Carl Albert State College does not automatically award student loans. Federal Direct Student Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and Parent PLUS Loans) are available for eligible students upon request. To request a loan, students must login to their myCarlAlbert to request a loan. If our office determines that you are eligible for a student loan, you will receive an emailed offer letter with the amount you can borrow.

Note: You must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours each semester to be eligible for a student loan.

Freshman (0-30 hours)

Base Amount (Sub or Unsub)Additional Amount (Unsub Only)Max Loan Amount
Dependent Student$3,500$2,000$5,500
Independent Student$3,500$6,000$9,500

Sophomore (31+ hours)

Base Amount (Sub or Unsub)Additional Amount (Unsub Only)Max Loan Amount
Dependent Student$4,500$2,000$6,500
Independent Student$4,500$6,000$10,500

Summer Loans

Students that received their annual maximum loan amounts during the fall and spring semesters will not have any loans remaining for the summer semester.

Enrollment classification for the summer semester is the same as fall and spring (12 credit hours = full-time, 6 credit hours = half-time). Students requesting a student loan must be enrolled at least half-time (6 hours). Students who have received their annual maximum amounts in Pell and/or loans may still be eligible for SEOG and/or Federal Work Study.

If you have been awarded a Federal Direct Student Loan you must be aware of the following information:

You must complete Entrance Counseling (EC) and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) with the Department of Education before your loan can be disbursed. These are completed online at

There is a DEADLINE for student loans. The Office of Financial Aid must receive the Student Loan Request, EC, MPN, AND loan acceptance by the Wednesday before finals week in order to receive the loan awarded for that semester.

  • Spring 2024 Deadline: May 8th 
  • Summer 2024 Deadline: July 17th

The loan amounts shown on your Offer Letter are the amounts you are eligible to borrow for the semester or academic year you requested.

If you are enrolled less than full time, the amount of your loan could be reduced based on your total Cost of Attendance. If you drop below six hours before your loan has been disbursed, you may not be eligible for any or part of the remaining loan you were awarded.

Parent PLUS Loans

Application must be submitted through Eligible students/parents will receive more information from our office.  Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Info.

Additional information about the types of student loans, interest rates, loan limits, and fees is available here.

CASC Cohort Default Rates

Fiscal Year2021 - 202020192018201720162015201420132012
Default Rate0.0%1.5%10.4%18.9%19.8%15.8%14.6%23.5%23.3%

Carl Albert State College is in good standing with the Department of Education regarding our official cohort default rate. CASC has a default management/prevention committee in place devoted to working in many areas of student life to educate students regarding the repayment of direct loans. To view CASC’s official cohort default rate, visit the National Center for Education Statistics.

Private Loans

Some families turn to private education loans when the federal loans do not provide enough money or when they need more flexible repayment options. However, since federal education loans are less expensive and offer better terms than private student loans, you should exhaust your eligibility for federal student loans before resorting to private student loans. More information is available at Private Student Loans.

Carl Albert State College does not certify or participate in processing loans other than federal student loans.

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