A Federal Direct unsubsidized loan is not based on your financial need. If your estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is greater than your financial aid and you have not reached your annual maximum loan limit through the Federal Direct subsidized loan, you may qualify for Federal Direct unsubsidized loan. The interest rate for Federal Direct unsubsidized loan is fixed at 6.8%. You are charged interest on this loan from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. You have the option to pay on the interest while in school, or to allow the interest to accumulate, which adds to the principal amount of the loan and increases the amount to be repaid.