In addition to filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must complete the Federal Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note in order to receive Stafford Loan. In addition to your MPN, your financial aid file must be complete and you must have completed your Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling in order for Wagner to process your Stafford Loan.
In most cases, your loan funds will be disbursed to the school electronically in two installments.
There are origination fees associated with the Stafford Loans. As a result, the amount of money applied to your tuition account will typically be a percentage of the gross amount borrowed.
Two types of Federal Stafford Loans are offered. A Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan is offered to students who have calculated financial need; they are not available to graduate students. "Subsidized" means that the students are eligible to have the federal government pay the interest on the loan to the lender until repayment of the loan begins. The prinicpal amount is due to be repaid beginning six months after you drop below half-time status, leave school or graduate. You will be responsible for interest once your loan goes into repayment. An Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is available to a student who does not qualify for a Subsidized Stafford Loan, a student whose parent has been denied a PLUS or an independent/graduate student. These students are responsible for paying the interest on their loan from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. (A student may elect to have his/her interest capitalized which may be more expensive than paying the interest while in school.) Otherwise, the terms of the loan are the same as that of a Subsidized Stafford Loan.
Important information regarding Stafford Loan subsidies and time limits may be found here.