The Virginia Tech Dietetic Intern program is a joint effort between the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE), and the Continuing Education Office. More information on this program is available on the HNFE website.
Dietetic Interns are not eligible for Federal, State, or Institutional financial aid. However, they may apply for an educational loan through a private lender. These private/alternative loans require a credit check and often a co-signer. More information on these loans, including a list of lender options, can be found here. If approved, the loan will pay to Virginia Tech and then sent to the student through direct deposit. Dietetic Interns pay their fees directly to Continuing Education.
Loan Repayment, Deferment, and Forbearance
The Dietetic Intern program is a certificate and therefore, not eligible for in-school or internship deferment. This means that any Federal Loans and/or Private/Alternative Loans borrowed in prior years will enter repayment. The grace period prior to repayment will vary depending on the type of loan.
- Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans – 6 months
- Federal Perkins Loan – 9 months
- Private/Alternative Loan – may vary by lender
If you are having difficulties making your loan payments, you should speak with your loan servicer regarding the possibility of an economic hardship deferment or forbearance. It may also be possible to change your current repayment plan to an income-based plan which could lower your monthly payments.
Please note: any Dietetic Intern who receives a bill from the University, stating that they owe in-state tuition or other fees, should contact the program director, Carol Papillon at firstname.lastname@example.org.