Student Loans

What types of loans are available to apply for?

  •     Federal Direct Stafford Loan (the borrower is the student)
  •     Federal PLUS Loan (the borrower is the parent of a dependent student).
  •     Private Loan (credit based; the borrower is the student - typically requires a co-signer).
  •     Bridge Loan (available for first-time Direct Loan student borrowers - see details below)

To be eligible to borrow federal student loans (Direct or PLUS) it is required to complete the FAFSA.

To apply for a 2014-2015 Direct Stafford Loan you must complete these steps. NOTE! May 22, 2015 is the last day to apply for a Direct Loan for 2014-15  :

1.  Complete the Entrance CounselingAll applicants must complete entrance counseling for EACH year you apply for a Direct Loan.

2. Complete the 2014-2015 Direct Loan Request Form 2014-2015.   

3. Complete the 2014-2015 Master Promissory Note (eMPN).  

Applications and information are not yet available for 2015-2016 Direct Loans. Please check back periodically for updates.  

OPTIONAL learning tool: Financial Awareness Counseling (recommended for those who have borrowed before, to track your current Direct Loan balances).

NOTE! All three steps MUST be completed for EACH academic year that you want to receive loan funds. You will need the following information to complete steps 1 and 2: social security number, first two characters of your last name, date of birth (ddmmyyyy) and your FAFSA PIN.

For requested loan amount based on your level in school, you must have COMPLETED at least 45 college level credits to be considered a 2nd year student. If you are transferring to OC you may submit your transcript to the Registrar's Office for assessment of transfer credit. Transferred credits MUST show on your OC transcript for the Financial Aid Office to award at a higher grade level.

To apply for a Direct PLUS loan complete these two steps. NOTE! May 22, 2015 is the last day to apply for a PLUS loan for 2014-15:

1. Complete the 2014-2015 Direct PLUS Loan Request Form 2014-2015. Submit to the Financial Aid Office. 

2. Complete the 2014-2015 PLUS Master Promissory Note 

Applications and information are not yet available for 2015-2016 PLUS loans. Please check back periodically for updates. 

To apply for a private education loan complete the following steps:

1. Complete 2014-2015 Private Loan Request Form and submit it to the Financial Aid Office. NOTE! May 22, 2015 is the last day to apply for a private loan for 2014-15.

2. Apply for a private (non-federal) education loan with the lender of your choice. 

Currently, the following four lenders offer private education loans:

    Charter One Loans
    Discover Student Loans
    Sallie Mae Student Loans
    Wells Fargo Student Loan

OC'S LENDER POLICY:  Lenders shown here are listed in alphabetical order, not in order of preference. Olympic College is NOT affiliated with lenders and has NO contractual arrangements. There may be other lenders that offer non-federal education loans. Check with the lender. Private loans are credit-based and usually require a co-signer.

The Bridge Loan is an institutional option designed to help cover tuition and fees for students who are first-time borrowers of federal Direct Loans when grants are not sufficient to cover these costs and/or when no grants have been awarded. The Department of Education restricts schools from issuing the first disbursement of a loan to first-time borrowers until 30 days after the first quarter that the loan period begins. The Bridge Loan is typically only necessary for the first disbursement of a loan and assures a student's registration for the first quarter, until loan funds are received. Grant aid (if awarded) will be applied to the tuition and fees before bridge loans. Grant aid cannot be saved for book purchases.

Eligibility requirement - you MUST be awarded a federal Direct Loan, be enrolled in a MINIMUM of 6 credits (1/2 time enrollment status), AND making satisfactory academic progress.

The Bridge Loan will pay the least of exact tuition and fees or the estimated amount of proceeds to be disbursed from the federal Direct Loan for the first quarter in which the disbursement must be delayed 30 days. Bridge Loans are to be repaid with the proceeds from the federal Direct Loan.

Books/supplies purchase option - qualifying Bridge Loan borrowers with remaining loan funds available after tuition and fees are paid may also request up to $300 for a Bookstore Bridge Loan prior to the quarter beginning OR no later than the first week of the quarter . For more information AND to apply for a Bridge Loan and/or Bookstore Bridge Loan, contact the Financial Aid Office within two (2) days of registering to complete an application (and bookstore bridge voucher, if applicable). More information will be provided at the time you apply.


Loan disbursements (or balance after tuition and charges) are issued to your Higher One card on the 30th day of the term from each term of the loan period.  For single loans there are two disbursements that will be made.  The first on the 1st day of the quarter (or 30th day if first-time borrower/1st disbursement) and the second will be shortly after the middle of the term.  The 1st disbursement dates for the quarters in the 2014-2015 academic year are :

  • Summer 2014:     July 01, 2014 (or July 30, 2014 for first-time borrower/1st disbursement).
  • Fall 2014:              September 22, 2014 (or October 21, 2014 for first-time borrower/1st disbursement).
  • Winter 2015:        January 5, 2015 (or February 3, 2015 for first-time borrower/1st disbursement).
  • Spring 2015:        April 6, 2015 (or May 5, 2015 for first-time borrower/1st disbursement).

Disbursement dates for 2015-2016 are not yet available; please check back periodically for updates. 

NOTE!!!  Check your disclosure notice for actual disbursement dates.  After a loan is awarded at the school, the Department of Education will deliver a disclosure notice to you, which outlines the dates the school received the funds.  Allow three business days for processing of loan funds after the funds are received at the school.  Check your Higher One card balance until you receive the funds on your account.

Exit Counseling Interview
Federal regulations require that any student who borrows money under the Stafford Loan program complete an Exit Counseling Interview  before they go into repayment. The Exit Loan Counseling is an online interactive session that offers important information about your student loan repayment obligations. 

Similarly, students who borrow funds under the Direct Loan program can complete their exit interviews on the NSLDS website listed below under important websites. NOTE! At Olympic College, we require borrowers to complete Exit Counseling at the end of EACH award period.

Repaying Your Loan (and related resources)
Students who borrow federal student loans may access Information regarding their loan repayment on the Federal Student Aid (FSA) website, and at the NSLDS website.

Important links:

The National Student Loan Data Systems (NSLDS) shows your loan amounts, lender servicer contact information, and exit interviews information

The Federal Student Aid Ombudsman is a useful site for students receiving financial aid. 

Last modified:  March 2, 2015 KF