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Federal Aid

Federal Aid

The Seminary participates in three federal financial aid programs: the William D. Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan Program, the Federal Perkins Loan Program, and the Federal Work Study Program. These TITLE IV Federal Aid Programs can be used to meet matriculated students’ unmet financial need for the academic terms in which they are enrolled.

Due to the financial circumstances that most Seminary students face upon completion of their program, we recommend that a student’s borrowing be kept to a minimum. Loans should be considered as a last resort. Students who think they need to borrow after exhausting all other alternatives should contact a member of the financial aid office staff to discuss loan options and their implications.

William D. Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan 

This  Title IV federal loan can provide up to $20,500 in federal loan assistance each academic year. Matriculated degree candidates enrolled at PTS at least half-time may apply for this loan. Federal Direct Loans are made directly from the U.S. Government and are processed through the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

The interest rate for graduate students borrowing through the Federal Direct Loan program is currently 5.41%. Interest will accrue on all loans from the time of disbursement. Students will also have to pay a small origination fee of approximately 1% to process a Federal Direct Loan. This fee is deducted from the loan proceeds at the time of disbursement.  This loan also has a six month grace period following the student borrower’s last date of at least half-time attendance. Repayment then begins on a monthly basis after the grace period expires.

Federal Direct Loans are usually processed in two installments as required by law. PTS students who are first time federal loan borrowers are required to have an Entrance Interview. This entrance interview can be done online at www.studentloans.gov.

Loans are processed through Electronic Funds Transfer, and will be deposited into the student’s account. If the loan proceeds create a credit balance, the Bursar's Office will issue a refund within the federally prescribed time frame for this process.

How to Apply for a Federal Direct Loan

In order to apply for a Federal Direct Loan the following must be completed:

  1. You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to designate PTS as a recipient of your FAFSA results using our federal school code: G02626.
  2. You must complete a Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note and the federally mandated Entrance Counseling. This needs to be done only once during your enrollment at PTS. This can be done electronically at www.studentloans.gov.
  3. You must also complete a Direct Loan request form. This form lets us know how much you wish to borrow in the Direct Loan program. You can access this form at our financial aid forms site.
  4. Return your request form to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.
  5. We may need additional documents in order to process your loan. If we do, we will follow up with you to complete your requirements. Once we have all the required items, we will process your loan, and a new award letter will be sent to you.
Federal Perkins Loan

The Federal Perkins Loan is another need-based federally funded student loan. PTS students who are enrolled in a degree program and demonstrate a high degree of need may be considered for this campus-based federal loan. In this program, the Federal Government provides the Seminary with funds to lend to its neediest students. The Seminary is required to match the government funding from its own funds and with collections from former students who are in repayment. This gives PTS the amount it can spend in any given academic year. Award amounts are based on these factors and can vary from year to year.

The interest rate for the Perkins Loan is currently 5%. No interest accrues while the student is enrolled at least half-time. Student borrowers are entitled to a nine-month grace period after they cease to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis. Repayment then begins. A borrower has up to 10 years to repay their loan obligation.

Perkins Loan funds are normally disbursed in two installments (one-half each semester). Recipients must sign the Promissory Note and Truth-In-Lending Statement each semester. The disbursement will then be made to the student’s account. If a credit balance is created by the receipt of these funds, a refund will be issued to the student normally within five working days.

How to Apply for a Federal Perkins Loan

In order to apply for a Federal Perkins Loan, the following must be completed:

  1. You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to designate PTS as a recipient of your FAFSA results using our federal school code: G02626.
  2. You must complete the Perkins Loan Application. You can obtain this application from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or via this website until funds are exhausted for the year.
Federal Work Study

Each year the Federal Government awards the Seminary matching funds used to fill Federal Work Study placements with needy students. Eligible students who wish to be considered for a FWS funded position should first complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to designate PTS as a recipient of your FAFSA results using our federal school code: G02626. Then, you must complete the FWS application. Students may contact our office to obtain an application or download it directly here.

FWS timesheets are submitted every other week during the academic year and must be signed by both the student and supervisor in accordance with student assignment arrangements. More information is available by reading the Student and Spouse Employment Guide, available from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.