The Federal Direct PLUS is a loan designed for parents. The maximum eligibility amount per academic year is the school’s estimated cost of attendance minus other student financial aid. The interest on the PLUS Loan for loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 is 6.41%. Repayment of the PLUS begins sixty days after the disbursement, but you may be granted the opportunity to defer payment until after the student’s graduation or withdrawal.
There is no grace period for the PLUS, so be prepared to begin repayment once the deferral period ends. You will have to apply for the deferral through Federal Direct Lending.
Keep in mind that the Federal Government will withhold 4.204% of the total loan amount for processing fees, so plan accordingly.
You must file the FAFSA in order to apply for a Parent Plus loan.
Please remember that the PLUS loan is credit-based and that you must have your loan approved!
In order to apply, once you have filed the FAFSA please go to www.studentloans.gov, sign in using your FAFSA PIN #, and click on "PLUS Loan Process" to begin the application.
A credit check will be completed as part of the application process. This credit check is good for 90 days only.
If the credit is approved, you will be instructed to complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) online.
You are also required to complete our Certification Form for the Parent PLUS loan. We must have an original copy of the form, so please return it to us by mail (no faxes or emails).
Remember that this is a thee part process and all parts must be completed (the application, the MPN, and the certification form).
If you are denied for a Parent PLUS loan and plan to appeal please let the Financial Aid Office know.