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Direct Loan Program - Subsidized / Unsubsidized / PLUS loans

Loans for American students

The University of Amsterdam participates in the new William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. If you have the American nationality and you are or will be a tuition fee paying student at the UvA, you can apply for the Subsidized, Unsubsidized and/or Grad/Parent PLUS loans.

Contact us

Unfortunately, we do not receive any automatic messages from the FAFSA website telling us that you have applied for one of the loans. In order for us to know that you would like to take out a loan, you will have to contact us yourself after you have filed your Student Aid Report with FAFSA. 

Student Loan Guide and Checklist

In the Student Loan Guide you can find general information about direct loans and specific information on how to apply for financial aid. The instructions checklist will show you which documents are needed, where to get them and what to do with them.

Student Loan Guide 18-19 (PDF, 10 p.) Instructions checklist (PDF, 1 p.)


To guarantee that you will receive the loan funds on time, please make sure that you provide us with all your information and documents by the following deadlines:

Deadlines for finalized applications 1st semester:

  • 1 August, 2018 - Access to Financial Aid in September
  • 1 September, 2018 - Access to Financial Aid in October
  • 1 November, 2018 - Access to Financial Aid in December

Deadlines for finalized applications 2nd semester:

  • 1 January, 2019 - Access to Financial Aid in February
  • 1 February, 2019 - Access to Financial Aid in March
  • 1 April, 2019 - Access to Financial Aid in May

Satisfactory Academic Progress and Return of Title IV Policies

Students applying for or receiving US Federal Aid (Subsidized, Unsubsidized and PLUS) must progress towards satisfactory completion of the study programme at the UvA to remain eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

If you have taken out loans and are considering withdrawing you will probably have to return (a portion) of the funds. Therefore, you need to contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as you know that you will withdraw.

You can find detailed information on both topics in the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) Policies.

SAP and R2T4 Policy 18-19 (PDF, 11 p.)

Repayment of Federal Student Loans

It is very important for you to understand that you will have to pay back your loans, what will happen if you do not pay them back on time and what your choices are. We therefore strongly recommend that you read the ‘Guide Default Prevention & Management Plan’, so that you are aware of the obligations you have when you have taken out a loan.

Guide Default Prevention & Management Plan 18-19 (PDF, 9 p.)

Financial Aid Office

Perhaps useful as well: Learn about US private loans