Loans are borrowed money you must repay with interest. Southwestern participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Direct Loan funds come directly from the Department of Education to Southwestern; therefore, you need not visit a bank or lender for a loan application.
To apply for a student loan at Southwestern, you must:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and indicate you are interested in student loans
- Be enrolled at least half-time
- Not be currently in default on a federal student loan
- Meet all other eligibility criteria
When a Direct Stafford loan is included in your award packet, you can choose to accept, decline or accept a portion of the loan. If you decide to accept a loan, you must complete the following:
- Electronic Master Promissory Note (MPN) is available at www.studentloans.gov
- Complete loan entrance counseling if you are a first-time borrower at Southwestern
Entrance and Exit Counseling
Direct Loan Entrance Counseling provides students with their rights and responsibilities as borrowers. It is a federal regulation that entrance counseling be completed by first-time loan borrowers before any loan proceeds can be credited to a student’s account. Entrance counseling can be completed online at www.studentloans.gov.
Direct Loan Exit Counseling must be completed by students who are leaving Southwestern or dropping below half-time enrollment. It is a federal regulation that Southwestern provide specific loan information to students before they leave the institution, even if they will be re-enrolling at another school. Exit Counseling may be completed online at www.nslds.ed.gov; however, your federal PIN is required to access your specific loan account information.
SWCC Institutional Code of Conduct for Education Loans
Preferred Lender Lists
Southwestern Community College does not promote any outside lenders. Students are advised to seek private fund sources if needed on their own. Therefore, Southwestern Community College does not provide a preferred list.
Preferred Lender Arrangements
Southwestern Community College does not promote any outside lenders. Students are advised to seek private fund sources if needed on their own.