Loans & Financing Options
After you are awarded all possible federal or institutional grants and scholarships after your admittance to WPI, any remaining need you experience may be filled by a number of public and private loans.
These loans are a great way to make your dream of college a reality, and have monthly and long-term repayment options to lessen the impact of college debt during school and after graduation.
Student loans are financial aid that must be repaid. Most educational loans (with the exception of private/alternative credit based loans) are part of the William D. Ford Direct Federal Loan program (DL).
Federal Direct Loans
- The Federal Direct Subsidized Loan is a need-based loan. Because it is subsidized, the federal government pays the interest while you are enrolled in school at least half time.
- As the name suggests, the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is not subsidized by the federal government. You are responsible for paying the interest while enrolled in school or you may defer interest payments until repayment begins. Students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which enables WPI to determine eligibility for the loans. The federal government sets annual borrowing limits according to year in school or grade level (undergraduate students are also eligible to borrow an additional unsubsidized Stafford Loan in the amount of $2,000 a year):
- First-year students = $3,500
- Second-year students = $4,500
- Third- and fourth-year students = $5,500
- Graduate students = $20,500
A student's grade level is determined by the number of credits earned prior to the start of the academic year in which the loan funds are being awarded:
- Senior/4th year = 102 credits earned
- Junior/3rd year = 66 credits earned
- Sophomore/2nd year = 30 credits earned
WPI Average Student Debt
- WPI students graduating in 2018 have a federal average student debt level of $25,862. For more detailed information on financial aid statistics and debt levels, please visit the National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator
Massachusetts No Interest Loan
- This program offers a zero-interest, long-term student loan to financially needy Massachusetts residents to help meet postsecondary educational costs. Learn more about borrowers’ responsibilities (PDF).
You do not apply separately for this loan. Students need to file a FAFSA before the MA State deadline (May1 each year) to be eligible.
The individual schools receive an allocation of funds each year, which changes from year to year. The school will award these funds to students based on a number of criteria starting with our neediest students. If you are eligible for this funding the WPI Office of Financial Aid will notify you sometime during the academic year. In most cases this loan is replacing your awarded WPI Manning Institute Loan which has a fixed 5% interest rate, it is not added as additional funding to your award.
WPI Institutional Loans
- WPI offers its own institutional loans to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. WPI Loans are typically awarded to students in their junior and senior year. Repayment of both principal and interest (currently fixed at 5%) begins nine months after the recipient ceases enrollment or falls below half time enrollment status. WPI Loans include the following:
- Oliver Brewster Institute
- Davis Fund Institute
- Kinnicutt Fund Institute
- Knowles Institute
- Koppers Institute
- Manning Institute
- Stewart Fund Institute
- Ward Institute
Monthly Payment Plan
Students and their families may choose to repay over two six month periods (June - November for fall balances, December - May for spring balances) through Tuition Management Services. There are no charges or interest beyond the $55 per term application fee. Visit our Bursar's Office website for more information.
Federal Parent PLUS Loan
Many of these loans are deferred while the student is enrolled at least half-time; some require interest-only payments while enrolled. Interest does accrue while the loan is deferred. Repayment begins six months after graduation or whenever enrollment drops below half time. There are no prepayment penalties on any of these loans.
- Federal PLUS Loan. For parents the federal government offers the Parent PLUS Loan. For further details about the PLUS loan including interest rates and fees which are adjusted annually please visit this page. Payment may be deferred while the student is enrolled at least half time. All federal loans are processed through the Federal Direct Loan Program. How to apply for a PLUS loan
PLUS Loan Calculator
Private Loans - WPI uses ELM SELECT as a tool to provide students and parents with information about alternative / private loans our students have used in the past. ELM SELECT allows you to compare several items such as loan rates, length of repayment, monthly payment amounts, etc. (The WPI Office of Financial Aid does not endorse or recommend a particular program)
Students from Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Wisconsin are eligible to borrow a Bank of North Dakota (BND) DEAL student loan. BND does not list their product on ELM SELECT for WPI because of the small number of students that may be eligible. If you are a resident of one of these states and are interested in information about the BND DEAL student loan please visit BND's website directly.
Graduate Federal PLUS Loans
Preferred Lender Disclaimer
PLEASE NOTE: The lenders list on WPI's Office of Financial Aid website and on printed materials are recommendations only and students have the option of using these lenders or they may elect to use lenders of their own choosing. The list is a historical survey of lenders our students have borrowed from in the past 5 years. WPI is in no way induced to choose any of the lenders appearing on their lists and we abide by the code of conduct followed by NASFAA members. Students are encouraged to maximize their federal loan borrowing (subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Direct loans) before using alternative / private loans, and Parents are encouraged to compare the Federal PLUS Loans to the alternative / private loan options they may be considering.
Federal Exit Counseling
Who is required to complete exit counseling?
This may include, but is not limited to:
- dropping below half-time enrollment within a semester
- transferring to another institution
- beginning a leave of absence or withdrawing from WPI
Students who may need to complete exit counseling are sent notifications to their WPI and/or personal emails. They may also receive a letter to the permanent address listed on their student account if they do not have a non-WPI email address on file.
Please note that if you have a Massachusetts No Interest loan or WPI institutional loans, you must complete another exit counseling process in addition to federal exit counseling. You will receive a separate communication from ECSI regarding how to complete this second exit counseling.
How to Complete Exit Counseling
Exit counseling must be completed in a single session, so please plan accordingly. Most students take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete the process online, and you can get started by following these steps:
- Go to the Federal Student Aid website
- Log in with your FSA ID (the same Federal Student Aid ID you use to log in to the FAFSA)
- Under the "My Checklists" section, click the dropdown arrow next to "I'M IN REPAYMENT" and select "Complete Exit Counseling"
- Click on the "START" button on the following screen
How Long Will it Take?
The entire process must be completed in a single session. Most people complete it in 20 to 30 minutes.
Why Is Exit Counseling Important?
After graduating, leaving school, or dropping below half-time enrollment, federal loan borrowers typically enter a grace period, meaning they do not have to make payments on their loans for a set amount of time. You can find out more about the grace period on the Federal Student Aid loan repayment website. But even if you don't have to repay your loans right away, there's still a lot to consider and plan for. That's where exit counseling comes in.
Exit counseling is a process that provides information about your federal loan servicer and can help you understand the details of repayment - such as when repayment starts, how to repay, repayment plans, and what to do if you have trouble making payments. Do not delay!
The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of Education programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data.
You may access your records at https://nsldsfap.ed.gov/login. For more information about repaying your student loan, please contact your loan servicer as listed on your NSLDS record.