OCTC participates in the Stafford Direct Lending Program. This program offers student
loans at low-interest rates with the possibility that some of your interest may be
paid while you are in school, leading to lower debt levels.
Student loans are funds that must be paid back. Loans can only be packaged up to the yearly maximum limits or up to the school's cost of attendance, whichever is lower. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester to be loan eligible. All students must complete the first two steps listed below; step three is optional but strongly encouraged.
Loans are no longer automatically included in your initial financial aid package.
You may submit a request to us let us know how much you need in loan funds, and we
will work with you on the options available. Please allow up to 10 business days for
a loan to show on your account once you have made the request.
To request a loan:
A link to the online loan request is available in your Student Self-Service account. If you would like to request a loan, login, click on the link and follow the instructions.
Code of Conduct for Education Loans
Student Loan Code of Conduct
OCTC has adopted this Student Loan Code of Conduct to serve as the formal guiding principles in ensuring the integrity of the student aid process and ethical conduct of employees in regard to student loan practices. The Student Loan Code of Conduct applies to all employees who work in the Office of Financial Aid, award Scholarships, and all college employees, including agents of the college who have responsibilities related to educational loans or other forms of student financial aid. The Student Loan Code of Conduct has been established to meet the requirements contained in the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act. Items in this Code of Conduct provide additional standards of conduct for employees with responsibility for student financial aid and do not replace any existing or future requirements imposed by the State of Kentucky or KCTCS related to codes of conduct, conflict of interest policies, ethics training, or other such requirements.
The Student Loan Code of Conduct also confirms that OCTC does not have preferred lender arrangements of any kind or a preferred lender list.
The College and its employees will not enter into any type of revenue-sharing arrangement with any lender, guarantor, or servicer.
Employees of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships are prohibited from soliciting or accepting any gift from a lender, guarantor, or servicer of education loans. Gifts include any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, or other items. This includes a gift of services, transportation, lodging, or meals, whether provided in kind, by purchasing a ticket, payment in advance, or reimbursement after the expense has been incurred. Gifts to family members of a College employee are considered to be a gift to the employee if the gift is given with the knowledge and consent of the employee and there is reason to believe the gift was given because of the official position of that employee.
Employees of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships shall not accept from any
lender or affiliate of any lender any fee, payment, or other financial benefits (including
the opportunity to purchase stock) as compensation for any consulting arrangement
or other contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender relating
to education loans.
Preferred Lender Status
OCTC participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, which provides student loans through the U.S. Department of Education. Lenders in the private student loan industry will not be given a preferred status. OCTC has no preferred lender arrangements that give any lender an advantage in securing business from our students. The college does not provide students a preferred lender list from which to select a lender for a private student loan. All loans are processed without regard to the lender or mode of transmission (i.e., electronic or paper). OCTC will neither recommend a private loan lender nor accept material benefits, including revenue or profit sharing, to the institution, an officer, or an employee of the institution or an agent.
Private Loan Certification
The college will not assign a borrower's private student loan to a particular lender; all decisions will be made by the borrower in his/her independent review of borrower benefits and lender services. The college will not refuse to certify or delay the certification of, any loan based on the borrower's selection of a particular lender or guaranty agency.
Opportunity Pool Loan
The college will not request or accept from any lender any offer of funds to be used for private education loans (as defined in section 140 of the Truth in Lending Act), including funds for an opportunity pool loan to students in exchange for OCTC providing concessions or promises regarding providing the lender with (i) a specified number of federal loans made, insured or guaranteed; (ii) a specified federal loan volume; or (iii) a preferred lender arrangement for such loans.
OCTC will not request or accept from any lender, guarantor, or servicer of student loans any assistance with call center staffing or financial aid office staffing.
Advisory Board Compensation
Employees of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships who serve on an advisory board, commission, or group established by a lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors are prohibited from receiving anything of value from the lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, except that the employee may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in serving on such advisory board, commission or group.