Undergraduate Student Loans

Undergraduate Student Loans

Loans are financial aid awards which require repayment, with interest, under varying terms and conditions. The loans must be repaid after you graduate, withdraw from college, or drop below half-time status (fewer than six units per quarter). Please note, the loan amount you request and all other awards received, cannot exceed the Cost of Attendance.

Admitted and continuing students must log in to MyAwards to view their aid package and requirements. The package may include federal loan offers from funds mentioned below.

Important Loan Dates

Loan acceptance, increases, and requirements must be completed by the published deadlines.

Last Registered Term of Attendance Deadline
Spring Quarter 2019 May 15
Summer 2019 Session 1 July 22
Summer 2019 Sessions 1 and 2 Sept 2
Summer 2019 Session 2 Sept 2
Fall Quarter 2019 Nov 26
Winter Quarter 2020 March 3
Spring Quarter 2020 May 15

MPN and Entrance Counseling received after the following deadline dates cannot be processed.

Federal Loans

Federal student loans are available to most students regardless of income and provide a range of repayment options including income-based repayment plans and loan forgiveness benefits, which other education loans are not required to provide. To be considered for a federal student loan, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Loan Servicer: Visit National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)for loan servicer information on all Federal loans.

Please see general eligibility requirements for federal student aid for more details.

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

  • Available to students with financial need
  • The U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on a Direct Subsidized loan
  • Interest rate and loan fees for the year are determined annually on July 1
  • Available to undergraduate students with financial need
  • Payments do not begin until 6 months after you graduate, drop out or fall below half-time status
  • Loan servicer will be assigned by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Does not require a credit check
  • Processing fee deducted from each disbursement
  • 2019-20 loan offers can be accepted or declined in MyAwards. Additional loan requirements will be displayed at that time.
  • For first-time borrowers borrowing on or after July 1, 2013, there is a limit on the maximum period of time (measured in academic years) that you can receive Direct Subsidized Loans. In general, you may not receive Direct Subsidized Loan for more than 150% of the published length of your program. 
  • 2019-20 Loan Agreement for a Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan (MPN) and Entrance Counseling files will be uploaded starting July 15. Keep confirmation(s) for your records.  

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

  • Available to students regardless of financial need
  • The borrower is responsible for paying interest while enrolled in school
  • Interest rate and loan fees for the year are determined annually on July 1
  • Payments do not begin until after the 6 month grace period
  • Loan servicer will be assigned by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Does not require a credit check
  • Processing fee deducted from each disbursement
  • 2019-20 loan offers can be accepted or declined in MyAwards. Additional loan requirements will be displayed at that time.

Federal Perkins Loan

Federal Perkins Loan

  • Loan does not accrue interest for students enrolled half-time or more
  • 5% annual interest rate
  • 9 month grace period
  • Does not require a credit check
  • No processing fees
  • Limited availability
  • The Federal Perkins loan program ended on September 30, 2017. No new loan offers can be made after this date.
  • Under federal law, the authority for schools to make new Perkins Loans ended on September 30, 2017. As a result, students can no longer receive Perkins Loans. 

Parent PLUS Loan

Parent PLUS Loans - (for parents of dependent undergraduates)

  • Only available to the parent(s) of a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half-time
  • Parent(s) may borrow up to the cost of attendance minus financial aid and outside resources
  • Interest rate and loan fees for the year are determined annually on July 1
  • Begins accruing interest at the time of disbursement
  • Processing fee deducted from each disbursement
  • First payment is due within 60 days of final annual disbursement
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Credit check required
  • 2019-20 loan offers can now be accepted or declined in MyAwards by the student.
  • PLUS loan applicants visit studentloans.gov to apply for a PLUS loan, and complete Loan Agreement for a PLUS Loan (MPN)
    • Complete PLUS Credit Counseling if Parent borrower appealed an adverse credit decision, or an endorser submitted an electronic endorser addendum. 
    • 2019-20 PLUS application, Loan Agreement for a PLUS Loan (MPN) and PLUS Credit Counseling files will be uploaded starting July 15. Keep confirmation for your records.  

University Student Loan

UC Davis offers university based loans which have interest rates at 5% which accrue once the borrower ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. These loans are made on the basis of financial need. Review the promissory note and disclosures statements for additional information about deferment periods and repayment schedules.

Minimum award: $200

Maximum award: $4,000

Loan ServicerHeartland ECSI 

  • Awarded to qualifying students that demonstrate financial need and file an educational expense appeal. 
  • Funds are awarded to assist with additional living expenses, child care, and first time computer purchase.
  • Limited funding may also be available for summer
  • Interest rate: 5%
  • Processing fee: N/A
  • Deferment period: 6 months
  • Does not require a credit check
  • 2019-20 loan offers can now be accepted or declined in MyAwards. Additional loan requirements will be displayed at that time.