Danville Community College participates exclusively in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program which includes Subsidized Student Loans, Unsubsidized Student Loans and Parent Loans. The Federal Government is the lender in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Students and parents interested in federal student and parent loans will be required to apply through the Federal Direct Student Loan Program and complete master promissory notes. If you decide to borrow a loan, your loan information will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and schools determined to be authorized users of the data system. Loans are currently disbursed in two installments in a given semester. The Department of Education sends out the cohort default rate twice a year, a draft in February and the official rate in September. Currently, the college default rate is at 18%. We strongly urge you to borrow only what is absolutely needed to prevent future debt. Please Note: To qualify for a private loan, you must be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours.
For additional information on the Federal Direct Student Loan Program, please click on the following links:
- General Direct Loan Information
- Direct Loan Consolidation Information
- Direct Loan Servicing Information
How to Apply for a Federal Direct Student Loan
To apply for a Federal Direct Student Loan, students must meet basic eligibility criteria and complete the following steps:
- First-time applicants complete Federal Direct Student Loan Entrance Counseling.
- First-time applicants complete a Federal Direct Student Loan Master Promissory Note.
- All applicants must submit a DCC a Loan Request Form. The Loan Request Form can be found on the DCC Financial Aid web page under Financial Aid Forms or requested in the Financial Aid Office. Complete the form and submit it to the Financial Aid Office.
Right to Refuse a Loan
You have the right to refuse Federal Stafford Loans even after you have signed the promissory note. If you choose to cancel or reduce the loan award, you must submit your refusal in writing to the Financial Aid Office. If you have outstanding charges at the time of refusal, you must pay them in full at that time.
Federal Stafford Loan Exit Counseling
Exit counseling for students not enrolled in the current semester or who drop below six credits is available at www.StudentLoans.gov.
Lending Statement Regarding Preferred Lender Lists and Preferred Lender Arrangements
Danville Community College does not recommend specific student loan lenders, nor does it have a preferred lender list or preferred lender arrangement. Students may borrow from any lender that offers educational student loans. As always, we strongly urge you to borrow only what is absolutely needed to prevent future debt. Please Note: To qualify for a private loan, you must be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours.
Educational Credit Management Corporation
Danville Community College uses Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC), which educates students about Student Loan Basics, Preventing Default, Resolving Default and Bankruptcy. DCC provides Financial Literacy to students through a free online financial resource called iGrad. iGrad is a tool for better managing money, tackling student loans and preparing for a career.