Federal Direct Loan Program | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


Payment Strategies

  • There are a number of payment strategies for meeting your remaining costs at Capital. Read about each one and decide which is best for you.
    • Combination of Plans
      Some families have a target amount they are comfortable paying each month, but it just does not fit fully into the interest-free TMS plan. Combine the TMS option with some level of borrowing and you can achieve your comfort payment. We can help you understand how to make this happen.

      Paying for a college education is a long-term investment. It requires careful planning, and we can help you figure all of this out. Please contact an admissions counselor 1-866-544-6175 or 614-236-6101.

      The strategies cited above are for illustrative purposes only. Your net remaining costs can be determined by using the Personal Financing Worksheet.

      You should consider carefully the strategy that makes sense for you and your family before deciding which option(s) to pursue. Additional costs may be added to student's bill throughout the year and these may affect you financing plans.
    • Lowest Monthly Payment Option

      Federal Parent Loan
      Lowering your monthly costs generally means borrowing. The Federal Parent Loan (PLUS) is one of the most advantageous loans around. It has a fixed interest rate of 7.9 percent and requires no collateral.

      You can borrow all of your out-of-pocket costs, or just a portion. Best of all, payments can be extended up to 10 years (longer in some circumstances). Minimum repayment is $50 monthly, but you can even reduce your payment to $0!

      Alternative Educational Loans
      Alternative educational loans may have unique advantages for your personal circumstances also are available. 

    • Twice-A-Year Option
      Capital University issues two bills per year, prior to the beginning of each semester. Pay the amount due directly to Capital and you are done. For example, if your net remaining costs were $5,000, you would pay $2,500 for each semester.
    • Nelnet Campus Commerce

      Interest-free monthly payments options are available through the Nelnet Campus Commerce (formerly Tuition Management Systems - TMS). This option allows you to manage the cost of college just like you manage your other monthly bills.  

      How Does It Work
      You'll make payments to Nelnet, and they in return send a payment to Capital that covers your student's cost. Visit the Nelnet web site for more information.