Direct Stafford Loans Interest Rates for 2016-2017

On July 1, 2016, the subsidized interest rate and unsubsidized interest rate will change to 3.76% for undergraduates.  Graduate students are not eligible for interest subsidies as of July 1, 2012, and the unsubsidized interest rate for graduate students will change to 5.31%.  Parent PLUS and Graduate PLUS loans will also see a change in interest rate to 6.31%.  Please note these interest rates are variable-fixed, meaning that the interest rate can change every July 1, but any loan taken under that rate will remain fixed for the life of the loan. The origination fees are as follows:

First Disbursement of loan occurs before October 1, 2016 First Disbrusement of loan occurs on or after October 1, 2016
Direct Stafford Loan (Subsidized/Unsubsidized) 1.068% 1.069%

Direct PLUS Loan (Parent and Grad/Prof)

4.272% 4.276%

2016-2017 FAFSA

It's time to complete the FAFSA for the 2016-2017 aid year.  The 2016-2017 FAFSA covers eligibility at Emporia State University from Summer of 2016 through Spring of 2017.  You can get started at  Please note that Emporia State University's priority date is March 15, 2016.

SALT Financial Literacy

SALT is a free, online resource that helps students finance their higher education, manage any student loans, and build personal finance skills.

Emporia State University has teamed up with the nonprofit organization American Student Assistance to offer this free program for all students and alumni.

Join SALT to get free tips and tools to take charge of your money during college and beyond.

SALT can help you with:

  • Tracking and planning your student loans
  • Managing student loans and repayment options
  • Creating a manageable budget
  • Credit and debt management
  • Saving and investing
  • Finding scholarships, internships, and jobs

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Have questions about managing your student loans?

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Time Limitation on Direct Subsidized Loan Eligibility 

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act passed by the federal government has altered the time frame for students to receive Direct Subsidized Loans in their undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs. Beginning with loans originated on or after July 1, 2013, a new first-time borrower’s eligibility period for Direct Subsidized Loans will be limited to no more than 150% of the published length of the borrower’s academic program. The eligibility period for a 4-year degree would be 6 years. Once a student exceeds the 150% eligibility period any Direct Subsidized Loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 will lose their subsidy and the student will become responsible for the interest that accrues on those loans. 

Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility                                 

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 has changed the duration of eligibility to a maximum of 12 semesters, or its equivalent (600%). This change is effective with the 2012-2013 aid year, but is applicable to all Pell grant recipients, i.e. it is retroactive.