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Loan Repayment

Grace Period

After you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, you will begin a one-time six month grace period before repayment begins. Interest does not accrue on subsidized Stafford loans disbursed after July 1, 2014 during the grace period. Your federal loan servicer will notify you of the date your loan repayment begins and will provide further details.

Repayment Comparison Table

If you have a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, you have the option to pay interest while you are in school or you can wait until you are no longer enrolled. Our office recommends that you pay the interest to minimize your loan debt. If you do not pay the interest, it will capitalize and be added to your total repayment amount. The example below illustrates the benefits of paying the interest while in school.


With Interest Capitalization

Without Interest Capitalization

(interest not paid while in school) (interest paid while in school)

Original Loan Balance



Capitalized Interest


$0.00 *

Current Loan Balance



Interest Rate

6.8 percent

6.8 percent

Maximum Term

120 months

120 months

Fixed Repayment Amount for 119 months



Fixed Repayment Amount for 1 month



Total Repayment Interest



Total Repayment Amount



* Making loan interest payments benefits borrowers in the long run. For example, in this comparison, the monthly installment is $55.24 less and the total repayment at the end of the life of the loan is a savings of $1,828.41 in interest.

Repayment Plans

You will be able to choose a repayment plan that meets your needs. The amount you pay and the length of time to repay your loans will vary depending on the repayment plan you choose. Typical loan repayment terms are 10 to 25 years.

Please see the Direct Loan Repayment Plans and Calculators for more information.










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