Federal Parent Plus Loan
Parents of dependent students may apply for a Direct PLUS Loan to help pay their child's education expenses as long as certain eligibility requirements are met.
To be eligible for a Direct PLUS Loan for Parents:
How does a parent get a loan?
For a Direct PLUS Loan, the parent must complete a Direct PLUS Loan Application and Master Promissory Note (MPN). The MPN is a legal document in which the borrower promises to repay the loan and any accrued interest and fees to the lender. It also explains the terms and conditions of the loan. In most cases, one MPN can be used for loans that a parent receives over multiple academic years, although a separate Loan Request must be filed for each school year. If the parent previously signed an MPN to receive an FFEL PLUS loan, he or she will need to sign a new MPN for a Direct PLUS Loan.
How much can a parent borrow?
The annual limit on a PLUS loan is equal to the student's cost of attendance minus any other financial aid the student receives.
What's the interest rate?
The interest rate is fixed at 7.9%. Interest is charged from the date of the first disbursement until the loan is paid in full.
When does the parent begin repaying the loan?
The repayment period for a Direct PLUS Loan begins when the loan is fully disbursed, and the first payment is due 60 days after the final disbursement. However, for Direct PLUS Loans with a first disbursement date on or after July 1, 2008, the parent may defer repayment:
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