Student loans

An investment in your future.

No one likes borrowing money, and debt should never be considered lightly. But when it makes a college education possible, taking out low-interest student loans could be the smartest decision you'll ever make. 

Here's why. Research shows that college graduates earn approximately $1.2 million more in lifetime income than those with only a high school diploma. They also have lower unemployment rates and are generally healthier and happier.  That's a pretty good return on a few years of student loan repayment. 

Through good times and bad, the value of education has remained high—a proven investment that's likely to pay off exponentially over the course of your life.  So even if it take some loans to help pay for it, it's a choice you'll probably never regret.

Did you know?

  • College graduates earn nearly $1 million more in lifetime income than those with only high school diplomas.1
  • WWU students make good on their loans, with a default rate far below the national average.2
  • Your career may qualify you for a generous loan forgiveness program. Visit MyFedLoan.org/PSLF.

1U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 U.S.
2Department of Education


Financial literacy resources

Student Financial Services is here to help you with your finances throughout your time at Walla Walla University and into loan repayment. Part of what we do to help is make sure you're informed and aware of your financial situation so you are on your way to making thoughtful financial decisions on your own. 

Walla Walla University offers several ways that you can become more financially literate. Here are some options:

The Federal Student Aid website offers financial awareness counseling in addition to entrance and exit counseling. This counseling provides tools and information to help you understand your financial aid and help you manage your finances.

  1. To complete the counseling, visit StudentAid.gov and sign in with your FSA ID.
  2. Once you log in, click "Complete Counseling" in the left-hand menu, and then click "Financial Awareness Counseling" in the middle of the next page.

If you have any questions about the information you receive, you may contact us:


Public service loan forgiveness workshop

WWU Student Loan Center and the Student Development Center co-hosted a workshop on Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Learn which jobs cancel some loans (with no payments!) after 5 years, and which ones forgive the balance of some loans after 10 years of minimal payments.


Student loan resources

Borrowing For College
A brief overview on the different types of loans available, definitions of loan terminology, and how to apply. 


The 150% Subsidy Limit
An explanation of the 150% Subsidy Limit for first-time borrowers taking out federal Direct subsidized loans on or after July 1, 2013.


General Tips On Paying For College
Tips and advice from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on how to choose a savings account to avoid paying unnecessary fees. 


Parent Plus Loans or Private Loan
An in-depth comparison between a general private loan and the Parent Plus Loan to help you understand the Parent Plus Loan and help you make the right loan decision.


Plus Loan or Private Loan For Graduate Students
Another in-depth comparison between a general private loan and the Plus Loan for graduate students. 


Interest Rates and Fees
A breakdown of the rates of interest and fees charged on federal student loans. 


Student Loan Repayment
A simple guide to help you understand which loans you are able to afford and descriptions on repayment options.


Tax Benefits On Student Loans
A description on available tax benefits from having student loans.

Loan Repayment Resources
Navigating repayment, consolidation, and deferment options can be overwhelming. We are here to help. 


Servicer contact information
Contact information for several loan servicers.


 

Deferment And Forbearance
A definition of deferment and forbearance, a description of how these apply to payment relief, who is eligible, and how to apply.


Loan Forgiveness, Cancellation and Discharge
A description on ways you can get your loan(s) partially or completely forgiven if you are unable to pay them.


Resolving A Default Loan
A description of loan consolidation, loan rehabilitation and other ways you can avoid the consequences of going into default on a loan. How to get help is also included. 


Student Loan Repayment
A simple guide to help you understand which loans you are able to afford and descriptions on repayment options.


Tax Benefits On Student Loans
A description on available tax benefits from having student loans.

If you have any questions about your student loans, email student.loans@wallawalla.edu or call (509) 527-2333.


Amanda Fleck

Associate Director of Student Loans
(509) 527-2333
amanda.fleck@wallawalla.edu

 

David Jeffery

Associate Director of Student Financial Services and Loans Manager
(509) 527-2333
david.jeffery@wallawalla.edu

 

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