Federal Perkins Loan
Who Is Eligible?
The Federal Perkins Loan is a low interest loan awarded to students who are either U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. The student must have completed all necessary financial aid documents and be enrolled full time. If the student is eligible for the Federal Perkins Loan it will be reflected on the student's award letter.
Amount of Eligibility
Award amounts vary from year to year, but cannot exceed the $4,000 annual maximum.
The interest rate for this loan is 5% fixed.
If the student was eligible for a Federal Perkins Loan (see the student's award letter) a promissory note and disclosure form must be completed. The Business Office will mail Perkins Loan promissory notes to you in early August. The promissory notes will also be available to you during Orientation and/or Registration. In addition, a Financial Aid Conditions & Authorizations form must be completed with the Office of Financial Aid.
Your Federal Perkins Loan funds will be applied to your Whittier College student account in two disbursements. The first disbursement will arrive in the fall semester with the second disbursement in the spring.
Repayment begins nine months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled full time. The maximum repayment period is ten years. There are many loan forgiveness programs which may forgive all or part of the Federal Perkins loan.