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Loan Information

Federal Direct Stafford Student Loans

Loan limit is $20,500 to $47,167 (based on length of enrollment period) Interest is charged during in-school period. Interest rate is 6.21% and a fee of 1.073% is deducted at disbursement. Need analysis (FAFSA) is required.

Amount of Stafford loans by program and year
MSA Year 2$20,500
MSA Year 1$20,500
MBS Year 2$20,500
MBS Year 1$20,500

The aggregate limit for and Stafford loans is:

  • D.O., D.P.M and M.P.H. is $224,000
  • All other programs $138,500

Students cannot exceed these limits.

Federal Direct GradPLUS loan

Maximum-cost of attendance budget minus all other financial aid resources. Interest rate fixed at 7.21%, accrues in school and a fee of 4.292% is deducted at disbursement. FAFSA is required.  A credit check will be performed by the Department of Education.  For Grad PLUS loan applicants with adverse credit, you will be required by the Department of Education to do additional Grad PLUS loan counseling.  You will be notified by the Department of Education if you need to complete additional Grad PLUS loan counseling.  If required, the loan will not be disbursed until this is complete.


Federal Perkins Student loan

Maximum of $8,000 per year graduate/professional. Application available on Pulse. Parental information is required. Students are not charged interest while in school. Need analysis (FAFSA) is required. Interest rate is fixed at 5 percent. Limited funds available to students with exceptional financial need. Priority deadline is April 30.

Federal Super Primary Care loan

Obtained by applying through the University. Available only to fourth-year D.O. students who agree to complete a primary-care residency and practice in primary care until the loan is paid in full. This is a federal government loan that is based on exceptional financial need. Interest rate is fixed at 5 percent and interest does not accrue during school or residency. Loan amount is up to $100,000 and loan proceeds are used to pay off prior years DMU medical school loans. All fourth-year D.O. students are notified in the fall of loan requirements, application procedures and deadline information if funds are available. Limited funds.

Residency and relocation loans

Available to students in their final year of study. These alternative/private loans are designed to provide students with additional funds to help offset the expenses associated with travel and relocation costs for interviews, etc. These loans require a credit check and do not require the financial aid office to certify the application, so they do not count toward your student expense budget. Before you utilize one of these programs, please verify that you have exhausted eligibility in other financial aid programs with the financial aid office.

Refund advance

Des Moines University has an refund advance available to any student who faces a short-term financial crisis. Refund advances given out by the accounting office will be deducted from that student’s next scheduled disbursement. Some restrictions may apply. Check with the accounting office for details.