When do I have to begin repaying a Stafford Loan?

where will the money come from?After you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time, there is a six-month grace period before you have to make a payment on your Stafford Loan(s). During this time, you will receive information about repayment and your first payment due date. You are responsible for repaying your loan(s) on time, even if you don’t receive this information. Payments are usually due monthly.

For Subsidized Stafford Loans for which the first disbursement is made on or after July 1, 2012, and before July 1, 2014, students will be responsible for the interest that accrues on the loan during the grace period. If a student does not pay the interest accrued, the interest will be capitalized to the principal amount of their loan when the grace period ends.


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