Loans

If you think you may need additional funds to cover the full cost of your education, consider applying for a federal or private loan.

Loans are sums of money borrowed from federal or private agencies to help finance the expected family contribution. To maintain loan eligibility, students must show satisfactory academic progress (minimum credit-hour enrollment and grade point average). Loans must be repaid once the student graduates or does not meet the minimum credit enrollment per semester.

Before you choose which loan is best for you, investigate your options and make the best, most responsible choice for you.

Remember to complete the FAFSA every year!

Complete the FAFSA online using your FSA ID (Casper College School Code: 003928). The priority deadline for applying for federal financial aid is early March for the fall semester and early October for the spring semester.

Federal Loans for students

Federal loans are a low, fixed interest option for students to supplement the cost of their education. The loans include Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized. (Some people refer to these loans as Stafford Loans or Direct Stafford Loans.)

  • No credit check or co-signer required on subsidized or unsubsidized loans
  • Flexible repayment options
  • In-school deferment of payment
  • Requires completion of the FAFSA and other steps

Federal Direct PLUS Loans for parents

Federal Direct PLUS loans are credit-based, fixed interest option for parents of dependent undergraduate students.

  • Flexible repayment options
  • Federally insured
  • In-school deferment of payment option
  • Requires completion of the FAFSA and other steps

Wyoming Investment in Nursing (WyIN) Loan

These loans are repaid by working as a nurse or nurse educator in Wyoming or repaying the loan in cash. The funs are for students accepted into nursing programs at one of the six Wyoming community colleges, including Casper College, or the University of Wyoming. The need for financial assistance through WyIN is based on a student applying for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about WyIN loans on the Wyoming Community College Commission website. 

Private Loans

Private loans are typically only used when federal student or parent loans, grants and scholarships will not cover the total cost of your education.

  • Variable and fixed interest rate options
  • May require credit check and co-signer
  • Terms vary based on lender formation
Don’t lose your loan

Before you drop a class, or if you receive a failing grade, make sure you aren’t at risk of losing your loan due to unsatisfactory academic progress.

Plan your class schedule wisely

Remember, federal aid will only cover courses that count toward your degree.

Loans aren’t awarded automatically

Unlike grants, which are awarded automatically through your FAFSA, you must complete additional steps for loans.

Remember to complete the FAFSA every year!

Complete the FAFSA online using your FSA ID (Casper College School Code: 003928). The priority deadline for applying for federal financial aid is early March for the fall semester and early October for the spring semester.

Federal Student Loan Debt Relief

Casper College is committed to keeping you updated with changes to the student loan program.

UPDATE: Student loan debt relief currently is on hold

Courts have issued orders blocking the Department of Education (ED) from accepting and processing applications for the one-time federal student loan debt relief program. ED has appealed the rulings seeking to overturn the orders.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • If you already applied, your application is on hold until a final decision has been made. ED and Federal Student Aid (FSA) will send you updates as new information is available.
  • If you qualify but haven’t applied, you will need to wait until a final court decision is made. If the program is upheld, you will need to submit an application when it reopens.
  • The student loan payment pause is extended until the court cases have been resolved. Payments will resume 60 days after that. Borrowers will be notified before payments start.

Where to Get Updates

Misinformation spreads rapidly on the subject of student loan debt relief and the payment pause. Make sure you have accurate and up to date information by subscribing to alerts from ED and FSA.

ED continues to warn borrowers about scam attempts to take advantage of them. Beware of any source that is not directing you to FSA or your loan servicer.

If you haven’t already, you should register for an online account with your loan servicer and confirm they have your current contact information. Your loan servicer will notify you if the debt relief is processed and when your monthly payments will start.

Additional Help with Student Loan Repayment

With 42 million borrowers wanting to know if and when debt relief may be possible, it may be difficult to reach someone to get answers. That’s where Student Connections can help!

Casper College has partnered with Student Connections to make sure every borrower who is eligible for loan forgiveness receives it, and help any borrower with a remaining balance to navigate and prepare for payments to resume in 2023. This service is completely free to you.

Student Connections Borrower Advocates can help answer any questions you have and determine what steps you need to take.

While you are in student loan repayment, Student Connections may contact you through emails, text messages and phone calls to:

  • Help you understand your loan obligations and responsibilities.
  • Discuss available options for an affordable repayment plan.
  • Ensure you are aware of repayment options during financial hardships.
  • Promote your long-term repayment success.

These advocates are available to answer questions about your outstanding loans and, when appropriate, work with you and your loan servicer. Visit www.repaymyloans.org or talk to a borrower advocate for free at (866) 311-9450.

Who is Student Connections?

Student Connections is passionate about helping students. They partner with schools to provide support for borrowers throughout the student loan repayment process. With more than 60 years of experience in counseling student loan borrowers, their primary goal is to help establish the best repayment plan for you.

Contact Info

  • Via email
  • Phone: 307-268-2323
  • In person: Enrollment Services on the third floor of the Walter H. Nolte Gateway Center