Federal Perkins Loans

An incoming Colby student may be eligible for a Federal Perkins Loan of up to $5,500. A student automatically applies for a Federal Perkins Loan by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Priority is given to students who also file a complete application for Colby aid. Repayment of these loans does not begin until nine months after a student has left college.

Direct Loans

Direct loans are funded by the government and offer fixed interest rates and, in many cases, income-based repayment plans. There are options for students and parents.

Subsidized loans permit students who demonstrate financial need to borrow specific amounts of money each year in college. These loans require no principal payments while the student is enrolled at least half time, and the U.S. Department of Education pays the interest while students are in school and during a six-month grace period after graduation.

Unsubsidized loans are an option for students whose full calculated need is met with Colby financial assistance and for students who do not demonstrate financial need. The only difference between subsidized and unsubsidized loans is that the student is responsible for repayment of all interest that accrues.

PLUS Loans are available to parents to help pay educational costs not covered by other aid.

For additional information please visit: Federal Student Aid

Loan Reimbursement: Opportunity Maine

Opportunity Maine reimburses education-related loans for Maine resident students who complete an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in Maine and live, work, and pay taxes in the state thereafter. Reimbursements are not to exceed in-state tuition and mandatory fees at Maine Community Colleges and the University of Maine System campuses.

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