Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans

Questions?

For Prospective Students:
Phone: 202-885-6500
Fax: 202-885-1025
E-mail: facounselor@american.edu

For Current or Continuing Students:
Phone: 202-885-8000
Email: financialaid@american.edu

Contact Information


Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans are federally supported, low-interest student loans with flexible repayment options. Subsidized loans are offered to undergraduate students who are eligible on the basis of calculated need, while unsubsidized loans are available to both undergraduate and graduate students even for those who do not qualify for need-based financial aid.

All applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for determination of Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loan eligibility. Students must also complete Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note before the INITIAL disbursement of a Direct Loan can be made.

Financial Aid Deadlines

Early Decision I: CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Nov. 15, FAFSA: Feb. 15
Early Decision II: CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Jan. 15, FAFSA: Feb. 15
Regular Decision Freshman: FAFSA & CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Feb. 15
Transfer: FAFSA & CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Mar. 1
Current (Continuing) AU Students: FAFSA: May 1

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