Palomar College participates in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program, administered by the US Department of Education. Direct student loans are low interest loans to help pay for the cost of a student’s education after high school. William D. Ford loan funds are borrowed directly from the federal government, not from banks.
While we neither promote nor advocate student loans, we do provide information on the process and the rights & responsibilities that accompany obtaining both subsidized and unsubsidized student loans to interested students. It is our hope that the information on this site will help you make an informed decision about borrowing student loans.
IMPORTANT: Loan funds are borrowed money that must be repaid with interest. Remember, you must repay the full amount of your loan(s) even if you don’t complete your education program, can’t find work related to your area of study or are dissatisfied with the education or services you received from your school(s). Defaulting on a student loan has serious negative consequences for the borrower.
2022-2023 Loan Requests are now available in our Palomar College Student Forms portal. Students that received their loan notification email (J52) will be able to log in and submit their loan application. If you received a general award notification (J50) and would like to request a student loan, please email us and we will add the loan application to your Student Forms portal. There is no longer a paper copy of the form. Please click here to submit a Loan Request using our new mobile site from your desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Please note that loans are disbursed after the first 30 days of the semester.
If this is your first time logging in, you will be asked to create an account.
Use your Palomar College email address and ID number when creating your account.
You will also be asked to verify data from your financial aid application. The data you provide must match your financial aid application.
Contact the financial aid office if you have any issues creating your account.
The following are key points about Direct Loans:
- Students do not borrow from banks. Direct Loans are loans made with federal capital and are owned by the federal government.
- Direct Loans are never sold. Borrowers make loan payments to the Department of Education for the life of their loans.
- Students do not wait in lines to endorse bank checks because schools receive loan funds electronically from the federal government and disburses them to students directly.
- Borrowers have flexible repayment options with a Direct Loan, including Income Contingent Repayment, and they can change options when they need to without a fee at any time during the life of the loan.
- In general, students borrowing the maximum amount in subsidized student loans will have their cost of attendance budgets increased by $42