How to Supplement the Cost of Your Binghamton Education

Payment Plan

Binghamton University offers an interest-free, web-based payment plan that provides you with the opportunity to divide the bill for each term into automatic installments to allow you to spread your payments over a period of up to four months. A non-refundable enrollment fee of $40 per term is required to activate the payment plan. 

Federal Student Loans

There are two types of Student Federal Direct Loans: subsidized and unsubsidized.

Subsidized loans are awarded on the basis of financial need as determined by the federal government. Interest on subsidized loans begins to accrue upon repayment. Unsubsidized loans are available regardless of financial need. Interest on unsubsidized loans begins to accrue upon disbursement. Interest rates* for both are 3.76% with a 1.069% origination fee*. Repayment of either loan begins 6 months after graduation or if you fall below 6 credits.

Students are eligible for up to $5,500 as freshmen, $6,500 as sophomores and $7,500 as juniors and seniors. You may still need to borrow additional funds; however, it is recommended that you accept this form of funding first before applying for parent or student private alternative loans.

*Rates/fees as of January 2017

Federal Parent Loan

Parents of undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan. Credit approval is required. Funding limits vary according to the aid received, but cannot exceed the cost of attendance. Interest begins to accrue with the first disbursement. The interest rate* is fixed at 6.31% with a 4.276% origination fee*. Repayment begins 60 days after final disbursement on the loan, if the student falls below 6 credits, or it can be deferred until 6 months after the student graduates.

*Rates/fees as of January 2017

Alternative (Private) Loans

To be eligible, students will need a credit-worthy cosigner and/or have established credit. Funding limits vary according to the aid received but cannot exceed the cost of attendance; rates vary by lender and credit-worthiness.

 

This chart illustrates monthly loan payment examples based on amount borrowed and applicable interest.

TEN-YEAR LOAN (120 EQUAL PAYMENTS)
Amount Borrowed $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 $25,000
Student-subsidized loan 3.76%  $50 $100 $150 $200 $250
Student-unsubsidized loan 3.76%  $50 $100 $150 $200 $250
Parent PLUS loan 6.31% $56 $113 $169 $225 $281

 

Last Updated: 2/3/17