Student Loans & Financial Aid
Student Loans & Financial Aid
IBMC College’s experienced Financial Aid Advisors are committed to helping you understand your options, and will assist you in applying for various forms of financial aid and loans if you qualify. To talk with a Financial Aid Advisor, call 800-495-2669.
Here are some common options to help get you started:
Student Loans & Secured Loans
These can offer you a way to pay for all or part of your tuition — and possibly even some of your expenses while you’re in school.
Federal Direct Loan Programs (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
Federal Direct Stafford Loans are funded by the Department of Education. A student is automatically considered for a Direct Loan after submitting the FAFSA.
- Subsidized loans begin accruing interest during the grace period with a fixed 4.45% interest rate for loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2017.
- Unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest while in school with a fixed 4.45% interest rate for loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2017. Dependent students and independent students may be eligible for an additional $2,000 unsubsidized loan for each academic year.
The type of Federal Direct Stafford is determined by the student’s financial need. Interest rates are recalculated and published by the Department of Education for all new loans disbursed after July 1, 2017.
If you have Stafford Loans and wish to complete Stafford Loan Entrance or Exit Counseling, please go to Direct Loan Servicing.
Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program
A parent of a dependent student may borrow up to the cost of education minus any student assistance (including scholarships) the student may receive during an academic year. The interest rate is 7% on loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2017.
Here’s a quick overview of Direct PLUS Loans:
- The U.S. Department of Education is your lender.
- You must not have an adverse credit history.
- The maximum loan amount is the cost of attendance (determined by the school) minus any other financial aid received.
Financial Aid Programs
Several financial aid programs are available at IBMC College. The Free Application For Student Aid is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.
Federal Pell Grants
To receive a Pell Grant, a student must:
- Complete a Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Demonstrate financial need
Federal Pell Grant is gift aid that, in most cases, does not need to be paid back. Federal Pell Grant is awarded based on a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated from the FAFSA by the Federal Department of Education. Federal Pell Grant awards are based on enrollment. Awards will be made after the Student Financial Services Office receives all required documentation. For academic year 2017-2018, the Pell maximum award is $5,920.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
To receive a FSEOG, a student must:
- Have exceptional financial need
- Receive a Pell Grant in the same award year
FSEOG is gift aid that, in most cases, does not need to be paid back. FSEOG is a campus-based program with limited funding. The minimum FSEOG amount is $100, but it may be prorated if the student is enrolled for less than an academic year.
Federal Work-Study Program
Federal Work-Study (FWS) employment constitutes a significant resource for students who have documented financial need. FWS awards are based on need and availability of funds. Through the FWS Program, undergraduates work part-time either on campus or with a community service organization.
Professional organizations, churches, even cities can offer scholarships to help you get the education you’ll count on to build a career and give back to the community. A search of local scholarship opportunities can be a great place to start.
Interest-Free Payment Plan
IBMC College offers its students a unique way to pay for their education. Through its Interest-Free Payment Plan, you can pay for all or part of your tuition with no interest if you are able to pay cash for your program’s expenses.
Ready to Begin?
IBMC College’s Financial Aid Advisors are here to help you work through the sometimes confusing world of financial aid and students loans and make sure you feel comfortable with your decision to attend college.
Start the conversation about paying for college by calling the: