Applying for a US Federal Direct Loan at UvA
On this page you will find instructions for starting your loan application, using your loan to pay for tuition fee or your visa application, and more.
See this checklist for a quick overview of the application steps:
And use the Student Loan Guide for general information about the various loans and using them at UvA.
We recommend that you create a folder on your computer where you keep a version of all your US Loan documents, since they hold important information for during your loan period and beyond.
How long does it take to apply for a US Direct Loan?
A regular application takes about four weeks to complete. To guarantee that you will receive the loan funds on time for your visa or tuition fee (see below), please consider the following deadlines:
Deadlines for finalized applications 1st semester:
- 1 August 2022 - Access to Financial Aid in September
- 1 September 2022 - Access to Financial Aid in October
- 1 November 2022 - Access to Financial Aid in December
Deadlines for finalized applications 2nd semester:
- 1 January 2023 - Access to Financial Aid in February
- 1 February 2023 - Access to Financial Aid in March
- 1 April 2023 - Access to Financial Aid in May
Using your loan to pay for tuition fee
If you take out a Federal Direct Loan, you should not pay tuition fee yourself, as the UvA will deduct your tuition fee from your loan amount. To do so, you need to complete both your loan application and your enrolment with UvA before 20 August.
To complete the payment part of your enrolment:
- If you have an IBAN: complete your enrolment with the UvA by authorizing the payment option of direct debit in Studielink.
- If you do not have your IBAN yet: complete your enrolment with the UvA by selecting the option 'other payment method' in Studielink and contacting the Financial Aid Office for further instructions, before 10 August.
A completed loan application will override the option you have selected in Studielink.
Using your loan to prove financial means during your visa application
You can use your loan to demonstrate sufficient financial means during the application for your via / residence permit. Once you have completed your loan application with UvA, you will receive a letter that you can use for your visa application. We are aware of the deadline for your dossier and in good contact with the Immigration Office.
How do I start my loan application?
Before you can start your application, you need file your Student Aid Report (FAFSA). Your US Direct Loan application with UvA starts by sending us a completed version of your US Direct Loan questionnaire.
We recommend that you create a folder on your computer where you keep a version of all your US Loan documents, such as this questionnaire and the informative guides provided by the Financial Aid Office.
Important regulations and obligations during your loan period
Programme Eligibility & Study Abroad or Internships
Students with a Federal Direct Loan face restrictions in their options to study abroad, including research, field trips and internships. It is important to contact the Financial Aid Office before planning to undertake this kind of activity.
If you do not contact the Financial Aid Office before undertaking an internship or study activity outside of the UvA or the Netherlands, you run the risk to lose your loan eligibility for the entire loan period and possibly beyond, including already received aid.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students applying for or receiving US Federal Aid (Subsidized, Unsubsidized and PLUS) must progress towards satisfactory completion of the study program at the UvA to remain eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
You can find detailed information on this topic in the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy.
Thinking about withdrawing?
If you have taken out loans and are considering withdrawing from your program, you will probably have to return (a portion) of the funds. Therefore, you need to contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as you know that you will withdraw.
You can find detailed information on this topic in the Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) Policy.
After my loan period
Repayment of Federal Student Loans
It is very important for you to understand that you will have to pay back your loans, what will happen if you do not pay them back on time, and what your choices are. We therefore strongly recommend that you read the ‘Default Prevention & Management Guide’, so that you are aware of the obligations you have when you have taken out a loan.
You are obliged to complete a Direct Loan Exit Counseling session after you have borrowed through the UvA. This session is designed to make you aware of your repayment responsibilities, familiarize you with your lender(s), give you examples of repayment schedules, and to answer any other questions you may have regarding your loan(s).
Please complete the Federal Direct Exit Loan Counseling session at www.studentloans.gov. For more information, please go the Federal Student Aid website.
Important documents and contacts
- Instructions checklist (PDF, 1p.) - Overview of application documents needed
- Student Loan Guide 2022-2023 (PDF, 11p.): for general information about direct loans and using them at UvA
- SAP policy 2022-2023 (PDF, 8p.) - The Satisfactory Academic Progress policy
- R2T4 policy 2022-2023 (PDF, 4p.) - The policy for withdrawal and leave of absence
- Repayment and Default Prevention (PDF, 9p.) - Information about how to repay your loans and what happens if you don’t
- Federal Student Aid website for extensive FAQs for every phase of your aid package
We recommend that you create a folder on your computer where you keep a version of all your US Loan documents, such as the questionnaire and the informative guides provided by the Financial Aid Office. They will answer most of your questions.
Any other questions on your US Direct Loan? Get in touch with the Financial Aid Office
- Jenny Fang (she/her)
- Tel.: +31 6 18 42 42 77
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org