A PLUS Loan is a low-interest federal loan that allows a parent to borrow on behalf of their dependent child. Parent eligibility is subject to a credit check. Funds are sent directly to the college. Repayment begins 30-60 days after the second disbursement is made to the school. Graduate students may also borrow the Graduate PLUS Loan, a PLUS Loan that graduate students must pass a credit check on.
The interest rate for 2013-14 is 6.41% with an origination fee of 4.204% for loans first disbursed on or after July 1st, 2013 and before September 30th, 2013. The origination fee incrases to 4.288% for loans first disbursed on or after October 1st, 2013 and before September 30th, 2014.
* In order to qualify for the lower origination fee, when repayment begins, the first 12 payments must be made on time. Failure to do so will cause the rebate fees to be revised to a higher rate.
Repayment of PLUS (for PLUS Loans on/after July 1, 2008)
Parents who wish to postpone PLUS payments are now able to delay their payment on new PLUS Loans until 6 months after the student is no longer enrolled---thep parent would need to contact Direct Loan Borrower Services for details/procedure. For Federal Direct PLUS Loans with loan periods starting Summer 2009 or after, the interest rate is 7.9%.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
All students who meet the following criteria are eligible to participate in the Stafford Loan or the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) programs:
You are not eligible to receive financial aid if you are currently in default on student loans or owe money to the federal government for financial aid you were ineligible to receive.
Distribution of Refunds
Federal regulations require any excess PLUS loan funds to be returned to the parent (2013-14 FSA Handbook, p 4-39). Therefore, if PLUS loan funds create a credit balance on the account, the refund would be returned to the parent.
Refunds caused by the student's financial aid (all aid other than the PLUS loan) is refunded directly to the student.
***FAFSA Application is required to be eligible for the Parent PLUS Loan.***