SA-14 Federal Direct Loan Program

Identify the Federal Student Loan Programs available at Green River College and the requirements of applying for these loans.

Applies to all students wanting to obtain a student loan to finance their educational costs while attending Green River.

William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan: program established by the United States Congress to assist students and parents in financing their educational costs.

Subsidized loan: a loan in the student’s name in which the interest is paid for the student until the student ceases enrollment as a half-time student.

Unsubsidized loan: a loan in the student’s name in which a federal interest subsidy is never provided. Loan repayment begins six months after a student ceases half-time enrollment.

Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Student (PLUS Loan): a loan in the parent’s name used for paying the student’s educational expenses.

Green River uses two types of Federal Direct Loans for students, subsidized and unsubsidized.

It also offers the Federal Direct PLUS loan for parents to use in financing their dependent’s educational costs.

The U. S. Department of Education is the lender for these loan programs.


  1. Students wishing to borrow under the Federal Direct Loan program must have a complete financial aid file prior to loan certification. Federal PLUS Loans require a FAFSA, Green River College Supplemental Financial Aid Application and PLUS Loan Worksheet prior to loan certification.
  2. For a Federal Direct Loan, students may request a loan on application materials or submit a Federal Direct Loan Worksheet.
  3. For a Federal Direct Loan, students must complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note online prior to receiving funds.
  4. Exit counseling materials are mailed to borrowers when they drop below six credit hours and/or leave the college.

Specific Authority
Federal Regulations 34 CFR 685

Law Implemented

History of Policy or Procedure
Draft: February 5, 2005
Adopted: January 6, 2006
Revised: August 22, 2012
Reviewed by:
Contact: Mary Edington, Director of Financial Aid, ext. 3326
President’s Staff Sponsor: Dr. Deborah Casey, Vice President of Student Affairs, ext. 3328