Education loans help students and parents finance education costs, making payments more manageable. Grants do not need to be repaid.

Federal loans and grants

Federal educational loans must be repaid once a student is no longer enrolled at least half time.

Federal Direct Student Loans

Available for eligible students taking at least six credits in coursework that counts toward their degree program.  Not based on credit review.  There are two types: Subsidized and Unsubsidized.  The subsidized is need-based and the U.S. Department of Education pays the interest while the student is enrolled at least half-time. Unsubsidized is not need-based and the interest is accruing from the start of the loan while in school.

Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan

Available to eligible graduate students only taking at least six credits in coursework that counts toward their degree program. Fixed rate, credit review is required.

Federal Direct Plus Loan

For parent of dependent student enrolled in an undergraduate program at least half time. PLUS loan, fixed interest, repayment starts 60 days after full disbursement.

Alternative student loans

Obtaining a private loan in the students’ name is based on a credit review. Many times a co-signer is needed. Contact the lender of choice to initiate this type of loan. Alternative loans should only be used as a last resort after exploring all other financial aid options.

Historical Alternative Student Lenders

College of St. Joseph maintains a historical list of all private lenders who have provided funds to our CSJ students since 2011. This list is compiled in alphabetical order and is not in order of preference. CSJ does not endorse or promote any specific private lender. We advise that this loan product type be used as a last resort after all federal loan options have been exhausted.

Choosing a lender is an important financial decision. Choose the lender whose terms best meet your needs. This list is not inclusive of all lenders who offer private student education loans. You may choose any private lender you prefer whether or not they are on the list below.

You may want to consider…

  • What is the interest rate and is it fixed or variable? If variable, what is the maximum interest rate and how often will it change?
  • When is accrued interest capitalized (added to principal balance?)

  • Is a co-signer required? Will having a co-signer lower my interest rate?
  • Are there any application, origination, disbursement or repayment fees?
  • Repayment: When does it start, minimum payment amount, how long will I have to repay the loan, any prepayment penalties, are payments required while I am in school and what options are available if I can’t make my payments?
Private student loan Lender Web site
Citizens Bank Trufit
Discover Student Loan
MEFA-Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority
NJ Class Student Loans hesaa.rog
Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan
State of Alaska Education Loan Program
StudentChoice credit union loan
VSAC Advantage Loan

Federal Grants

Pell Grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) may be available to students, based on availability of funds. Both of these grants are based on need.

Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. In some cases, a student enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.

The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is for the 2014–15 award year (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015) is $5,730. The amount you get, though, will depend on

  • Your financial need,
  • Your cost of attendance,
  • Your status as a full-time or part-time student, and
  • Your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Provides undergraduate students in need with awards ranging from $100 to $4,000.

CSJ Grants

Sisters of St. Joseph Unity Grant

College of St. Joseph will award up to 5 full tuition grants for Mount St. Joseph Academy graduates who directly matriculate to CSJ. The MSJ/CSJ Sisters of St. Joseph Unity Grant is worth more than $40,000 over two years.

CSJ and MSJ wish to recognize the rich legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the two schools they founded in Rutland, VT. The MSJ-to-CSJ partnership supports our ongoing efforts to help make college affordable and accessible. We wish to provide a wonderful opportunity for students to receive a quality education at an affordable cost.

Find more information about the Sisters of St. Joseph Unity Grant here.

Drive to CSJ Grant

College of St. Joseph announced the launch of the Drive to CSJ Grant in September 2015. Save $21,000 in room and board over two years and let CSJ help cover the cost of your campus commute. Experience all of the benefits and savings of living at home while learning on-campus, and have the best of both of both worlds with the Drive to CSJ Grant.

Recipients receive an award that covers, $500 per semester (fall / spring) for the first two years of commuter enrollment (A $2,000 total value).

The following guidelines must be met for eligibility:

  • Available to new, entering full-time undergraduate students (freshmen and transfers) in the fall and spring terms of their first two years of study at CSJ
  • Student must apply and enroll as a commuter
  • Student must meet grant deadline requirements
  • Mount St. Joseph Academy Unity Grant recipients are not eligible

Drive to CSJ Grant Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016. Students must have a complete application (all materials submitted / postmarked) by Feb. 15, 2016.