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A loan funded by the U.S. Department of Education that is awarded by the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) to eligible undergraduate students whose total Estimated Financial Assistance (EFA) is less than their Cost of Attendance (COA).

The Department of Education defers repayment of the loan principal while the student is enrolled at least half-time (6 hours), and for the first six months after the student graduates, leaves school, or enrolls in fewer than 6 hours.

The student is responsible for paying the interest on the outstanding principal during all periods, including times of approved deferred principal payments; however, the student can elect to capitalize the interest.


  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.
  • The UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) will include the loan amount for which the student is eligible on his or her Award on Athena which the student must then accept or decline.
  • If a first-time borrower at UGA, or if otherwise required, the student must complete the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note applicable to Federal Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans. See the Undergraduate Students section under Federal Direct Loan (FDL) Application Steps for more information.



Cancelling your Federal Direct Student Loan

If your loan has not yet been disbursed to you, you can cancel it at any time in one of the following ways:

If your loan money has already been disbursed, either by crediting the funds to your student account or paying it directly to you, there are two ways to cancel all or part of your loan:

  • You can notify Student Accounts Services that you wish to cancel your loan within 14 days of their notification to you that your loan funds have been credited to your account or by the first day of classes, whichever is later. If the loan funds have been used to pay for all of or a portion of your account charges, you must make other arrangements to pay those charges prior to established deadlines.
  • Within 120 days of the date UGA disburses your loan money, you may return all or part of the loan to the U.S. Department of Education. Contact your loan servicer for instructions on how to do this.

You do not have to pay interest or the loan fee on the part of your loan that is cancelled or returned within the timeframes described above, and if you received an up-front interest rebate, the rebate does not apply. Your loan will be adjusted to eliminate any interest, loan fee, and rebate amount that applies to the amount of the loan that is cancelled or disbursed.

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