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Loan Information


Students are encouraged to exhaust all other resources to help with educational expenses before considering an educational loan. There are three types of loans offered at Clearwater Christian College. Below are the Direct Loan and Parent PLUS Loan. The third option is a private loan through your local bank.

Direct Loan

Financially speaking, the best option is the Federal William D. Ford Direct Loan Program (formerly the Federal Stafford Loan Program). The Direct Loan is a low-interest loan that does not require payment until six months after a student graduates, drops below half time, or withdraws. Through completing the FAFSA, students qualify for either a subsidized (best option) or unsubsidized loan depending on need and other eligibility requirements. Both loans are automatically guaranteed and there are limits to the amount that can be borrowed each year. For freshmen, the maximum amount one can borrow through either option is $3,500, $4,500 for sophomores and $5,500 for juniors and seniors. Independent students and dependent students whose parents are unable to borrow the PLUS loan are eligible for an additional unsubsidized loan: up to $4,000 for freshman and sophomores, $5,000 for juniors and seniors. In addition to the above, all students are eligible for an additional $2,000 unsubsidized Direct Loan upon request.

This means that all students will need to sign a new Master Promissory Note (MPN) for the Federal Direct Loan. Follow the steps below to complete the new MPN.
  1. Access the Master Promissory Note (MPN) at https://studentloans.gov. Sign in using your U.S. Department of Education issued PIN to complete an electronic MPN.
  2. Click on "Complete Master Promissory Note."
  3. Select Subsidized/Unsubsidized.
  4. Follow the directions to complete the form.
  5. Complete Online Entrance Counseling at https://studentloans.gov. Sign in using your U.S. Department of Education issued PIN to complete the Entrance Counseling.

PLUS Loan

The second best option for a loan is the PLUS Loan. This is a loan that is in the parent's name, but the money pays for the student's education. Parents may borrow up to the cost to attend minus any other aid received. Repayment starts two months after the second disbursement on the loan. The borrower must contact the US Department of Education to request a deferment. The maximum loan amount is dependent on outstanding need.

Follow the steps below to complete the new MPN for the Parent PLUS Loan.
  1. Access the Master Promissory Note (MPN) at https://studentloans.gov. Sign in using your U.S. Department of Education issued PIN to complete an electronic MPN.
  2. Click on "Start PLUS Application Process."
  3. Follow the directions to complete the form.

Loan Payment Calculator

Concerned with the long-range impact of a student loan in the future? Check out the Loan Payment Calculator and estimate what your monthly loan payments might be.

Exit Loan Counseling

Go to www.studentloans.gov and sign in. Once signed in, click on “Complete Counseling” and from there you will complete the Exit Counseling on the right side of the page.

Federal Direct Loan Repayment

You can view your federal Direct Loan information at www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA. That way you know which loan company holds your loan so you know who to contact to begin repayment.

Lindsey, a senior biology major from Tarpon Springs, Florida, plans to become a nurse after graduation. She will use her CCC degree to help gain entrance into a nursing program. In addition to a Multiple Family Discount, Lindsey receives a CCC Merit Award, a Florida Medallion Scholarship, and FRAG. "The CCC Financial Aid department has been extremely helpful in paying for my college education," she said.

Lindsey's Package
  Fall Spring Total
Florida Medallion Scholarship 1,598 1,128 2,726
FRAG 1,213 1,212 2,425
CCC Merit Award 1,000 1,000 2,000
Multiple Family Discount 375 375 750
Total Awards 4,186 3,715 7,901