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A Federal Direct Loan is a form of financial aid that is borrowed and must be repaid with interest. Loans are available to students and parent(s) to help meet the cost of education after all other funding options have been exhausted.         

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours that meet Program Objective Enrollment Compliance (POEC) to be considered for a loan. Initial amounts may be adjusted if your graduation term falls within your loan period.

Learn About Your Loan Debt and Repayment Options

Do you want to know what Broward College is doing to prepare you for loan repayment?

Broward College will provide the following information annually to our students receiving loans:
  • An estimate of the total amount of loans.
  • An estimate of the potential loan repayment amount, including principal and interest.

This information is available through myBC. Once a student signs on to myBC, an alert will appear requesting a review of their financial aid loan information. The next alert will display the current loan debt as reported to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). The student is requested to review and confirm the information reported from NSLDS. This confirmation is stored in the student's records.

Note: This information will not be displayed for students with no prior loan history.

Know What You Owe

​The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for student aid. NSLDS tracks your loans through their entire life cycle; from aid approval to closure. The site displays information on loan amounts, outstanding balances, loan statuses, and disbursements. Information regarding your Federal Direct Loans will be submitted to NSLDS. If you have borrowed from multiple institutions, you will be able to use NSLDS to review your total indebtedness. You may access this information to learn about your loan debt and repayment options by logging in with your FSA ID and password.

Calculate Your Loan Payment

The loan repayment calculator provides an estimate of the size of your monthly loan payments and the yearly salary required to manage them. Just enter your loan balance, interest rate, and term of your loan. You will receive an estimated monthly payment along with how much total interest you will pay over the life of the loan. Students are encouraged to use the repayment estimator as they enter repayment for the first time or as they are exploring repayment options. ​

Learn About Responsible Borrowing

​Borrowing responsibly is borrowing only what you need to pay your educational expenses and what you can realistically afford to repay when you leave school. Financial Awareness Counseling provides tools and information to help you understand your financial aid and assist you in managing your finances. Details on your income, financial aid, and living expenses are needed to provide more accurate budgeting information. Topics included in the session are Understand Your Loans, Manage Your Spending, Plan to Repay, Avoid Default, and Make Finances a Priority. You may access the financial aid awareness counseling by logging in with your FSA ID and password.

Before You Leave School

​Exit Counseling provides important information to help prepare you to repay your student loan(s). If you graduate, withdraw, or drop below half time (five credits or less), and have borrowed a Federal Direct Loan, Broward College requires that you complete exit counseling. The goal of exit counseling is to remind you of your rights and responsibillities as a student loan borrower. You may access the exit counseling by logging in with your FSA ID and password.

Annual Loan Limits

Annual loan limits are determined by class (freshman, sophomore, etc.) and dependency status.

Academic Level
​Freshman (0-30 credits)
​$3,500 ($2,000 Unsubsidized) ​$3,500 ($6,000 Unsubsidized)
​Sophomore (31-60 credits) ​$4,500 ($2,000 Unsubsidized) ​$4,500 ($6,000 Unsubsidized)
​Junior and Senior (61 credits or more) ​$5,500 ($2,000 Unsubsidized) ​$5,500 ($7,000 Unsubsidized)

Aggregate Loan Limits

Aggregate loan limits are maximum loan amounts that a student can receive throughout their academic career. Once the aggregate loan limit is met, the student becomes ineligible for Federal Direct Loans.

​Subsidized Loan Limit ​Unsubsidized Loan Limit ​Combined Loan Limit
​$23,000 ​$8,000 ​$31,000
​Independent ​$23,000 ​$34,500 ​$57,500

Interest Rates

The interest rate varies depending on the type of loan and the first disbursement date of the loan. The table below provides interest rates for loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2017.

Interest Rates for Direct Loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2017 and before July 1, 2018​. ​
​Unsubsidized ​4.45%
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