Graduate PLUS Loans are available to eligible graduate and professional students up to the cost of attendance minus other financial assistance offered each academic year.
You must be enrolled in at least 6 credits as a matriculated graduate student in a graduate or professional program, and you must meet all of the other general eligibility requirements for the Federal Student Aid programs. In addition, you must not have an adverse credit history.
Apply for a Graduate PLUS Loan
STEP 1: You must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and receive a financial aid offer. You must accept all Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Student Loans offered before you will be considered for Graduate PLUS loan funding.
STEP 2: Go to http://studentloans.gov to start your PLUS application Process (available beginning May 1st for the 2013-14 aid year).
STEP 3: Sign in with your Federal PIN. Once signed in, go to "Start PLUS Application Process," then select "Graduate PLUS."
Once the form is completed, you will receive an instant credit check.
If the application is approved, first-time borrowers must complete an online Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling at http://studentloans.gov.
If the application is denied, there are two options, explained in the following messages that will be displayed after completing the online application:
1. Provide an endorser: The endorser must pass a credit check and sign a promissory note. An email with the Loan Reference ID and an endorser packet will be mailed to the borrower. The endorser will need the Loan Reference ID to complete the paper packet or complete the Endorser Addendum online at http://studentloans.gov. The endorser must create a Federal PIN to sign in and go to "Endorse a PLUS Loan."
2. "Credit Appeal -- I want to provide documentation of extenuating Circumstances" option: A package of additional information will be automatically sent to the borrower who will be prompted to send an email with contact information to applicant services.
Terms and Repayment Information
This interest rate is a fixed 7.9%. This means the interest rate will not change throughout the life of the loan. The Department of Education charges an origination fee of 4% on the principal amount of each Graduate Direct PLUS Loan. The fee is deducted proportionately from each disbursement of your loan.
Note: for loans with a first disbursement on or after July 1, 2013, the origination fee will increase from 4% to 4.204%.
Your first payment will be due within 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed. This will generally be while you are still in school. There is no grace period. However, while you are enrolled in school on at least a half-time (6 credits) basis, you are eligible for an in-school deferment that allows you to postpone payments on your loan until you graduate or drop below half-time (6 credits) status. You must apply for the in-school deferment; it is not granted automatically. Interest does accrue during periods of deferment. For frequently asked questions and answers about the Graduate PLUS Loan Program, click here. For additional questions on terms, repayment options, and/or consolidation, contact the Direct Loan Servicing Center at 1-800-848-0979 or online at https://www.dl.ed.gov.
Last Updated: 4/12/13