Federal Student Loan Options

A quick education on federal student loans.

Through the Federal Direct Student Loan Program (FDSLP), both students and parents can apply for special low-rate loans. These loans include:

  • PLUS Loans: With these low-rate federal student loans parents and graduate students can borrow up to the cost of education, minus financial aid. Financial need isn't an issue, but credit guidelines apply in determining eligibility.
  • Stafford Loans: Your dependent student might qualify for a Subsidized Stafford Loan, where the government pays the loan's interest while he or she is in school. Or, they can get an Unsubsidized Stafford Loan no matter what your family's financial need or income level. Unsubsidized Stafford Loans provide the option of deferring interest payments.

If you're interested in federal student loans, contact the U.S. Department of Education Direct Loan Program.

And remember, if you're concerned that the amount you get from federal student loans isn't enough to cover all your tuition needs, you can always bridge the gap with a Custom Choice Loan from SunTrust. Or, explore other ways to finance higher education.

Paying for college can be a challenge. SunTrust can help navigate the options.

  • Money Management

    Before you look into paying for your college expenses, it's important to know how much money you'll need. Our money management resources, tools, and budgeting tips can help.

  • Financial Aid Tools

    Use our college tuition guide and step-by-step guide to paying for college for planning advice on how to avoid getting too over-burdened with debt before you've earned a degree.

  • Scholarships & Grants

    Before you get a loan, we encourage you to try getting scholarships and grants first. Our list of online resources can help. You can also register for the SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes (see Official Rules for details).