Sheridan College
Student Loans
Prospective Loans

LOANS ARE AVAILABLE TO:
  • Graduates of an accredited Sheridan / Johnson County High School.
  • Students who have obtained a GED from a Sheridan / Johnson County High School or Sheridan College.
  • Individuals that have had at least seven years of continuous residency in Sheridan or Johnson County immediately prior to applying for a loan.
REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants up to age 24 years old:
  • Must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average from high school, or
  • A 2.25 cumulative grade point average from college.
Applicants who are age 25 years and older:
  • Must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average from high school, or
  • A 2.25 cumulative grade point average from college.
Other Requirements Do Exist.

APPLICANTS CAN NOT:
  • Be related to Whitney Benefits Board members.
  • Currently have loans with the Dodd and Dorothy L. Bryan Foundation, B.F. and Rose H. Perkins Foundation, or any other private foundation.
  • Be currently receiving a Daniels Fund Grant.
Whitney, in its sole and absolute discretion, has the authority to determine whether a student meets qualifications for loan approval.

Apply for a Student Loan Online



The application deadline for Fall 2016 funding for new loans is September 1, 2016
.

When completing the student loan application online, you will need to gather and submit the following documents:
  1. Official transcripts of all High Schools and Colleges attended.
  2. Most recent IRS Form 1040 filed by Applicant and both Co-Borrowers (Please submit only the first two pages of the 1040 or 1040EZ and please make sure that the copies are signed.)  View an example of the required 1040.
  3. Proof of enrollment (acceptance letter or schedule).
  4. Proof of the Cost of Attendance from the school you will be attending, if you are attending vocational or graduate school.
  5. Statement of amount borrowed from the Homer and Mildred Scott Foundation Student Loan Fund, if applicable.
  6. Please attach a recent photograph.
Please review the Whitney Benefits Student Loan Terms and Conditions, available as a PDF.

Once your application and all required documents are submitted, Whitney staff will review them and will mail you a letter verifying that your loan has been approved. Once you receive this letter, please call Whitney Benefits and schedule a Loan Closing.  If you submit your application and required documents and Whitney Staff finds an error we will contact you at the number and/or email you provide on the application form

Students and their co-borrowers must attend the Loan Closing.  At the Loan Closing, Whitney staff will review the loan documents before the student and their co-borrowers sign. All documents will be notarized. The loan closing takes approximately 20 minutes.
     
Whitney will issue the first disbursement to the student at the loan closing.  All disbursements issued by Whitney shall be payable only to the student.  To receive all future disbursements, the student must first provide Whitney with an official transcript or grade report verifying that the student has earned at least 12 credit hours and maintained a 2.25 grade point average in the preceding term.
Frequently Asked Questions about Whitney Loans

When are the funding deadlines for students with current loans?
The deadline for Fall funding is October 1st and for Spring funding is March 1st.

How much can students borrow in total and per semester for undergraduate or vocational studies?  What information do you use to see how much each student will qualify for?
Up to $24,000 for undergraduate or vocational school studies. Traditional students may borrow, each semester during their undergraduate education, the following amount:
  1. One half (1/2) of the annual limit established by the Whitney Trustees.  For schools on quarter systems, the annual limit shall be one-third (1/3) instead of 1/2.  The annual limit is $6,000.
  2. Vocational students may borrow up to $24,000 over the length of their program. These students will not be held to the annual limit.
  3. To qualify, students and the student's parents must have an adjusted gross income from the previous year of under $200,000.
How much can students borrow for graduate or professional studies?
Graduate students can borrow a credit limit of $40,000.

What is the lifetime limit amount of student loans a student can borrow from Whitney Benefits?
Students can borrow a lifetime limit of $24,000 to attend undergraduate and/or vocational school and a lifetime limit of $40,000 if they attend graduate school.

When will I be expected to start repayment on my loan?
Repayments begin on the earliest of the following dates:
  • Six months after the anticipated or actual graduation date.
  • Immediately if the student leaves school.
How much interest will I pay on my loan?
Whitney Benefits Student Loans are interest free. (However, interest may be charged if the loan is in default.)
   
How much money does an interest-free student loan save me?
Please refer to the calculations at this link.

How often will I receive the Present value discount option?

Present Value Discounts are available at the start of repayment and
every anniversary date thereafter.

Can Whitney Benefits send and receive electronic payments?
Whitney Benefits does now have the ability to electronically disburse funds and receive electronic payments. Please download the Electronic Credit Authorization form to receive electronic disbursements or the Electronic Debit Authorization to make electronic payments. Please fill out and return the form to Whitney to take advantage of these conveniences.
 
Why does Whitney Benefits provide student loans?
Whitney Benefits, Inc. was created under the Last Will and Testament of Mr. Edward A. Whitney, a Sheridan County resident, who passed away in 1917. Mr. Whitney directed the corporation to create a student loan program that would help provide men and women with modest financial assistance from the corporation's income to pursue academic and vocational studies.  

Since inception of the program in 1928, through June 30, 2015, the corporation has loaned 5,597 students approximately $38,336,754. For the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015, Whitney approved interest free loans totaling $1,831,016.82 to 99 students; 77 students received loans for the first time and 21 students had received loans previously. As of June 30, 2015, Whitney has $13,428,196 in student loan monies loaned and/or committed to Sheridan and Johnson County students.
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