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Federal Direct PLUS

There are loans for parents and graduate students that are not based on need. After you've made a budget and explored all options, see if a Direct PLUS loan is the right move for you. A payment plan option may work best. For the 2021-22 school year, the PLUS Loan application will be available starting May 1 on StudentAid.gov. 

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan

Through this program, parents of dependent undergraduate students can borrow up to the student’s cost of attendance minus any other aid the student receives.

Students must be enrolled at least half-time in a program that leads to a degree. Students must also meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress. Parents cannot have adverse credit history and they should meet the general eligibility requirements for federal student aid. 

Parent borrowers apply for this loan on StudentAid.gov. The application requires a credit check, but the credit check is valid for 180 days. A signed master promissory note is required. This is completed on StudentAid.gov as well. 

The parent borrower is responsible for repayment. Repayment begins 60 days after the final disbursement of the loan.

Parents can postpone repayment if the student is enrolled at least half-time. 

At the end of the application, parent borrowers receive their credit check result. Here is a list of results and explanations of your result.

If the credit decision is approved, our office will be notified and the loan will be processed.

Our office will be notified and the student may become eligible for additional unsubsidized loan funds. The amount of the unsubsidized loan is limited by cost of attendance and annual loan limits.

Parents with an adverse credit decision have the option to appeal or get an endorser. If your credit decision is changed, you are required to complete PLUS Credit Counseling to receive the loan.

More information may be required by the Department of Education. In this case, contact them at Student Loan Support Center at 1-800-557-7394 or StudentLoanSupport@ed.gov.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

As a graduate student or a professional student, you can borrow up to the cost of your attendance minus any other aid you receive.

  • You must be enrolled at least half-time in a program that leads to a degree. 
  • You must  meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress.
  • You cannot have an adverse credit history. You will not be denied for not having credit history.

You can apply for this loan on StudentAid.gov. The application requires a credit check, but the credit check is valid for 180 days. A signed master promissory note is required. This is completed on StudentAid.gov as well. 

You are responsible for repayment. Repayment begins 60 days after the final disbursement of the loan.

You can postpone repayment if you are enrolled at least half-time. 

At the end of the application, you will receive your credit check result. If the credit decision is accepted, we will be notified within 48 hours and the loan will be processed. If your application is declined, you can appeal the decision or get an endorser. For pending credit decisions, contact the Student Loan Support Center at 1-800-557-7394 or StudentLoanSupport@ed.gov.

 

 


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