Santa Clara University

Graduate Student Loans

To help cover the cost of your education, you may be able to take advantage of a variety of student loan programs. Typically, these programs offer low-interest rates and repayment plans that are designed with students in mind. In many cases, you will not have to start repaying these loans until after you have graduated or enroll less than half-time.

Federal Student Loans

Most students who apply for financial aid are offered some loans that are sponsored by the federal government. These loans are typically included in your financial aid award.

  • William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans
    The Federal Direct Loan program is generally known as Federal Stafford Loans, this loan program provides you a simple and convenient way to borrow money to pay for your education.
  • Federal Perkins Loan
    The Federal Perkins Loan are low-interest, long-term educational loans awarded annually depending on financial need as determined by the information you provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
    Federal Graduate Direct PLUS Loan are from the U.S. Department of Education for students seeking master’s, doctoral or specialist degrees. The Federal Graduate Direct PLUS Loan enables graduate students to borrow up to the cost of education minus any other financial aid.

Private Alternate Loans

While federal students loans are often the most attractive lending options, you may also wish to consider loans from other sources. The Financial Aid Office encourages borrowers to do your own research to find the best lender for you. We have provided you with a Guide to Choosing a Lender that may assist in determining the best lender for you.

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