Benefits of Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

By: Poly Muthumbi

At times a student may apply for all student loans options available and still realize that he/she needs more help. Such times he/she needs to think of Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. These loans are not awarded according to a student's financial need. All students regardless of needs are eligible for Unsubsidized Stafford Loans.

The interest for Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is charged right from the moment the loan is disbursed to the moment the loan is paid in full. The advantage is that you can have the payments deferred until after you graduate by capitalizing the interest. By capitalizing the interest I mean that the interest payments are added to the loan balance increasing the size and cost of the loan and hence the paying period is extended.

Most of the students combine the subsidized loans with unsubsidized loans to borrow the maximum amount permitted each year. Like starting 1st July 2007, Stafford loans allow dependent undergraduates to borrow up to $ 2,625 and $ 3,500 their freshman year, $ 3,500 - $ 4,500 sophomore year and $ 5,500 for each remaining year. The good news is that independent students and parents turned down for a PLUS loan can borrow an additional unsubsidized $ 4,000 the first two years and $ 5,000 the remaining years. There are other specified amounts for graduate students and cumulative limits for undergraduate. It is good to look for more information and see these amounts to understand what I am talking about.

It is worth noting that for you to be eligible for unsubsidized Stafford loan you need to fill in the FAFSA form, submit it and be accepted. You need to fill the FAFSA form as early as possible to avoid rushing with the deadlines.

While there are many alternatives to help you fund your education, Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are the kind of loans that you will find with very low costs and manageable interests. Therefore go for the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and enjoy the benefits.

Poly Muthumbi, a Web Administrator, Has Been Researching and Reporting on Student Loans for Years. For More Information on Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Visit Her Site at UNSUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOAN

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