For full information and up to date interest charges, fees and repayment rules please see Direct Loan Overview

Stafford Loan (Subsidised)

This is awarded to students based on financial need. The information you supply on your FAFSA is used to calculate your EFC (Expected Family Contribution). Your EFC and the amount of your EFA, (Estimated Financial Assistance i.e.any scholarships, bursaries or awards you will receive) will be deducted from your Cost of Attendance to determine your Financial Need. Please note that Graduate/Professional students are no longer eligible for the subsidised element of the Stafford Loan.

The US government will pay the interest on a subsidised loan while you are enrolled at least half time or during a grace or deferment period.

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to both undergraduates and graduate or professional degree students. You are not required to show financial need to receive a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

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Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan

Parents of dependent undergraduate students can borrow a federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan and can borrow up to the total Cost of Attendance minus all other sources of financial aid their student receives. The loan is the financial responsibility of the parents and not the student.

A parent PLUS loan borrower must meet the same citizenship and residency requirements as the student. The parent must not owe a refund on a federal student financial aid grant or be in default on a federal student loan. The repayment period for a Direct PLUS Loan begins immediately after you’ve received the last disbursement of the loan, while your child is still in school. Generally, you’ll have from 10 to 25 years to repay your loan, depending on the repayment plan that you choose. Your required monthly payment amount will vary depending on how much you borrowed, the interest rates on your loans, and your repayment plan

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Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a federal loan that graduate students with good credit histories may borrow to help pay their educational expenses. A graduate student may borrow up to the total Cost of Attendance less all other financial aid received.

Students must have applied for their annual loan maximum eligibility under the Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loan Program before applying for a Graduate/Professional PLUS loan.

You don't have to start making payments until six months after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment

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Private Loans

Students who are unable to take out US federal loans or who do not meet the criteria for a US federal loan can borrow from private lenders in the US. For instance, students wishing to study a course which is not approved for federal US loans (Nursing), or students on distance learning courses based in the US but enrolled on a UK degree course at GCU.

We advise that if you are eligible for US federal loans, you investigate these before applying for a US private student loan, as federal loans are often cheaper and most American students are eligible for them. Please note that US private student loans do not enable you to borrow more funds than US federal loans.

If you wish to apply for a private US student loan, please email From May onwards, the Student Funding Team will email you a Cost of Attendance to inform you of the amount of loan you are able to borrow.

The University will work with whichever private lender you decide to use, however, please be aware that Sallie Mae is the only lender we currently work with. Private loan applications with Sallie Mae must not exceed 180 days between the application date and disbursement date.

You are advised to compare the terms, charges, and interest rates before taking out a private loan.

The Student Funding Team will certify your Sallie Mae loan application once you have registered at GCU We will request the loan be payable in two instalments and this will be received by Electronic Transfer through our third party servicer Western Union. The University will allocate any Tuition Fees and Accommodation Fees to be paid from the private loan, and pay the student any remaining funds. 

Veteran Affairs Benefit

Glasgow Caledonian University are not currently able to to process applications for US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) funding as we are not currently approved