United States Financial Aid Program
Griffith University is a 'Deferment-Only' institution. As a deferment-only institution, we remain committed to offering US students opportunities to study at Griffith University. If you wish to apply for funding as a US student, you may be eligible for a private loan. Being a deferment-only institution means we will not accept new students applying for United States (US) Federal Loans, including loans applied for under the Direct Loan Program (DLP) or the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).
Private loansGriffith University predominantly liaises with Sallie Mae, which is a private loan provider for US students' educational requirements, such as the cost of tuition fees and living expenses. Students can borrow up to the cost of attendance for their particular program of study. If you are successful in obtaining a private loan, Griffith can certify your loans online, which are then disbursed electronically into your student account. You will generally receive two payments over the course of 12 months, usually at the beginning of each trimester. If you make any changes to your enrolment, such as leave of absence or a course withdrawal, please contact us as soon as possible so the necessary reporting adjustments can be made to your loan.
Deferring loansWe can also approve deferments for students who have already received US Federal Student loans. If you have received a US Federal Student loan and are enrolled at Griffith on at least a half-time basis, you can apply to defer repayment of those loans. Please contact your lender for the appropriate forms, which we will certify.
Further informationAny funds you receive are loans that must be repaid. It is therefore very important you understand your rights and responsibilities as a borrower. Useful resources include:
- Your Federal Student Loans handbook (PDF 1.4m) (pages 8-9) for information about the difference between private loans and federal student loans.
- American Student Assistance (ASA) website. While ASA no longer provides loans to US students at Griffith, they do have a wide range of resources to help manage your loans.