLUS Loan to help provide funding options to eligible candidates. For more information regarding these loan options, please review the following:

Gordon-Conwell participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Through this program we are able to offer the Direct Unsubsidized loan and the Graduate Direct PLUS Loan to help provide funding options to eligible candidates. For more information regarding these loan options, please review the following:

Gordon-Conwell participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Through this program we are able to offer the Direct Unsubsidized loan and the Graduate Direct PLUS Loan to help provide funding options to eligible candidates. For more information regarding these loan options, please review the following:

Eligibility for Student Loans

To receive a federal student loan, you must:

      • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (such as a Permanent Resident)
      • Have a Bachelor’s degree OR have completed at least 3 years of full-time study at the undergraduate or graduate level
      • Be accepted into a masters-level degree program and be registered for at least 4 credits per semester in both the fall and spring semesters
      • Complete at least 67% of the credits you attempt
      • Maintain the minimum required GPA for your degree

You must not:

      • Be in default on any previous federal loans
      • Be a visiting, diploma, certificate, or D.Min. student.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

  • Interest Rate for the 2019-2020 academic year is fixed at 6.08%
  • Interest accrues after the first disbursement and it can either be capitalized or you can chose to pay it while in school.
  • Interest rates for loans in subsequent academic years may vary and are determined annually by the Department of Education.
  • This loan has an origination fee that is charged by the government and is deducted from the loan before the funds are received by Gordon-Conwell.
      • Loans that are first disbursed between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019 will be assessed at 1.062%.
      • Loans that are first disbursed between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020 will be assessed at 1.059%.
  • Contingent upon eligibility students may receive up to the maximum amount and annual limit of $20,500.

 

To receive this loan, new borrowers at Gordon-Conwell must complete the following:

    • Master Promissory Note (MPN) – a legal document in which the borrower promises to repay their loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to the U.S. Department of Education. It also explains the terms and conditions of the loan.
    • Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan Entrance Counseling – ensures that the borrower understands the responsibilities and obligations they are assuming.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements

Students who receive federal student loans must meet the following Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements:

    • The student must maintain the minimum GPA required for his or her degree program.
    • The student must successfully complete at least 67% of credits attempted.

For this purpose, successfully completed is defined as having received a passing grade (D or higher or P for passing).  Note that withdrawing (and receiving a W) is not considered successfully completed and such a class would be included in the SAP calculation.

The SAP verification is done for each student prior to the disbursement of loans. If a student does not meet the requirements, the student will be notified by the Financial Aid Office.  A student who does not meet the SAP requirements has the option of an SAP appeal process.  The process is described in the notification letter and in the GCTS Student Handbook.

If a student’s SAP appeal is approved, loan eligibility can be reinstated and the student may be eligible to receive federal student loans. If a student does not use the SAP appeal process or if a student’s SAP appeal is not approved, the Financial Aid Office will not be able to disburse that student’s loan.

 

Grace Period, Repayment, & Exit Counseling

Once you graduate, drop below a half-time course load, or withdraw from school, your six-month grace period begins. The grace period begins on the last day that you attended on a part or full-time basis. You are not required to make student loan payments during the grace period, but will be required to do so once the six-month grace period ends.

If you return to school on a half or full-time basis before the grace period is over, you will have a new six-month grace period as you graduate, drop below a half-time course load, or withdraw.

The standard repayment term for student loans is ten years, but other options may be available. See StudentLoans.Gov for more information about repayment plan options.

Also, once you have graduated, drop below half-time, take a leave of absence, or withdraw from school you will be required to complete the Exit Counseling.

*Note that Gordon-Conwell cannot issue a diploma or transcripts until this federal requirement is complete.

 

Graduate Direct PLUS Loan

The Graduate Plus Loan is another federally funded loan program that allow students to borrow up to the full cost of attendance minus other financial assistance. This loan requires a credit check and is contingent upon approval.

    • Interest Rate for the 2019-2020 academic year is 7.08%
    • Interest accrues after the first disbursement but the first payment is not due until approximately 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed.
    • Interest rates for loans in subsequent academic years may vary and are determined and annually by the Department of Education.
    • This loan has an origination fee that is charged by the government and is deducted from the loan before the funds are received by Gordon-Conwell.
      • Loans that are first disbursed between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019 will be assessed at 4.248%.
      • Loans that are first disbursed between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020 will be assessed at 4.236%.
    • The standard repayment period is ten years, although there are extended and graduated plans available
    • The principal payment may be deferred for up to 4 years while the student is enrolled on at least a half-time basis. Interest will accrue during deferment and can be paid quarterly or capitalized
    • The credit check used to approve the loan is valid for 180 days.

To apply for the Graduate Plus loan complete the following:

Once completed, please notify our office of your intent to borrow a Graduate Plus Loan.

*If you are denied a Plus Loan you may appeal the credit decision or find an endorser. For more information on how to appeal or add an endorser please visit StudentLoans.gov or contact the Student Loan Support Center at 1-800-577-7394

 

Canceling or Reducing your Federal Student Loan

If you would like to cancel or reduce your loan, please notify our office in writing or email us at [email protected] from your school issued email account with your loan adjustment request.

GCTS Student Loan Indebtedness Policy

The Trustees and administration of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary are concerned about the impact that large loan repayments may have on our students. The Seminary has established a policy to reach out to any student whose student debt is nearing or exceeds $40,000 whether from current study at the Seminary or previous study at other institutions.

We consider this level of debt a point at which reflection is both warranted and wise. If this applies to you, the Financial Aid Office will send you a letter with a few questions about your plans for future borrowing and repayment. We require that you thoughtfully and confidentially address those questions in your written response to our Financial Aid Debt Committee. These letter are, of course, strictly confidential. As always, the Financial Aid Office staff is available to help you with borrowing, budgeting, and repayment tools.  The Financial Aid Debt Committee will review your response before offering additional federal student loans beyond the $40,000 threshold.

Federal Student Loan History

We encourage you to monitor your overall student debt and to only borrow what you need. To view your loan history and find information regarding your loan servicer, please visit the National Student Loan Data System.

 

Federal Student Loan Repayment & Consolidation

Find information about standard repayment plans and options at StudentAid. For information about federal student loan consolidation or application for consolidation, see StudentLoans.Gov.

As a student loan borrower, you are responsible for staying in touch with your loan servicer, updating your contact information, and making payments even if you do not receive a bill.  Find additional information about basic repayment procedures, repayment plans, and loan consolidation on our Federal Student Loan Repayment Handout.

Next Steps

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