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Most graduate students take out loans to help pay a portion of their school bill. Weigh your options to make sure you're borrowing loans you can manage.

Refer to your financial aid award to see what loans you're eligible to borrow.

Which loan is best for you?

Take a look at the differences between educational loan programs to find the best loan based on your eligibility.

Direct Unsubsidized Loans Direct PLUS Loans Private Loans

1.051% (after 7/1/2013)

4.204% (after 7/1/2013)

Make payments while in school? Interest accrues. Optional in-school payment. Yes Yes
Interest rate 6.21% fixed (first disbursed 7/1/2014 - 6/30/2015) 7.21% fixed (first disbursed 7/1/2014 - 6/30/2015) Varies
Repayment 10 years 10 years Varies (10+
More info Unsubsidized Loans PLUS Loans Private Loans

*Note - Graduate and professional students are no longer eligible to receive Federal Direct Subsidized Loans after 7/1/2012.

What's the average student loan debt?

The average student loan debt of borrowers who graduated from Bethel's Graduate School between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, was $29,844. Assuming a 6.8% interest rate and 10 years to repay their loans, average graduate student borrowers will make monthly loan payments of about $343.

How much should you borrow?

It’s important to avoid borrowing more than you’ll be able to repay after graduation. A reasonable monthly student loan payment would be 8-10% of your monthly income.

The Budget Calculator and Loan Payment Calculator offered by the U.S. Department of Education are good tools to help plan your expenses and loan debt.

Take a look at this chart based on a 10-year repayment period to see what your monthly payments could look like. Payments reflect a 6.8% interest rate.

Sample loan repayment:

Amount Borrowed Estimated Monthly Payment
$3,500 $50
$5,500 $63
$7,500 $86
$10,500 $121
$15,000 $173
$18,500 $213
$23,000 $265
$31,000 $357
$40,000 $460
$50,000 $575
$60,000 $690
$65,500 $754
$80,000 $920
$100,000 $1,151
$138,500 $1,594