Student Loans

Borrower Information:

New Borrowers

If you are requesting a student loan, you will need to attend one of our Federal Direct Loan Information Sessions, where you will receive information about the loan process during the course of your education at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.

Loan Information sessions will be held virtually via ZOOM:

Meeting Link: Meeting ID 881 1401 6125

Passcode: 435659

Schedule: Information Sessions are help each Tuesday at 5:00 pm from August 17 - October 26.

Returning Borrowers

If you had a student loan with Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College beginning 2013-2014 academic year or after and are requesting another student loan, you may do so by completing a Returning Borrower Loan Request Form. The request form is available in the Office of Financial Aid. Once the form has been completed in its entirety, submit it to our office for processing. Please allow 5 business days from the time you submit your request for processing.

There is no need to complete a new Master Promissory Note (MPN) or Entrance Counseling. You may borrow additional Direct Loans on a single MPN for up to 10 years. You will receive a disclosure statement that gives you specific information about any loan that the school plans to disburse under your MPN, including the loan amount, fees, and expected disbursement dates and amounts.

Deadlines to Apply for Student Loans

Fall Term - November 15
Spring Term - November 15
Summer Term - ​July 15

Loan Repayment

Helpful information on loan repayment can be found at this link:  Understanding Loan Repayment


Federal Direct Loans

Entrance and exit counseling are required of all Federal Direct Loan borrowers. OCtech uses studentaid.gov to conduct entrance and exit counseling. Entrance counseling is an online information session explaining rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower. Exit counseling sessions provide information on loans and when repayment begin.

Students enrolled in eligible certificate, diploma or associate degree programs may apply for a student loan. Students who desire to apply for Direct Loans to attend Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at the college prior to securing a Federal Direct Loan application.

Loans are debt, and students have a financial obligation to repay debt. Students are responsible for repaying loans. A completed FAFSA, OCtech Loan Application, Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and loan entrance counseling are required before a loan request can be reviewed. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at the time of loan disbursement to be eligible for a Direct Loan.

Students must be in good academic standing and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards to receive a student loan. Students on Financial Aid Probation or Suspension may not receive a student loan until they return to meeting SAP standards. Continuing students who have attempted at least 24 credit hours of college work at any institution must possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to receive a student loan at OCtech. Students who do not meet the 24 credit hour GPA criteria may request a review of their status after attempting and earning 24 credit hours at OCtech with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans

Subsidized:

A student must have financial need to receive a subsidized student loan. The U.S. Department of Education will pay (subsidize) the interest that accrues on subsidized Direct Loans during certain periods. However, interest begins accumulating on the loan once the student leaves school. Upon leaving school, the student must repay the loan and interest that will accumulate once the student is no longer enrolled.

Unsubsidized:

Financial need is not a requirement to obtain an unsubsidized Direct Loan. The student will be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. If the student does not pay interest while in school, interest will accumulate or be capitalized until the loan is paid in full. That means the interest will be added to the higher accumulated loan amount each month until the loan is paid in full. If the student chooses to pay the interest as it accumulates, loan repayments will cost less in the long run. Interest rates for loans are variable and determined each year by the federal government. Students who are in a loan deferment status will still have interest capitalized on their student loan(s).

Capitalized Interest

Capitalized interest will be added to the higher accumulated loan amount each month until the loan is paid in full. If the student chooses to pay the interest as it accumulates, loan repayments will cost less in the long run. Interest rates for loans are variable and determined each year by the federal government. Students who are in a loan deferment status will still have interest capitalized on their student loan(s).

Parent PLUS Loans (for dependent students only)

PLUS Loans are loans parents can obtain to help pay the cost of education for their dependent undergraduate children. Parents will apply for plus loans on the studentaid.gov using their parental FSA ID and password. Once the PLUS loan application has been completed, please notify the college’s Financial Aid Office.

Loan Amounts

Students who request a loan are strongly encouraged to borrow as little as possible since this money must be repaid after graduating or leaving the college. Loan maximums include:

  • $3,500 for a first-year student enrolled in an eligible program of study that is at least a full academic year.
  • $4,500 for students who are enrolled in an eligible two-year program, have completed 30 semester hours and have a full year remaining to complete their academic program of study.

Important: Students are responsible for any OCtech late payment fees and other college expenses incurred before actual funds are applied to the student account. If approved for a loan, the lender will deduct a processing fee from the loan before disbursing the remaining funds to the student. Students should allow 3 to 4 weeks for loan application processing. Students should apply early in the year (no later than May for fall term, October for spring term and March for summer term) or be prepared to use other personal financial resources for school-related expenses until approved loan funds arrive at the college for disbursement. Once the college receives the funds, the college must verify that the student is still enrolled at least 6 credit hours and eligible to receive the funds before they are disbursed to the student. Students with a loan default cleared by NSLDS will be required to complete one term of enrollment at OCtech with Satisfactory Academic Progress prior to approval for another student loan. Students may access the OCtech Loan Application, Direct Loan MPN and required entrance/exit counseling from the OCtech website.

Default Management Plan and Loan Maximums: OCtech has established a student loan default management program by implementing institutional maximum loan limits to ensure students do not exceed borrowing that they may not be able to repay. This limit is $23,000 for dependent students and $31,000 for independent students (which include all loans received while in attendance at all other colleges). Students who have reached these limits are not eligible to receive a student loan at OCtech until loans are repaid.

Private Loans

Private education loans are non-Federal Student Aid loans that are made to a borrower expressly for postsecondary education expenses, regardless of whether the loans are provided through the educational institution that the student attends or directly to the borrower from the private educational lender. Private loans are considered a “last resort” because their interest rates are higher and all private lenders require credit-worthy individuals to sign for the loan.

How to Apply for Private Loans

  1. Review lenders from the suggested lender list below. (You have the option to use any lender of your choice outside of the suggested lenders that are listed.)
  2. Once a lender has been selected, please follow the link to your choice of lender. You will be redirected to the lender website to complete the application process.
  3. Print and submit the Self-Certification Form to the Financial Aid Office for completion after you have received approval of the loan from your lender. (This form must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office before your loan can be certified.)
  4. Once your loan has been certified, your student account will reflect the amount for which you were approved.

SUGGESTED LENDERS:

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