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Financial Aid at Husson University


Husson University is committed to providing an outstanding quality education at an affordable price. Our reasonable and competitive tuition costs are the lowest possible for a private institution without state subsidies. Even after all financial aid resources are taken into account, you may find that you still need to pay a portion of your Husson University charges (tuition, fees and room and board if living on campus). Don't forget that Federal Work Study is paid directly to the student via bi-weekly paychecks and not credited to your student account. You may wish to finance the portion you owe. Various programs are available to students and their families. Here is a description of the major loan programs:

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William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans

Federal Direct Loans are obtained through the federal government and they come in two varieties: subsidized and unsubsidized. Subsidized loans are only available to students demonstrating financial need, whereas Unsubsidized loans are available to students who do not qualify for a Subsidized Direct Loan but are otherwise eligible for financial aid. The Unsubsidized Direct Loan is also available to some independent students or dependent students whose parents do not qualify for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan. The interest on a subsidized loan is partially paid for by the government, while the interest on an unsubsidized loan is paid entirely by the borrower.

Direct Subsidized Loans:

  • Direct Subsidized Loans are available to undergraduate students with financial need and enrolled in at least half time (6 credits)
  • Your school determines the amount you can borrow, and the amount may not exceed your financial need.
  • The U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on a Direct Subsidized Loan
  • While you're in school at least half-time, for the first six months after you leave school (referred to as a grace period), and during a period of deferment (a postponement of loan payments).


Direct Unsubsidized Loans:

  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to undergraduate and graduate students; there is no requirement to demonstrate financial need.
  • Your school determines the amount you can borrow based on your cost of attendance and other financial aid you receive.
  • You are responsible for paying the interest on a Direct Unsubsidized Loan during all periods.
  • If you choose not to pay the interest while you are in school and during grace periods and deferment or forbearance periods, your interest will accrue (accumulate) and be capitalized (that is, your interest will be added to the principal amount of your loan).

Loan funds will not be disbursed earlier than ten days prior to the start of a semester but Husson University's Financial Aid Office determines the actual disbursement date. Loan funds will not be applied to a student's account until all necessary documents are received by the Financial Aid Office, including Entrance Interviews.

Dependent undergraduate students who do not demonstrate financial need for a Subsidized Direct Loan may borrow through this program. Combined Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans may not exceed the established annual loan limits. Dependent students whose parents cannot qualify for a Federal Parent Direct PLUS loan may qualify for additional loan amounts. Independent undergraduate students may borrow through the Subsidized Direct Loan program as well as through the Unsubsidized Direct Loan program if they demonstrate sufficient need.

Federal Direct PLUS Loan

Parents of students, and some graduate students, can apply for a PLUS loan, which carries a low interest rate (5.30% for loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2020) and usually allows up to 10 years for repayment. If you or your parents would like further information on this program, please go to

PLUS Loan Policy for Husson Financial Aid Office

If a parent is denied on Parent PLUS Loan application, the student must request that the additional unsubsidized loan funds be added to their award. The student may make the request by phone or by email. The amount must be divided between fall and spring semesters, or the allotment may be adjusted at the discretion of the Financial Aid Office.

Student Alternative Loans

These are private loans that are not associated with the Federal Direct Loan programs and also require credit checks and most often a co-borrower. It is advised to carefully compare and research all of your options to find out which is the best option for you, we do recommend accepting any Federal Loans before considering private loans.

Note that alternative loan borrowers are required to file the FAFSA.

To look at the alternative loan options please use our free tool at

Educators for Maine Program

This forgivable loan program is available to Maine residents pursuing careers in education. Eligible undergraduate students may receive up to $3,000 a year. These loans can be forgiven by teaching in a public school in Maine upon graduation; otherwise, repayment begins with an interest rate of 5%. For additional information, please contact the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) at 1.800.228.3734 or go to

Important Information about Borrowing and Repaying Student Loans

Whether you're borrowing federal or private student loans, different organizations (lenders, servicers, collection agencies, and more) play a part to ensure you receive and repay your money on time. For more information please review the following site for more about loans from  IonTuition - Click Here

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.  The U.S. Department of Education releases official cohort default rates once per year. 

FY 17 Husson University Cohort Default Rate: 8%
FY 17 National Cohort Default Rate: 9.7%

80% of students enrolled at Husson University borrow federal student loans.

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