"Medical education is rightfully known as a challenging and rigorous marathon of advanced clinical training. Students can expect long hours in the classroom, the hospital, and additional time outside of these formal spaces for self-dedicated studying. For immigrant students with DACA status, finding accessible and non-predatory financial aid can be equally as challenging. Financial uncertainty detracts from DACA students’ ability to focus on their studies and clinical responsibilities.I was fortunate to have been a DACA recipient with access to equitable private loans. Low interest loans for DACA students are exceedingly rare, not to mention the stringent co-signer requirements. Self Help offers a very needed accessibly financial resource. I continue to feel supported by Self Help as they accommodate my unique financial circumstances with respect to loan repayment beyond medical school and I am excited as to the opportunities that their financial services will open for the immigrant community." - Boss P. Medical School Loan Rates and Terms Total Line of Credit $300,000 maximum Maximum Borrowing Period Five years Repayment Period 15 years Annual Percentage Rate 8.423% APR* Post-Training Deferral1 Six months post-residency Estimated monthly payment $150.00 per $10,000 borrowed Contact Us to Get Started Name Email Phone Terminal Degree Read the code New code Please type the code above Submit ApplicationApplicants will need to submit the following documents to Self-Help CU:Verification of admission or enrollment from graduate schoolCompleted loan applicationI-797 Notice of Action form documenting active DACA statusSelf-Help Credit Union will pull your credit report. You will not be eligible if you are in an active bankruptcy or been discharged from bankruptcy in the last two years. All applications are subject to credit approval. Interest RateFederal Direct Grad PLUS rate as published by the U.S. Department of Education on July 1, 2023. The current rate is 8.05%, which will change on or before July 1, 2024. This is a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan, regardless of when funds are drawn.Origination/Draw FeeFederal Grad PLUS fee as published by the U.S. Department of Education on October 1. The current fee is 4.228%, which may change on or before October 1, 2024. The fee can be financed at the time of each draw or can be eliminated by increasing the interest rate by an additional 1.00%.RepaymentPost-deferral period. Full principal & interest due over the remainder of the loan’s life.The student may make payments at any time with no penalty. For example, a student may choose to pay interest during school or residency to reduce future payments, or pay the loan off entirely at any time.DrawsStudents will be eligible to borrow up to $65,000 per academic year divided into semester or timester installments and to refinance any graduate school debt. The total annual amount that students may draw is equal to the total cost of attendance, as calculated by the university, less scholarship funds.DisbursementsFunds are disbursed to the university, which will first apply all proceeds to tuition, fees and other school charges. The university will then provide the remaining funds to the student to assist with other attendance costs, including living expenses.EligibilityApplicants must have DACA status and be full-time students at a qualifying medical school.Co-signerRequired for borrowers that do not have sufficient income at application to qualify. Co-signer must have a valid social security number or individual taxpayer identification number. 2 *APR = Annual Percentage Rate 1. If the student withdraws from school or otherwise fails to complete their education and/or residency, full principal & interest payments will begin the month following. 2. Self-Help does not inquire as to the immigration status of co-signers.