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Loans are a form of financial aid that students must repay. All students applying for any type of federal student loan must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in addition to the appropriate loan application. Loans are available to both Pennsylvania and out-of-state residents.
General eligibility requirements must be satisfied by all students to receive federal loan assistance:
- Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Must be accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree program at Bloomsburg University on at least a half-time basis (Undergraduate - six credits per semester / Graduate - 5 credits per semester)
- Must maintain satisfactory progress
- Must not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a refund on any federal student aid program
- Must be registered with Selective Service, if required Loan repayments are serious financial and legal obligations.
Students and their families must understand their commitment prior to taking out a student loan. Excessive borrowing and failure to repay loans may have serious adverse effects on a student's future credit rating. Borrowers experiencing difficulty in meeting their repayment responsibilities should immediately notify their lenders. In certain situations, borrowers may be eligible for deferments/forbearance (postponements) of the repayment obligation. Borrowers are obligated to repay the full amount of the loan even if they do not graduate, did not find employment in their field of study, are not satisfied with the education they received, or are having financial difficulty.
Loan forgiveness programs may be available to students in certain degrees or occupations (i.e. Nursing, Education, Armed Forces). For more information contact AES/PHEAA (800)692-7392.
Borrowers with several federal loan programs may be able to obtain a Federal Consolidation Loan that combines all federal loan payments into a single monthly payment. Please note Private Educational Alternative Loans may not be consolidated into a Federal Consolidation Loan. Consolidated monthly payments may be lower than the combination of individual payments, and the repayment period can usually be extended. Consolidated loans may help borrowers avoid delinquent or default situations. Check with the holder of your loans for more information.
If your are in a dispute about your federal student loan, contact the Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group as a last resort. The FSA Ombudsman Group is dedicated to helping resolve disputes related to Direct Loans, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program Loans, Guaranteed Student Loans, and Perkins Loans. Please use the following information to contact the FSA Ombudsman Group:
- On-line: http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/disputes/prepare
- Telephone: (877) 577-2575
- Fax: (202) 275-0549
U.S. Department of Education
FSA Ombudsman Group
830 First Street, N.E., Mail Stop 5144
Washington, D.C. 20202-5144
Persons borrowing must notify their loan servicing agency when any of the following conditions arise:
- Withdrawal from school
- Attendance is less than half-time status (less than six credits Undergraduate - less than five credits Graduate)
- Change of name or address
- Transfer to another school
- Other changes that may affect borrowers' eligibility for deferred payments
Bloomsburg University's Student Lending Code of Conduct: Please review our Code of Conduct