Glossary

Glossary definitions provided in part by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.

Dependent: A person who relies on another individual for support.

Dependent Student: A student who does not meet the criteria for an "Independent Student" and must therefore include their parent's information when filling out the FAFSA. Dependent students meet all of the following criteria: under the age of 24, not enrolled in a masters or doctoral study program, not married, does not have children who receive more than half of their support from the student, is not an orphan or ward of the court, is not a veteran of the US armed forces.

Direct Loan: The William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program is, along with the FFEL program one of two US Department of Education lending programs. When using the Direct lending program, the federal government is lending you your student loan directly, without an intermediary lender. There are some schools that only accept Direct loans, others will accept loans from either the Direct or FFEL programs. Check with your school's financial aid office to find out which type of loans they accept.

Disbursement: Disbursement refers to the actual exchange of funds when all or a portion of your total loan amount is relinquished to your school. Some loans may be disbursed in full at one time (if student is enrolled only one term) but most will have multiple disbursements (i.e. at the start of each term).

Disposable Income : Gross pay minus deductions for taxes.

Disputing : An internal dialog in which a person argues against his/her irrational beliefs in an attempt to create or maintain rations beliefs. Some times referred to as self-talk or mental karate. Noted as and &"D"; in the Rational-Emotive model, A-B-C-D. (See Rational-Emotive model)

Distress : See stress

Diversification : A strategy for reducing some types of risk by selecting a wide variety of investments.

Dividend : A payment to shareholders that a company's board of directors approves from earnings.

Dividends: Earnings from corporate stock or credit union share accounts.

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