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Alternative/Private Loans


Alternative/Private Loans

Please note that beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year (Fall 2014), Johnston Community College will no longer participate in the Federal Direct Loan Program. JCC recommends that a student’s first step is to apply for federal and state financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. Alternative loans are recommended only as a last resort.

Steps to Apply for an Alternative Loan
  1. Complete the FAFSA by going to www.fafsa.gov. Our school code is 009336. Turn in all requested paperwork. Our office will process your file within 2 to 3 weeks of receiving all requested paperwork to determine eligibility for federal financial aid.
  2. Choose a bank or lender to apply for the private loan. You should research your choice thoroughly. JCC does not have a preferred lender list for alternative loans. For further information about evaluating private student loans as you research your options, you may find this handout from CFNC.org helpful, Private Loan Brochure. You may visit http://www.finaid.org/loans/privateloan.phtml, if you need help selecting a lender. FinAid maintains a list of the most popular private student loan programs.
  3. For most private lenders, there is no minimum credit hour restriction nor do they require that the student be meeting satisfactory academic progress as determined by the school. Students should verify the restrictions with the lender. Be aware that most private loans require a good credit rating and may require a co-signer.
  4. Our office will certify the loan when we receive the certification request from your lender. Federal regulations will not allow us to certify your loan for more than the cost of attendance minus any financial aid received. We are not responsible for the timeliness of private loans and students should address all customer service issues with their lender.
  5. New federal regulations require that you complete the self-certification for private loans. Your lender should provide you with this form. If you cannot get the form from your lender, you can download it at ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/attachments/GEN1001A-AppSelfCert.pdf. Other Awarded Financial Assistance information needed to complete this form, may be found by logging into Web Advisor.
  6. Budget and loan period information is required on the self-certification form. JCC’s Cost of Attendance Budget for 2014-2015 is $17,961 for an Independent student (No parent information required on FAFSA), $12,600 for a dependent student (Parent information required on FAFSA), and $6,343 for less than half-time (six hours or less) students for the 14-15 Academic Year 8/15/14 through 5/11/15. Use the following Cost of Attendance and loan dates for your loan request depending on your loan period:

    Cost of Attendance Dependent/Independent Enrollment Period : Dates :
    $12,600/$17,961 *Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 08/15/14 - 05/11/15
    $5,600/$7,983 Fall 2014 ONLY 08/15/14-12/15/14
    $5,600/$7,983 Spring 2015 ONLY 01/08/15-05/11/15
    $4,200/$5,987 Summer 2015 ONLY 05/18/015/07/27/15
    $9,800/$13,970 Spring and Summer Only 01/08/15-07/27/15

  7. If your loan period is for two semesters, you will receive half each semester.
  8. Tuition, fees and /or books can be charged against your loan, if processed and approved before payment is due.
  9. Federal regulations require all lenders of private education loans to provide borrowers three business days from the time you receive the Loan Consummation Disclosure Statement to change your mind and cancel your private education loan.

If you can't find the information you need, contact us at (919) 209-2036

 
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