Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans
Parents and stepparents of dependent undergraduate students can apply for a fixed-rate Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan. With a Parent PLUS Loan, parents borrow directly from the U.S. government at a fixed interest rate of 7.21 percent to help fund a dependent’s education.
To qualify, the parent(s) must not have an adverse credit history, but financial need is not a consideration.
Parent PLUS Loans will be considered as part of a student’s total financial aid package, even though the parent, not the student, is responsible for repayment.
You can apply for a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan if:
- You are the parent or stepparent of an undergraduate dependent student
- You do not have an adverse credit history, or, if you do, you have obtained an approved endorser who agrees to repay the loan if you cannot
- You are a U.S. citizen or national, a U.S. permanent resident, or eligible noncitizen
- Your student completes a FAFSA
Credit Decisions for Parent PLUS Loans
Credit decisions are made by the U.S. Department of Education. The department will notify you whether or not you have been approved.
If approved, you will receive an email at the parent’s email address listed on the PLUS Loan application if a Master Promissory Note (MPN) must be signed.
If your application is not approved, you will receive contact information on how to appeal the credit decision or obtain an endorser.
If the credit denial is overridden by appeal or by the addition of an endorser, the department will automatically notify IU and reinstate the Parent PLUS Loan in the student’s financial aid package.
If a Parent PLUS Loan application is denied, or the parent is unable to apply for the Parent PLUS Loan due to one of the following reasons:
- Sole source of income is public assistance or disability benefits
- Bankruptcy that prohibits incurring additional debt
the student will be eligible to receive additional unsubsidized Direct Loans—up to $4,000 per year for freshmen and sophomores, and up to $5,000 per year for juniors and seniors. A separate application may be required.
If one parent is denied, and another parent is subsequently approved, additional Direct Loan funding will not be available.
How Much You Can Borrow
You can borrow up to your estimated Cost of Attendance, minus any other financial aid you may receive. There is a 4 percent origination fee on all Direct PLUS Loans.
Using Your Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
Funds will be disbursed to your student’s bursar account to pay for tuition, fees, room and board, and other school charges. When you complete the application, you’ll indicate whether you want any additional funds that remain after these items are paid to be sent to the borrower or to be sent directly to the student.
Repaying Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans
Interest charges begin as soon as your student receives your loan. Repayment of a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan can be deferred for up to six months after the student graduates or drops below half-time status. See deferment requirements for Parent PLUS Loans »
Apply for a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
To apply, you will need to complete the FAFSA and a separate Parent PLUS application:
- To apply, you will need to complete the FAFSA and apply for a 2014-2015 Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan at https://studentloans.gov.
Before you can receive your Direct Parent PLUS Loan, you will have to complete entrance counseling and sign the Federal Direct Loan Promissory Note (MPN).