Direct Stafford Loans - Students will be notified by the university of their financial aid award package. The maximum eligibility is $20,500. The loan is unsubsidized with a fixed 5.41% interest rate from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. Effective December 1, 2013 the origination fee is 1.072% of the principal loan amount. The loan will have a 6 month grace period upon graduation or dropping below 6 hours (summer excluded).

Grad Plus Loans - Federal credit-based loans are for students who require education funding up to the Cost of Education (COE), minus any other financial aid. Here are a few facts about the Grad PLUS Loan:

  • Effective July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 the interest rate on a Grad PLUS Loan is 6.41%.
  • Effective December 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014 the origination fee is 4.288% of the principal loan amount.
  • No loan limits - borrow up to the full Cost of Attendance (COA) minus any other financial aid received.
  • Minimal credit requirements-The Department obtains a credit report on each applicant for a Grad PLUS loan from at least one national credit bureau. An applicant is considered to have an adverse credit history if they have 90 days or more delinquent on any debt, or during the five years preceding the date of the credit report, it has been determined that the applicant to be in default on a debt, his debts have been dis­charged in bankruptcy, or has been the subject of foreclosure, re­possession, tax lien, wage garnishment, or write-off of a FSA debt. An applicant cannot be rejected for a PLUS loan because he has no credit history—i.e., the absence of a credit history cannot be construed as an adverse credit history. Someone with an adverse credit history can qualify for a PLUS loan by securing an endorser who does not have an adverse credit history. Also, an applicant may appeal a determination of adverse credit history to the Department by documenting extenuating circumstances. The Department has the final decision on whether to make a loan to the person.
  • No payments required while in school.
  • Student will go into repayment 6 months after they drop below ½ time (6 hours) or upon graduation.
  • Deferment and forbearance options are available during periods of financial difficulty or bar study.
  • Flexible repayment options including Level, Extended, Graduated and Income Sensitive plans.

Department of Education Customer Service Center Information - Contact information for the Servicers of Direct Loans (subsidized, unsubsidized & grad plus loans).

Hinson-Hazlewood College Access Loan Program (CAL) - Private loan, within the Cost of Attendance (COA), through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Franklin Lindsay Student Aid Fund - Private loan: must be a US citizen, with full time enrollment, have a 3.0 gpa and must have cosigner.

Alternative/Private Loans - Alternative/Private loans are credit-based consumer loans that can be used for any educational related purpose within the Cost of Attendance (COA). Most loans require that the applicant have an established credit history to be approved. Co-signers may be required.

Bar Loans- Credit based private loans available to law students who are in their final year of study and need resources to finance expenses associated with studying for the Bar examination. Processing fees may be deducted at disbursement and a supplemental guarantee fee may be charged at repayment. Disbursement(s) is (are) made payable to the graduate at their requested mailing address. If the lender requires certification of the anticipated graduation date, be sure to notify Laura Neal.


University of Houston Law Center
Financial Aid & Scholarship Office
100 Law Center
Houston, Texas 77204-6060
(713) 743-2269
School code 003652