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The William D. Ford Direct Loan Program

Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) participates in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. This program offers loans that are funded by the federal government, guaranteed by guarantors, and reinsured by the federal government. The Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan are offered through this program to MUIH students attending at least half-time and seeking a master’s degree, post-baccalaureate certificate, or post-master’s certificate. Click here for more information about loan requirements.

Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loans

The Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan is a non-need-based loan. If students qualify for an unsubsidized loan, they can receive up to $20,500. They will be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. Students can choose to pay the interest while they are in school, or have the interest added to the principal of the loan. Current interest rates are published online on www.studentaid.ed.gov. Repayment of the Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan begins six months after the last date of attendance, or when student enrollment status drops to less than half-time. Students who have prior loans that are in repayment may be eligible for an in-school deferment. Students should contact their prior lender to verify eligibility. Click here for more information about loan requirements.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a non-need-based loan which requires a credit check by the lender before approval to determine whether the student has an adverse credit history. The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan allows students to receive funding up to the cost of enrollment, less other financial aid students receive. Students should, therefore, apply for their annual Stafford Loan maximum eligibility before applying for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Current interest rates are published online on www.studentaid.ed.gov. Interest begins to accumulate on the date of the first disbursement, and repayment begins six months after a student graduates or when student enrollment status drops to less than half-time. Lenders may offer deferment and/or forbearance repayment options. Interested students should contact the federal government for details. Click here for more information about loan requirements.

Financial Aid Award Disclosure

For further information on Financial Aid Award Disclosure information, click here.

For further information on Interest Rates and Fees, click here.

Alternative Loans

Alternative loans are available to students who need additional assistance with their educational expenses or do not qualify for Stafford Loan funds. With an alternative loan, a student can receive up to the cost of attendance, less other financial aid. A list of lenders is available from the Office of Financial Aid.

More Information About Federal Direct Student Loans

Requirements

Students borrowing funds through a William D. Ford Direct Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan are required to complete the following information:

  • Entrance Counseling: When you are a new borrower of a Federal Direct Student Loan at MUIH, you must complete an entrance loan counseling session so that you will know your rights and responsibilities as a borrower. The online session will take you about 20 minutes to complete. You will only need to complete this information once. Click here to complete this session.
  • Master Promissory Note: Borrowing from the Direct Loan program requires the completion of an Electronic Master Promissory Note (e-MPN). While attending MUIH you can use the e-MPN for multiple loans over one or more academic years. You will only need to complete this information once. Click here to complete your e-MPN. 
  • Exit Interview: All graduates or students withdrawing from MUIH who are borrowers of a Direct Loan are required to complete an exit interview. The online session will take you about 20 minutes to complete. Click here to complete your exit interview. 

Preferred Lender List/Preferred Lender Arrangements

MUIH does not use a Preferred Lender List. Students have the right and responsibility to select the lender of their choice.

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

Students with criminal convictions have limited eligibility for federal student aid. Your eligibility for federal student aid can be affected by incarceration and/or the type of conviction you have. Click here for more information. 

Code of Conduct

MUIH’s Student Loan Program Code of Conduct was adopted to ensure uniform student loan practices focusing on the best interest of student borrowers. The Student Loan Code of Conduct restrictions are defined to avoid any potential conflict of interest among school employees, lending institutions, and students in the student financial aid process.

  • Revenue Sharing Prohibition: MUIH will not receive anything of value from any lending institution in exchange for an advantage sought by the lending institution.
  • Gift Ban: MUIH employees with responsibility for financial aid work will not solicit or accept any gift from a lender, guarantor or servicer. A "gift" is defined as any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan or other item having a monetary value of more than a small amount.
  • Advisory Board Compensation Rules: MUIH employees with financial aid responsibility will not accept anything of value for serving on the advisory board of any lending institution.
  • Opportunity Pools: MUIH will not request or accept from any lender any offer of funds to be used for private education loans, including funds for an opportunity pool loan, in exchange for MUIH providing concessions or promises of a specified number or volume of Title IV loans, or a preferred lender arrangement for Title IV loans.
  • Contract Arrangement Prohibition: MUIH employees, officers and agents with educational loan responsibilities will not accept any fee, payment or other financial benefit (including the opportunity to purchase stock) from a lender as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or other contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.
  • Staffing Assistance Ban: MUIH will not request or accept assistance from any lender to staff a call center or financial aid office.
  • Loan Certification: MUIH employees will not refuse to certify or delay loan certification based on the borrower's selection of a particular lender or guarantor.
  • Assigning Lenders: MUIH employees will not assign first-time borrowers to a particular lender.
  • Preferred Lender Guidelines/Disclosures: MUIH will not use a Preferred Lender List. Students will be told that they have the right and responsibility to select the lender of their choice.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

  • Must reapply for financial aid each award year
  • Must complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Must submit in a timely manner all additional documentation requested by the Financial Aid Office
  • Must be enrolled for at least 3 credits to qualify as half-time enrollment and be eligible for financial aid.
  • Must understand the rules and conditions for any financial aid awards received
  • Must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) first time a loan is received at MUIH (go to www.studentloans.gov)
  • Must complete Entrance Interview the first time a loan is received at MUIH (go to www.studentloans.gov)
  • Must sign and turn in a copy of award letter to the Financial Aid Office
  • Must inform the University promptly of change in name, address or e-mail address

