William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
(Cerritos College does not participate in Direct PLUS Loans or Alternative/Private Loans)
Cerritos College offers Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Students applying for a loan no longer need to select a lender. The U.S. Department of Education will be the lender.
Application will be reviewed and processed within 30 days. If your loan is denied you will receive a letter from the Financial Aid Office explaining the reason(s) for loan denial.
Students need to be actively enrolled in at least 6 units (half time) and meet all eligibility requirements to be considered for a loan(s). Deadline to submit the Master Promissory Note (MPN) / Loan Entrance Counseling (LEC) for Summer 2017 loans is Thursday, June 8th, 2017. The last day to Accept/Decline or Reduce Summer 2017 loans is Thursday, June 15th, 2017.
If you are interested in applying for a Direct Loan, please read and carefully follow the steps below:
Complete a Direct Loan Entrance Counseling(new borrowers only)
- The Master Promissory Note is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to the U.S. Department of Education. It also explains the terms and conditions of your student loan(s).
Complete a Direct Loan Exit Counseling
- All students expecting to graduate or enroll in less than half-time (6 units) are required to complete an Exit Counseling
Manage Your Loan
Know What You Owe- The National Student Loan Data System has information about your federal student loans. www.nslds.ed.gov
Manage Your Direct Loans - Make online payments, view your account balances and payment history, change your billing options, enroll in electronic services and much more. https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action
Repayment Calculator - When it comes time to start repaying your student loan(s), you can select a repayment plan that’s right for your financial situation.
We’ve teamed up with Solutions at ECMC to answer all of your student loan repayment questions. Solutions is a service of the non-profit organization ECMC and is dedicated to helping students manage educational loans. Their resources are available to you free of charge. Contact Solutions at ECMC by phone at 1-877-331-3262 or visit their website at www.ecmcsolutions.org to connect through email or web chat with one of their counselors.
Grants and Scholarships
Before applying for a student loan considergrantsand scholarships. All loans have to be paid back.
The following links can help you search for grants and scholarships:
Free Scholarship search. www.fastweb.com
Cerritos College Scholarships - www.cerritos.edu/finaid
Cerritos College Foundation Scholarships-www.cerritos.edu/foundation