Now is the time to begin managing your loans and preparing for repayment. When you graduate, drop below half-time (less than 3 credits for master's degree students or 6 credits for licensure-only students) or otherwise leave Bethel you will want to be prepared.
1. Borrow Wisely.
2. Complete exit counseling.
If you've received federal loans or the TEACH grant, you must complete exit counseling to go over your rights and responsibilities.
- Subsidized and Unsubsidized exit counseling can be completed on the StudentLoans.gov website.
- TEACH Grant exit counseling can be completed through the U.S. Department of Education on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).
- SELF Counseling can be completed with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
3. Consider Repayment Options.
Visit the How to Repay Your Loans section of studentaid.gov to explore payment plan options for your federal direct loans. Information about other topics such as loan forgiveness, cancellation or discharge is also available here.
You will work with the servicer of your loan to manage the repayment of your federal loans and select a repayment plan. The standard repayment plan has equal payment amounts each month over a 10 year time period, but there are also other income based repayment options which are available.
Perhaps you want to consider loan consolidation. Consolidating loans could help you manage your finances with fewer monthly payments and a fixed interest rate. Learn more about the pros and cons of consolidating your federal loans. You may also wish to explore consolidating your private loans.
Dropping below half-time status? See Bethel's policies for refunds of tuition and financial aid.