Health Professions Student Loan

A Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) is a subsidized low-interest loan limited on the UC Berkeley campus to Optometry students. To be considered for an HPSL, Optometry students need to include parent information on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), regardless of their independent status for all other programs.

Although the loan is made with government funds, Berkeley contributes a share and is your institutional lender; hence, you repay this loan to Berkeley. HPSL loans from UC Berkeley are managed by a loan servicer, Heartland-ECSI.

If you have left the university and have questions about your HPSL, please send them to

See the Loan Process section below to learn more about the HPSL and what steps you need to complete in order to receive the loan.