Graduate FAQs

What is a FAFSA and what do I get from it?

FAFSA is a federal form required of a student who wants to receive federal loans. FAFSA itself is not “money,” rather it gathers your personal financial and household information to give an index to the Financial Aid Office. We then use that index to determine what loans you are eligible for.

I submitted my FAFSA, but you still don’t have the results. Why not?

You probably forgot to list the Ashland University school code (003012) on the FAFSA. Please check to see if the Ashland University code is listed on your FAFSA.

I received my FAFSA results recently. When will you receive them?

We normally receive the results electronically a week to ten days after you receive notification.

I submitted the FAFSA. Why do I have to complete an Ashland University Financial Aid Application?

The FAFSA provides us with an index of how much need you have and also lets us know that you are not in default on previous loans. We don’t know how many hours you are taking or the amount you are requesting unless you complete the Financial Aid Application

I already have my Bachelor’s degree, why am I being asked to provide parental information on my FAFSA?

Bachelor’s Plus and Teacher Licensure students are pursuing a license rather than an additional degree. Therefore, in the FAFSA’s Dependency Status question section, you must answer “No” to working on a master’s or doctorate program. If you cannot answer “Yes” to any of the other Dependency Status questions, you are considered a dependent student and must provide parental information on your FAFSA. Whose house you reside in and who claims you on tax returns have nothing to do with FAFSA Dependency Status.

Can anyone receive a Stafford Loan?

All students who have been accepted in a Bachelor’s Plus, Teacher Licensure, master's or doctoral degree-granting program are eligible to receive Stafford Loans unless they are in default on a previously received Federal Student Loan or have reached the aggregate limit in Stafford Loans. For aggregate loan amounts, see the following questions.

I am a Seminary student, what does that mean?

Seminary students are pursuing master’s or doctoral degree. You are considered a graduate student.

How much may a graduate student borrow?

Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 per year (two consecutive terms), not to exceed the Ashland University budget set for their academic program. Up to $8,500 can be borrowed in Subsidized Stafford Loan funds if the student shows need on the FAFSA. The aggregate limit is $138,500.

How much may a Bachelor’s Plus or Teacher Licensure student borrow?

Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 per year (two consecutive terms), not to exceed the Ashland University budget set for their academic program. Up to $8,500 can be borrowed in Subsidized Stafford Loan funds if the student shows need on the FAFSA. The aggregate limit is $138,500.

What are the terms of a Federal Stafford Loan?

Federal Stafford Loans have a fixed interest rate of 6.8 percent and are deferred while enrolled at least half-time. See more information on loan terms at left.

What’s the difference between Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans?

Subsidized means that the federal government pays the interest while the student is enrolled half-time. Interest accrues on Unsubsidized Loans while the student is in school and can be paid or added to the principal. To find information on paying your interest while in school, contact your loan servicer.

How much Subsidized Loan can I receive?

Your financial aid counselor will determine that from your FAFSA and the budget set for your academic program and list it on your Financial Aid Award.

I was accepted into the program recently. When will my loan be processed?

We process loans in the order of acceptance into the program and when completed paperwork is received. It may take up to two weeks for processing, depending on when the paperwork is received. Acceptance and/or forms received in the last few weeks before the beginning of the term may not be processed in time for registration. It may be necessary for you to pay by credit card and be reimbursed after you attend your first class when your loan has been processed.

If I had a Stafford Loan last year, do I have to reapply?

You must complete a FAFSA and Ashland University Financial Aid Application each academic year, but you should only complete the MPN and entrance counseling once.

What about Summer Session?

Summer Session requires a separate Summer Financial Aid Application. The application is available on our website in February each year.

What if my Stafford Loan isn't enough? What about a Private Education or Federal PLUS Loan?

Most students are eligible for the maximum financial aid budget set by the Financial Aid Office in Stafford Loan funds. In a very few cases, students may be eligible for an additional amount. Information on Private Education Alternative Loans and the PLUS Loan is available on our website.

I asked for more Stafford Loan than I received. Why didn’t I receive it?

Either you requested more than you are eligible for based on federal regulations or more than the budget set for your academic program.

I didn’t ask for enough. How do I get more? I asked for too much. Can I reduce my loan?

Do NOT submit a second Financial Aid Application. Rather, send a note to gradfinancialaid@ashland.edu for additional funds or to reduce your loan; include your student ID number on your request. Requests are NOT taken over the phone.

Can I use loans for correspondence courses?

No, correspondence courses are not eligible for loans.

What about workshop courses?

Workshop courses do not count toward loan eligibility.

I’ve heard about loan forgiveness for teachers. What about it?

If you received a Stafford Loan on or after 10/1/1998 and you teach full-time and have for five years in a low-income school, you might be eligible to have a portion of your loan canceled – up to $5,000. If you teach special education in an elementary or secondary low-income school or math or science in a secondary low-income school for five years, you may be eligible to have up to $17,500 canceled. More information is available at www.studentloans.gov under “Managing Repayment.”

What about repayment of Stafford Loans? How long do I have?

Loans are deferred while you are enrolled at least half-time. Repayment begins after you complete a six-month grace period. Normal repayment is 10 years.

What if I drop out of school for a term? Do I have to pay my loans while I’m not enrolled?

If you are not enrolled at least half-time, your grace period will begin and you will go into repayment six months later. If you have already used a portion or all of your grace period, you may go into repayment sooner. Your loans will again be deferred when you return to school at least half-time.

Have a question that isn't listed?

Contact the Financial Aid Office at gradfinancialaid@ashland.edu or 800.882.1548 x5003 and we’ll be glad to help.

Are the loan funds sent to me or AU and how do I receive my refund?

Loan funds are sent to Ashland University directly. If you were awarded financial aid in excess of the charges and have a credit balance on your student account, you may request a refund check after your first class of the term. Please call Student Accounts at 800.882.1548 to make that request.

I am in the Pre-Doctor of Ministry program, do I qualify for loans?

Federal regulations allow students to receive Stafford loans for up to one consecutive 12-month period for preparatory coursework such as the Pre-D.Min. The 12-month period begins on the first day of the loan period when a student receives his or her first Stafford Loan in the Pre-D.Min. program. Regardless of if a student is enrolled or borrows in consecutive terms, after the 12-month period, Stafford eligibility ends. Pre-D.Min. students are also subject to undergraduate level Stafford Loan limits, up to $12,500 per loan year and an aggregate limit of $57,500. To review your borrowing history, log in with your federal PIN at www.nslds.ed.gov. Upon enrollment in the Doctor of Ministry program, students will fall under regular graduate degree loan eligibility.

Why do you need my tax information?

Either the income information on the FAFSA appears to be in error or the federal government chose your FAFSA for verification. The FAFSA must be accurate and if you were chosen for verification, we are required by the federal government to obtain a copy of your federal tax return transcript before you can receive need-based federal aid (i.e., Work Study or Subsidized Stafford Loan); we can no longer accept copies of your tax return.