Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits per semester to be eligible for federal loans. The NYU Office of Financial Aid determines your loan eligibility upon reviewing FAFSA data and your anticipated enrollment. Your loan eligibility will be included in your financial aid package. An overview of loans for which you may be eligible is below, and more detailed information can be found on the website for the NYU Office of Financial Aid.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan allows eligible students to borrow up to $20,500 minus any subsidized Stafford Loan received. The interest rate is 6.8%. The loans may be offered in full to a student who does not demonstrate financial need or in addition to any subsidized Stafford amount up to the maximum amount of $20,500. The federal government does not pay the loan interest while you are in school. Instead, interest is accrued and added to the principal of the loan. Loan repayment begins six months after you graduate or drop below half-time enrollment (six credits in a given semester). Borrowers have the option of paying the interest while in school.
Federal Direct PLUS Loan
The Federal Direct PLUS Loan allows eligible students to borrow up to the total cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received. The interest rate is 7.9%. Interest accrues and is added to the principal of the loan. Borrowers have the option of paying the interest while in school.
Private loans may be borrowed for up to the total cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received. Students should apply for all eligible federal assistance available by submitting the FAFSA before considering a private, alternative loan. Most private loans are more expensive than federal loans and terms, conditions, and eligibility requirements vary.
For more information about federal and private loans, visit the NYU Office of Financial Aid.