Federal Stafford Loan

You must be enrolled in at least 6 credits to receive Stafford Loans


Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans are need-based loans that must be repaid.   4.66% fixed interest rate, 1.072% origination fee, federal government pays interest while enrolled at least half time, 6 month grace period


Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are non-need-based loans that must be repaid. 4.66% fixed interest rate, 1.072% origination fee, interest is charged from the time you receive the funds, 6 month grace period

Annual Stafford Loan limits

Year in School Credit Hours
Independent or dependent w/PLUS denial



$3,500 + 2,000

$3,500 + $6,000



$4,500+ 2,000

$4,500 + $6,000



$5,500+ 2,000

$5,500 + $7,000



$5,500+ 2,000

$5,500 + $7,000

Aggregate Subsidized Loan Limit


Combined Aggregate Subsidized & Unsubsidized

Dependent—$31,000 Independent—$57,500

To check your current Federal Loan  balance you can go to www.NSLDS.ed.gov

You will need your FAFSA Pin to log in.

PLUS Loans

The Federal Stafford PLUS Loan (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students) is a parent loan. The borrower in this program is the parent of a dependent undergraduate student. Repayment begins 60 days after the second disbursement of the loan and continues while the student is enrolled. The maximum repayment period is 10 years.

For more information or to apply for the Parent PLUS loan, please visit www.studentloans.gov

Alternative Student Loan

Private Loans

Private educational loans are credit-based consumer loans that can be used to pay any post-secondary education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, room and board, books, and transportation. Always consider your lowest-cost options first, including grants, scholarships, and federal student loans. After exhausting loan opportunities available from the federal aid programs, some students may consider private loan programs as an additional source of funding. Iowa Wesleyan University maintains a list of suggested private loan lenders that we believe offer strong customer service, competitive loan terms, and easy loan processing. Eligibility for private loans is based on credit-worthiness and ability to repay, not on financial need. While private loans are borrowed by the student, most private loans require a co-signer and offer deferment of principal payments while the student is enrolled.

Students may borrow from any lender they choose and are not required to use a lender on Iowa Wesleyan’s preferred lender list. Iowa Wesleyan University will process loans from any eligible lender you select. Loans will be disbursed in two equal payments at the beginning of the fall and spring terms or summer terms if applicable.

Preferred Lender List Disclosures

In an effort to provide better counseling services to our students, Iowa Wesleyan University has entered into a preferred lender arrangement (PLA). Federal and state law mandates that we must provide the following disclosures in association with this process:

Lender Selection:

Affiliation: Lenders chosen for this list are not affiliated with one another.

Federal Financial Aid Options: Federal and state law also mandates that Iowa Wesleyan disclose the maximum amounts of Federal Grant and Loan assistance that are available. Maximum eligibility for Federal financial aid is based on the results of the FAFSA and is outlined on the student’s award. Federal financial aid has better terms and conditions than private student loans and we strongly encourage students to utilize those resources first. The following is a list of maximum awards in each program:

  • Pell Grant – $5,775
  • SEOG – $4,000 (Award amounts are dependent on federal funding with a typical Iowa Wesleyan award maximum being $500)
  • TEACH Grant – $4,000
  • Stafford Loan – $5,500 (first year class); $6,500 (second year class); $7,500 (third and fourth year class and above); Independent students can receive an additional $4,000 (first and second year class) or $5,000 (third year class and above) Lifetime aggregate for Stafford loan = $31,000 for dependent students and $57,500 for independent students.
  • Perkins Loan – $5,500 (Award amounts are dependent on federal funding with a typical Iowa Wesleyan award maximum being $2000 for students with exceptional need)
  • PLUS Loan – a credit-based loan for parent borrowers with a maximum determined by the difference between cost of attendance and the student’s financial aid award

State Financial Aid Options: Click on State Scholarships and Grants for information on financing options that are available in the state of Iowa.

Favorable Terms and Conditions of Title IV Loans: If it is necessary to finance your education with loans, a Federal Direct Stafford loan should be your first choice. Stafford loans are fixed-rate student loans guaranteed by the government. They can be used to pay for educationally related expenses. Stafford loans have a number of benefits all designed to help make paying for college more affordable. Subsidized Federal Direct loans have a fixed rate of 4.66% for the 2014-2015 academic year. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans have a fixed rate of 4.66%. The interest rate will remain fixed for the life of the loan until repayment is complete.

Another benefit of Stafford loans is that the repayment plans are designed to provide flexibility for any budget. Once you complete school and enter repayment, you will have the option to pick from a number of helpful plans:

  • Standard Repayment – A fixed amount each month based on your principal and interest.
  • Graduated Repayment – Lower payments at the beginning of repayment then, over time, payments increase.
  • Income Based Repayment – Monthly payments are based on yearly income and loan amount.
  • Extended Repayment – For loans totaling more than $30,000, this plan offers a choice of fixed or graduated payments over a period of up to 25 years.

Preferred Lender List

The Financial Aid Office is utilizing FASTChoice, a loan comparison tool offered by Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation which allows students to compare up to three different loans side-by-side. By clicking on the following link, you will be directed away from the Iowa Wesleyan University website. We encourage you to bookmark this page for future reference. Enter FASTChoice now to view private loan products that are a part of Iowa Wesleyan University’s preferred lender list.

If you have additional questions regarding private loans, please contact the Financial Aid Office at Iowa Wesleyan University.

Preferred Lender Arrangements are required to be reviewed annually to ensure competitive products interest of the student borrower is being offered. Please provide us with feedback regarding any positive and/or negative aspects that may have been experienced when working with a particular lender. Feedback can be sent to financialaid@iw.edu or please call 319-385-6242.

As of Fall 2015 Iowa Wesleyan University began phasing out the Federal Perkins Loan Program, for first time, first year students.