Have the right to:

  • Know how financial aid was determined
  • Know how financial aid will be disbursed
  • Refuse any aid offered
  • Know what portion of financial aid must be repaid and what portion is a grant. If a loan has been offered and accepted, you have the right to know the interest rate and loan repayment options and procedures
  • Request an explanation of MUIH refund policy

Repayment of Student Loans

Get Your Loan Information
The U.S. Department of Education's National Student Loan Data SystemSM (NSLDSSM) provides information on your federal loans including loan types, disbursed amounts, outstanding principal and interest, and the total amount of all your loans. To access NSLDS, go to www.nslds.ed.gov.

If you're not sure who your loan servicer is, you can look it up on www.nslds.ed.gov or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID FREE 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243 FREE 1-800-433-3243 ; TTY 1-800-730-8913 FREE 1-800-730-8913 ). To see a list of Federal Student Aid servicers for the Direct Loan Program and for FFEL Program Loans purchased by the U.S. Department of Education, go to the Loan Servicer page.

Borrower Grace Periods
After you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, you have a period of time before you have to begin repayment. This "grace period" will be

  • Six months for a Federal Stafford Loan (Direct Loan ProgramSM or Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL Program).
  • Nine months for Federal Perkins Loans.

PLUS Borrowers — The repayment period for a Direct PLUS Loan begins at the time the PLUS loan is fully disbursed, and the first payment is due within 60 days after the final disbursement. However, a graduate student PLUS Loan borrower (as well as a parent PLUS borrower who is also a student) can defer repayment while the borrower is enrolled at least half-time, and, for PLUS loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2008, for an additional six months after the borrower is no longer enrolled at least half-time. Interest that accrues during these periods will be capitalized if not paid by the borrower during the deferment.

Parent PLUS Loan borrowers whose loans were first disbursed on or after July 1, 2008, may choose to have repayment deferred while the student for whom the parent borrowed is enrolled at least half-time and for an additional six months after that student is no longer enrolled at least half-time. Interest that accrues during these periods will be capitalized if not paid by the parent during the deferment.

Repayment Plans
You have a choice of several repayment plans that are designed to meet the different needs of individual borrowers. The amount you pay and the length of time to repay your loans will vary depending on the repayment plan you choose. Go to Repayment Plans and Calculators for more information about the various repayment plans and to calculate your estimated repayment amount under each of the different plans.

If you have specific questions about repaying FFEL, Direct, or Perkins Loans, contact your loan servicer. In the case of Perkins Loans, your servicer will be the school that made the loan. If you don't know who your loan servicer is, go to www.nslds.ed.gov to find out.

Loan Interest Rates

Click here to find interest rates for Direct and FFEL Program Loans.

To access information on your federal loans, go to www.nslds.ed.gov.

Additional Interest Rate Information:

Why does the amount of interest I pay vary from month to month?
Interest accrues on a daily basis on your loans. Factors such as the number of days between your last payment, the interest rate, and the amount of your loan balance determine the amount of interest that accrues each month.

You can calculate the monthly interest on your loan by using the Simple Daily Interest Formula.

Trouble Making Payments

If you're having trouble making payments on your loans, contact your loan servicer as soon as possible. Your servicer will work with you to determine the best option for you. Options include:

  • Changing repayment plans.
  • Requesting a deferment - If you meet certain requirements, a deferment allows you to temporarily stop making payments on your loan.
  • Requesting a forbearance - If you don't meet the eligibility requirements for a deferment but are temporarily unable to make your loan payments, then (in limited circumstances) a forbearance allows you to temporarily stop making payments on your loan, temporarily make smaller payments, or extend the time for making payments.

If you stop making payments and don't get a deferment or forbearance, your loan could go into default (see Default section below), which has serious consequences.

Consequences of Default

The consequences of default can be severe:

  • The entire unpaid balance of your loan and any interest is immediately due and payable.
  • You lose eligibility for deferment, forbearance, and repayment plans.
  • You lose eligibility for additional federal student aid.
  • You loan account is assigned to a collection agency.
  • The loan will be reported as a delinquent to credit bureaus, damaging your credit rating. This will affect your ability to buy a car or house or to get a credit card.
  • Your federal and state taxes may be withheld through a tax offset. This means that the Internal Revenue Service can take your federal and state tax refund to collect any of your defaulted student loan debt.
  • Your student loan debt will increase because of the late fees, additional interest, court costs, collection fees, attorney’s fees, and any other cost associated with the collections process.
  • Your employer (at the request of the federal government) can withhold money from your pay and send the money to the government. This process is called wage garnishment.
  • The loan holder can take legal action against you , and you may not be able to purchase or sell assets such as real estate.
  • Federal employees face the possibility of having 15% of their disposable pay offset by their employer toward repayment of their loan through federal salary offset.
  • It will take years to reestablish your credit and recover from default.

For information on financial aid matters,
contact financialaid@muih.edu or 410-888-9048 ext. 6628.