Federal Perkins Loans

If you have received notification from the Office of Student Financial Aid that you were awarded a Federal Perkins Loan, visit the Account Analyst Area in the Office of the Controller to sign your promissory note.

The information contained here is designed to answer general questions concerning your Federal Perkins Loan and provide a brief overview of the benefits available to borrowers.

Federal Perkins Loans are low-interest, long-term loans made through the university to help finance post-secondary educational costs. These loans are funded through matching funds from the federal government and Indiana State University. Although this is a federal loan, all payments are made directly to Indiana State University. By paying back your loan, you enable other students to receive new loans to fund their education. All Perkins Loans are reported to credit bureaus from your first disbursement to the time you pay the loan in full.

The Account Analysts are here to help you at any time during the life of your loan. Please contact us in Parsons Hall, Room 100, or by phone (812) 237-3511 if you have any questions or concerns with your loan. Please also contact the Account Analysts if your personal information changes (e.g., withdraw from the University, transfer, drop below half-time enrollment, name change, Social Security Number change, address change, join the military, etc.).

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Entrance Interview

You must complete an Entrance Interview prior to receiving each disbursement of your Perkins Loan. Your loan will not disburse without it! You will receive important loan information during this interview. Entrance Interviews are done at the Account Analyst windows in Parsons Hall, Room 100.  Please bring 2 references with different addresses than yours and parent contact information with you to the entrance interview.

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Exit Interview

Prior to graduating or leaving the university, you must complete an Exit Interview for your Perkins Loan. The Account Analysts will once again go over the benefits and responsibilities of your loan. Exit Interviews are completed at the Account Analyst windows. Information regarding your Exit Interview will be e-mailed to you prior to graduation.


The interest rate is 5% fixed and is charged on the unpaid principle balance of your loan.

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Grace Period

You will receive a 9-month grace period that begins when you cease enrollment or drop below half-time status. Half-time status (determined by the Office of Registration and Records) is 6 credit hours for undergraduate students and 5 credit hours for graduate students.

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Repayment of your loan begins when the grace period expires. The amount of your monthly payment will depend on the total amount that you have borrowed. This amount will be furnished to you during your exit interview.

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Benefits FoR a Perkins Loan - YOU HAVE OPTIONS!

There are various types of Perkins Loans depending on the date of the first disbursement. Each type has different benefits available to borrowers. You may qualify for a deferment of principle and/or interest. There are also numerous types of cancellations available to borrowers. If you qualify, the federal government will cancel a portion of your loan each year until your loan is paid in full.

Please contact the Account Analysts at (812) 237-3511 or visit them in Parsons Hall, Room 100, or check your promissory note for the types of cancellations available to determine if the federal government will pay your loan in full.

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Delinquent Loans

Delinquent loans are first assigned to our in-house collections department. We realize that there are many circumstances that may make it difficult for you to pay on your loan. There are many ways to avoid defaulting on your student loan. Contact the Account Analysts in Parsons Hall, Room 100, or by phone at (812) 237-3511 to see if a deferment is right for you. Don't risk ruining your credit! Students with delinquent loans may lose all rights to eligible benefits and are reported to national credit bureaus.  Again, you have options!

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