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Barnard Now Even More Federally Subsidized

Since federal subsidies have already led to horrors like Constitution Day, one wonders what silly conditions will be extracted now that Barnard will be issuing more loans directly through the federal government. 

Yes, Barnard has now joined the Federal Direct Loan program, which is already used by schools such as Harvard, Brown, Amherst, Williams, Cornell and MIT. According to an email from Dean Dorothy Denburg (reproduced after the jump), the loan program will eliminate “the middle man,”  actually forgive debt after 10 years in “key public service professions,” and will even have a (relatively) lower interest rate. Unfortunately, Denburg’s email did not include the fine print with the inevitable catch. No word on whether Columbia will be changing participating in the program anytime soon.

Dear Students,

Barnard College is happy to announce that we will be participating in the Federal Direct Loan program beginning in the 2009-10 academic year.  We recently researched and compared two student loan programs for our students, the Federal Family Educational Loan program (FFELP) and the Federal Direct Loan program.  During our research it became evident that the direct loan program was the better loan program for our students and parents for a number of reasons.

-The direct loan program is funded directly by the Federal Government, thereby eliminating the middle man (private lenders) and some of the confusion involved in borrowing from third parties.

-Direct loans are never sold by the Federal Government so student borrowers always know who holds their loan and what the repayment terms are. Students will only have to track their loans with one lender instead of multiple lenders.

-Direct lending offers the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that will forgive remaining debt after 10 years of eligible employment in key public service professions such as teaching, social work and law enforcement.

-The Direct PLUS Loan interest rate is 7.9%. The interest rate for the FFELP PLUS loan is 8.5%.  This is a considerable cost savings for our many parents who are currently borrowing PLUS loans through private lenders.

The Financial Aid Office will be sending out more information when award letters are sent in late June.  The Office’s website will be updated shortly to provide additional information regarding this new loan process.  We believe that this is a wonderful opportunity to simplify the process of applying for federal loans.

Some other schools who are currently participating in direct lending are Amherst College, Brown University, Cornell University, Harvard College, MIT, Mt. Holyoke College, and Williams College.

I would like to thank the members of the group whose work enabled us to become a part of the Direct Lending Program.  They are Greg Brown, Vice-President for Finance and Planning; Denis Riker, Bursar; Eileen DiBenedetto, Controller; Nanette DiLauro, Director of Financial Aid; Janet Landis-Frye, Senior Manager, Financial Aid Office; and Ivan Santiago, Loan Officer, Financial Aid Office.

Dorothy Denburg

Dean of the College

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  • does says:

    @does this mean…more free dickrubs at Barnard?

    1. yep! says:

      @yep! brillo and steel wool.

      1. wow says:

        @wow that’s smoother than my last gf’s vagina.

        1. now says:

          @now did you actually check down there, or did you do all your sex with no light?

          1. person says:

            @person The human being in me wants to ignore your stupid comments, but the computer science major in me can’t help but notice that they form a linked list.

          2. hey says:

            @hey responding to the original stupidity.
            when in rome…

          3. damn says:

            @damn the chain broke. Why would I have sex without light? I even wear a headlamp and a helmet. Because frankly, if there is no risk of a concussion, it’s just not sex.

          4. well... says:

            @well... just so we’re all aware, I have sex wearing white tube socks and nothing else. Sometimes I even wear argyle.
            But usually just plain white tubes.

            just so you know.

            /i know the real reason you wear a spelunker’s helmet.
            //same reason you yell the word ‘echo’ during cunnilingus.

  • duude... says:

    @duude... every fuckin bwog post ends with “no word on some bullshit…” Can’t you be at least a little more creative???


  • Aw... says:

    @Aw... Poor Harvard. They need the Federal government’s help to issue loans. Pity them.

  • the rest of us says:

    @the rest of us Please replace barnard with Taco Bell.

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