Student loans are available to students who need additional funding to help cover the cost of attending college.
To be eligible for a federal student loan you must meet the basic eligibility criteria for Federal Student Aid and the following:
MCC must have your FAFSA information
All items on your Student Center To Do List must be completed
You must be enrolled for 6 credit hours, or more
You must maintain enrollment of 6 or more credit hours per semester
Once you’re out of school, student loans must be repaid. However, the interest is typically lower than consumer rates.
MCC offers the following loans:
- Federal Direct Subsidized loan – You must have financial need to be eligible for a subsidized loan. The U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on a Direct Subsidized Loan while you’re in school for at least half-time enrollment, and for the first 6 months after you leave school.
- Unsubsidized Direct loans – There is no requirement to demonstrate financial need. The U.S. Department of Education will not pay interest on an Unsubsidized Loan.
- Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS Loan) – A federal loan parents of dependent students can borrow to help pay for college. The parent borrower must apply for a PLUS Loan and meet the credit requirements. The amount a parent can borrow will depend on the student’s Cost of Attendance and other aid the student has been offered. Click here to complete the PLUS Loan Request for your dependent student. The form must be signed and submitted to us.
- Private Education Loan - Nonfederal loans made by a lender such as a bank, credit union, or state agency. Requirements to receive a private loan at MCC:
- You must apply for a private loan and meet the credit requirements
- You must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress
- You must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits per semester in which you’ll receive private loan funds
The private loan amount you can borrow will depend on your Cost of Attendance and the amount of other aid you’ve been offered. We recommend that you start with federal student loans due to the benefits they offer. Compare the difference between federal and private loans.
Other Important Loan Information
Student loan borrowers at MCC are required to complete online Loan Entrance Counseling every academic year they borrow a student loan. Failure to complete loan entrance counseling will prevent you from receiving your loan funds. When you accept a student loan, the Loan Entrance Counseling item will be added to your Student Center To Do List. You can click on the To Do List item for information and the link to complete the loan counseling.
Students who wish to receive a Private/Alternative Education Loan will be required to complete a Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification and a mandatory online Entrance Counseling Session specifically for Private and Alternative Loan borrowers. This session is designed to help you make the right choices in securing additional or private loans.
We are notified on who has completed the online Entrance Counseling, on a daily basis.
If you’re a freshman, first-time, student loan borrower, your 1st loan disbursement will be applied to your student account 30 days after the start of the semester.
Federal regulations require student loans to be released in 2 disbursements within the loan period. If your loan period starts in the fall semester and ends in the spring semester, you will receive your 1st disbursement in the fall semester and the 2nd disbursement in the spring semester. One semester loan awards will be released in two disbursements within the semester; one after the start of the semester and one in the middle of the semester.
Students must be registered in 6 credit hours that have starting dates the first week of the semester for financial aid funds to be disbursed. If you are not actively enrolled in 6 credit hours, your financial aid funds will be held until the 5 days after the start date of the 6th credit hour.
Student loan amounts offered are based on the student’s grade level at MCC. Freshman students will be offered $1750 per semester ($3500 for the academic year). Sophomore students will be offered $2250 per semester ($4500 for the academic year). Only freshman and sophomore grade levels are recognized at MCC. If a student needs more loan funds than they have been offered, additional loan funds can be requested online by completing the Addition Loan Request on the Student Loan Borrowing Information webpage. For more information on loan amounts please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/subsidized-unsubsidized#how-much
The National Student Data System (NSLDS) is a central database that tracks your Title IV federal student aid history. Your NSLDS information can only be accessed and reviewed by you and authorized agencies including lenders, educational institutions, and loan servicers. All Title IV loans, PLUS Loans, and federal grant information will be submitted to NSLDS. To view your NSLDS information go to nslds.ed.gov.