The Office of Financial Aid at Wisconsin Lutheran College guides students and parents through the loan application process.
We encourage students and parents to discuss and create a plan for college tuition payments. Examine your estimated out-of-pocket costs and consider taking advantage of our payment plans. Although loans should not be a family’s first option to pay for school, many students may need to borrow to pay
a portion of their education costs.
Select a heading below to explore loan programs options.
For loans disbursed in 2020-2021
These fixed rate federal loans for students enable you to borrow for college now and repay after college. No income or credit history is required.
Your FAFSA determines the type of loan you can receive. Your loan eligibility for the year is reflected on your financial aid offer. You will be eligible for a subsidized loan, an unsubsidized loan, or a combination of both.
Federal government pays your interest while you are enrolled at least half time.
Interest accrues and can either be paid periodically while you are in school or capitalized (added to the principal of your loan to repay later).
Maximum annual loan eligibility is:
Maximum total undergraduate loan eligibility is:
Your Direct Loan eligibility is listed on your financial aid offer. You can borrow the entire amount listed, a portion of it, or none at all. You will choose the amount that you plan to borrow when you accept your offer in your myFinancialAid link. You will need your Warrior ID and password to log in to your myWLC account.
FIRST TIME BORROWERS: REQUIRED ACTION AFTER MAY 1
1. Log in to studentaid.gov with your FSA ID and password and go to I'm Preparing for School.
2. Do all three required steps.
RETURNING BORROWERS: REQUIRED ACTION AFTER MAY 1
NEW FOR 2021-2022 LOANS
1. Log in to studentaid.gov with your FSA ID and password and go to I'm in School.
The Direct PLUS Loan program enables parents to borrow funds to pay the education expense of each child who is a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half time.
The WLC PLUS Partner Program is Wisconsin Lutheran College's commitment to you to help pay a portion of the interest on your PLUS loan. That's right; WLC will pay a designated amount of the interest for a maximum of four years while your son or daughter is enrolled at Wisconsin Lutheran College. You might call it a "value-added" Federal Direct PLUS Loan. Learn more about this unique opportunity!
Determine the amount you need to borrow through a Direct PLUS Loan for the entire school year. A 4.228% fee will be subtracted from the amount borrowed.
One half of the amount that you borrow (minus 4.228% fee) will be disbursed to Wisconsin Lutheran College for your student's first semester bill. The other one half of the amount (minus 4.228% fee) will be disbursed for your student's second semester bill. Loan funds are applied directly to your student's bill.
Be aware: The system will allow you to request a "maximum" amount. That amount may be more than what you need to pay your student's WLC bill for the year. If you only want to cover your student's bill, do not request "maximum."
TO APPLY FOR A PLUS LOAN AFTER MAY 1
1. Log in to studentaid.gov with PARENT FSA ID and password. Go to I'm a Parent.
2. Complete Your Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement.
3. Apply for Parent PLUS Loan.
4. First-time Plus borrower also Complete MPN (i.e. Loan Agreement) for Parent PLUS Loan.
You will receive a Disclosure Statement from the Department of Education via email or mail at the time of the first disbursement in fall. The Disclosure Statement is your confirmation that your loan has been processed. You can also view your Disclosure Statement online at studentaid.gov when the loan is first disbursed.
You have the right to cancel or lower your loan at anytime by contacting the WLC Financial Aid Office.
If your PLUS request has been denied, contact the Office of Financial Aid at Wisconsin Lutheran College at 414.443.8856 or via email.
Private education loans are specific consumer loans in the student's name offered by private lenders to help pay education expenses for the year. These need to be researched very carefully as they are not federal loans. Our office recommends utilizing WLC payment plans and Federal Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized and PLUS loans first before borrowing a private education loan.
WLC Private Loan Options
Remember to borrow only what is needed when using a private education loan. Compare loan programs to determine the program that is best for you.
Wisconsin Lutheran College officials select private lenders based on the best interest of the students. The criteria includes but is not limited to benefits offered to the borrower, customer service provided to the borrower, ease of applying for loans and timely processing. The list includes three or more lenders and is reviewed annually to ensure that the lenders continue to meet our criteria. Borrowers can select a lender from the list or any other lender of their choice.
Wisconsin Lutheran College prohibits officials from accepting benefits (financial or other) from lenders. These prohibitions include: participating in revenue-sharing arrangements where Wisconsin Lutheran College would receive revenue for recommending lenders to students; accepting gifts of more than minimal value including trips and entertainment; allowing contracting arrangements related to education loans; assigning students to a specific lender or refusing to certify a loan from a specific lender; accepting offers of funds for private loans; accepting assistance with office staffing from a lender; and receiving anything of value from a lender, guarantor or group for serving on an advisory board except for reimbursement of reasonable expenses incurred for serving on the board.
Wisconsin Lutheran College is allowed to accept training materials, training sessions, assistance with entrance and exit loan counseling sessions as long as the presenter does not promote the services of a specific lender and philanthropic contributions as long as they are not related to education loans.
You can borrow from a lender of your choice or from a lender listed on the WLC Private Loan Options site.
WLC PRIVATE LOAN OPTIONS SITE
Entrance counseling is required of all first time student borrowers. If you are borrowing federal loans for the first time at WLC, you must complete this session before your loan funds can be disbursed.
Exit counseling is a federal requirement before you withdraw, graduate, or drop below half-time attendance (even if you are planning to transfer to another school). The session includes information on repayment options for your federal loans and will take about 30 minutes to complete.
Questions? Contact the Office of Financial Aid by phone at 414.443.8856 or via email.
Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement is a yearly federal requirement for all Direct Subsidized, unsubsidized, and PLUS borrowers starting for loans borrowed for the 2021-2022 academic year.