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Stafford Loans

Subsidized loans means the government pays the interest while you are in school, and you must have financial need to be eligible for the loan.  Subsidized loan limits are:  Freshmen (0-27 hrs) $3,500; Sophomores (28-57 hrs) $4,500; and Juniors and Seniors (58+ hrs) $5,500. There is an 1.068% loan origination fee required by federal law.

Unsubsidized means you pay all the interest, although you can have the payments deferred until after graduation.  The interest is added to your loan balance.  Dependents students are only eligible for this loan when a parent receives a Parent/PLUS denial.  Unsubsidized loans limits are:  Freshmen and Sophomores (0-57 hrs) $6,000; and Juniors and Seniors (58+ hrs) $7,000. These loans have variable interest rates, capped at 8.25% or less, depending on the year rates.

The FAFSA must be completed in order to receive a federal loan.  No credit checks are required for these loans, and interest rates are low.  Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, not be in loan default, and does not owe a refund on educational grants.

New recipients are required to complete entrance counseling and a master promissory note prior to the certification and disbursement of any federal loan.  Online counseling is available at We must have confirmation that you have completed the loan entrance prior to certifying Stafford loans.

South Carolina Teachers Loans

The South Carolina Teachers Loan program was designed to encourage students to enter the teaching profession.  Loan amounts for this program are: $2,500 per year for Freshmen and Sophomores; and up to $5,000 for other students.  Students can borrow up to $20,000 cumulative maximum.

The Career Changes Loan Program was designed to assist individuals wishing to change careers and enter the teaching profession.  Students may borrow up to an annual amount of $15,000, not to exceed $60,000 cumulative maximum.

Eligibility requirements and other vital information concerning this program can be found at:

If the graduate teaches in a critical need area, their loan can be forgiven at a rate of 20% each year.  If the graduate teaches in both a critical subject and geographical area, their loan can be forgiven at a rate of 33.3% each year of full-time teaching.

Funding is limited and applications are available in late February to early March for the following academic year beginning in August.  The application deadline is June 1st.  Call the office to receive an application or apply online at:

The FAFSA is not required to apply for this loan.

Parent/PLUS Loans

The Parent (PLUS) Program is designed to help credit-worthy parents of dependent students pay educational expenses.  If a parent’s PLUS pre-screen is denied based on the required credit check, their student will be eligible for a Stafford Unsubsidized loan.  There is a 4.272% loan origination fee required by federal law. To determine if you are eligible for a PLUS loan and for more information please refer to the following website:

PLUS loans have variable interest rates capped at 10.5%.  Repayment begins 60 days after the funds are fully disbursed.  The FAFSA is required.  If the FAFSA has been filed, the maximum amount allowable for an approved PLUS loan can be determined by contacting your financial aid counselor.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.

Coker College will send a permission to certify letter to the parent after receiving notification that the PLUS credit decision was approved.  When the College receives the completed permission to certify letter from the parent, the College will certify the loan.  It will be the responsibility for the parent to complete all promissory notes, self-certification forms, etc. with the lender. Parents approved for a PLUS loan with an adverse credit history will be required to complete the Parent PLUS Counseling located at

Alternative Loans

Alternative loans are used to pay for tuition, fees, books, room and board, supplies, and transportation related to educational expenses.  Alternative loans can not exceed a student’s maximum allowable cost of attendance as designated by the financial aid office.

The interest rate is variable based on prime rate, adjusted quarterly, throughout the life of the loan.  Unpaid interest that accrues while the student is in school will be capitalized and added to the principal when the student enters repayment.

The FAFSA is not required.  If the FAFSA has been filed, the maximum amount allowable for an approved alternative loan can be determined by contacting your financial aid counselor.  Dependent students will require a viable co-signer.  Some independent students may require a viable co-signer.

Perkins Loans

Perkins loans are campus-based loans, meaning Coker is the lender.  This is a subsidized loan meaning the government pays the interest while the student is in school, and during the 9 month grace period.

A student can be awarded up to $4,000, with a cumulative maximum of $20,000.  The interest rate is 5%, and there is not an origination fee.  Funding is limited.  The FAFSA is required.

New Military Deferment for Perkins Borrowers - As part of the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005, the U.S. Department of Education has notified schools about the availability of a new deferment for Perkins Loan borrowers.  This applies to students who borrowed on or after July 1, 2001.

For students who are serving on active duty:  during a war; other military operations; or national emergencies.

Students who qualify should contact the Coker College Business Office at 843-383-8028.

Student Loan Interest Rates

(Effective for loans disbursed between July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.)

Loan Rate
Subsidized Student Loan
(also rate during in-school and grace periods)
4.45% fixed
Unsubsidized Student Loan - Undergraduate
(also rate during repayment)
4.45% fixed
Unsubsidized Student Loan - Graduate
(also rate during repayment)
6.00% fixed
(also rate during repayment and deferment)
7.00% fixed
PERKINS Loan 5.00% fixed

Student Loan Sunshine Act


  • Graduation Rate 48%*
  • Default Rate 10%**
    11.3% (National Average)**
  • Retention Rate 61% (Full-Time)* 
    67% (Part-Time)*
  • Average Loan Debt $29,214***
    $29,400 (National Average)***
  • Average Amount Awarded in Aid Categories
    $8,209 (Student Loans)****
    $21,229 (Grants & Scholarships)****
    $4,317 (Pell Grant)****

*Based on 2015-2016 figures, retention rate based on 2015-2016 freshmen to 2016-2017 sophomore full-time and part-time enrolled results.
**For Year 2013--information provided by Federal Student Aid, U. S. Department of Education.
***For Year 2015-2016 figures based on four-year private, non-profit estimate through the repayment estimator.
****For Year 2014-2015 borrowed average undergraduate amount in federal student loans, grants or scholarships, and Pell grants per the National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.

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