Loans and Grants

Loans and Grants

What's New:

In August 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, which included two changes that will increase the cost of borrowing Federal Direct Loans for graduate students. The changes go into effect on July 1, 2012 and affect all Federal Direct Loans for graduate students for the 2012-13 academic year and beyond.

Elimination of the Interest Subsidy (Subsidized Federal Direct Loan)

$20,500 will remain the maximum annual Federal Direct Loan for most graduate students. The interest rate remains 6.8% per year. Accrued interest will be added to the principal balance when you enter repayment, six months after you graduate or leave school. What is changed is that the federal government will no longer pay the interest on (subsidize) the first $8,500 of the loan while you are in school and during the six-month grace period. The increased cost to you will be based, of course, on how long you are in school and how much you borrow.

This does not affect loans that you have already received. Subsidized Federal Direct Loans received before July 1, 2012 will retain the in-school subsidy. (Please Note: We cannot award 2012-13 loans early to beat this deadline.)

This does not mean that you must or should make early interest payments to the federal loan servicer while you are in school. Because accrued interest is added only once--at the time you enter repayment--the interest is "simple," not "compound," and you will not be accruing interest on interest while you are in school.

The best way to minimize the impact of this change is to borrow conservatively by: Keeping your costs as low as reasonable.  Borrowing the minimum you think you need at the beginning of the year and only asking for more later when you are sure you need it.

Elimination of Repayment Incentives

The new law also eliminates the up-front origination fee rebate on all Federal Direct Loans and Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans. There is a 1% origination fee on all Federal Direct Loan disbursements ($10 per every $1,000), and a 4% origination fee ($40 per $1,000) on every Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan disbursement.

Before July 1, 2012, you received an immediate .5% rebate of the 1% origination fee for all Federal Direct Loan disbursements, meaning that only $5 was deducted per $1,000; and you received an immediate 1.5% rebate of the 4% origination fee for all Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan disbursements, meaning that only $25 was deducted per $1,000. This rebated was an incentive for students who made timely payments after graduating.

Beginning July 1, 2012, the origination fee rebate is eliminated and the full 1% origination fee will be deducted from all Federal Direct Loan disbursements ($10 per every $1,000), and the full 4% origination fee ($40 per $1,000) will be deducted from every Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan disbursement.


Federal Direct Loan

The Federal Direct Loan is a long-term, low-interest loan that is awarded by the Office of Financial Aid. The loan is funded and guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. Because the loan is guaranteed, it is not based upon your credit history or income.

Repayment of the principal begins 6 months after you cease half-time enrollment, and the average repayment term is 10 years.

All students who complete a FAFSA are eligible to receive a Federal Direct Loan. The amount you may receive for the academic year is based on your financial need and academic level and is determined by the Mansfield Office of Financial Aid.

For additional information on the Direct Loan Program or to apply for a Direct Loan, please visit our Direct Loan Page.

Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

The Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a federally sponsored, low-interest loan available to parents and step-parents of undergraduate students. The PLUS Loan allows parents to supplement their student's financial aid package by borrowing money to cover any costs not already covered by the student's aid. Families that need additional financing for educational expenses should consider a Federal PLUS Loan.

The PLUS Loan is funded and guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education.

For additional information on the PLUS Loan Program or to apply for a PLUS Loan, please visit our PLUS Page.

Federal Perkins Loan

A Federal Perkins Loan is a need-based federal loan administered by Mansfield University. It is a subsidized loan, meaning that no interest accrues while you are in school. You also receive a nine-month grace period that starts as soon as you graduate, withdraw, or enroll less than half time at Mansfield. The Federal Perkins Loan carries a 5 percent interest rate and the minimum monthly payment will be at least $40.

If you are eligible for a Perkins Loan, you will be contacted by the Perkins Loan Officer to schedule a Perkins Loan Entrance Interview and to sign your promissory note. Upon leaving Mansfield, you must attend an Exit Interview where your rights and responsibilities will be reviewed and you will receive further information on repayment. The awarded loan amount's range from $300 to $1200 annually.

Private/Alternative Loans

Additional non-need-based loan programs are offered by a variety of private lenders and organizations. The repayment terms and eligibility requirements of these loan programs vary widely. Students are encouraged to carefully review the provisions of the loan before incurring additional obligations. Go to the Private/Alternative Education Loan page for a listing of lenders and programs.


Federal Pell Grant

Pell is a federal grant administered by the Office of Financial Aid. It is awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. The current maximum award is $5,550. The exact amount depends on your need and your enrollment. For example, you will receive less as a part-time student than you will as a full-time student.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This is a grant for undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. Applicants must also be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, but not every student receiving a Federal Pell Grant will receive an FSEOG. Funding for this program is very limited therefore, the priority filing deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is March 01.

FSEOG grants at Mansfield University normally range from $400 to $1000 per academic year.

State Grants

State grant award levels and eligibility criteria are controlled by the awarding state. Generally, state grants are awarded on the basis of need and limited to students attending schools within their own state of residence. For more information on the Pennsylvania State Grant Program please visit Some states, such as Delaware, have reciprocity agreements with Pennsylvania, so that you are allowed to receive their grants while studying in Pennsylvania. All financial aid applicants who are residents of Pennsylvania, Delaware, or other reciprocal states are expected to apply for their state grant.

TEACH Grants

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA), created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program. Eligible undergraduate and graduate students can receive up to $4,000 per year for a total of $16,000 for undergraduate study and up to $ 8,000 for graduate study. Eligible students must be accepted into the undergraduate or graduate teacher education programs at Mansfield University and agree to teach full-time in a high-need subject area for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Part-time students are eligible, but the grant is reduced based on enrollment status.