government aid: Parent PLUS Loan
about parent PLUS loans
Government guaranteed fixed rate loan that covers up to 100% of your dependent child's cost of education, less any financial aid awarded the child. Designed to pay for education-related expenses as certified by the institution.
|Loan Amounts:||up to 100% of education costs minus aid given|
|Payments Begin:||60 days after the first loan disbursement|
|Interest Rates:||fixed for the life of the loan: see rates|
|No Restrictions:||no prepayment penalties; no collateral|
Detail Loan Information
PLUS loans are available to the parents of dependent undergraduate students enrolled at least half time in an eligible program at an eligible school
The student must meet certain criteria in order qualify for financial student loan assistance:
- display a need for financial aid (except for unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS loans).
- complete high school and have been awarded a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate.
- pass a college entrance exam approved by the U.S. Department of Education, and/or meet other standards your state may establish.
- be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working at least half-time toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.
- be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- have a valid Social Security number, link to obtain SSN:
- make satisfactory academic progress.
- sign a statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) certifying that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
- sign a statement on the FAFSA certifying that you are not in default on a federal student loan and that you do not owe money back on a federal student grant.
- register with the Selective Service (for young men age 18 and over).
you can register online:
The school's Financial Aid Office will determine the student's dependent or independent status.
General guidelines state that students who are "independent" from their parents or guardians for basic living expenses will be eligible for Independent student loan limits. Students who are "dependent" upon their parents or guardians for basic living expenses will be eligible for Dependent student loan limits:
view student dependency status
Parents may borrow up to the cost of attendance minus the amount of any financial aid received
(including received Stafford student loan amounts)
Borrowed funds will be paid directly to the school from the lender or by the Federal Government under FDSLP.
The school will first use the money to pay your child's tuition and fees. Any remaining PLUS loan money is credited to your child's account or paid to the parents directly. The school must notify the parent of all credited funds.
PLUS loans are fixed rate loans with an upper limit,
Meaning that the rate will remain fixed for term of the loan. Fixed rates are applicable for all loans disbursed after July 01, 2007.
view current PLUS Loan rates:
click here for rates
You may be required to pay up to 4% processing fees to the lender upon loan disbursement.
Portion of these fees go the Federal Government and another portion to a guaranty agency to help reduce the cost of issuing the loans.
Generally these fees are deducted proportionately from each PLUS loan disbursement.
You may cancel the loan within 14 days after you receive written notification that funds have been credited to your child's account. Contact the school's financial aid office for cancellation terms.
PLUS loan repayment begins 60 days after loan funds have been disbursed to the school —
may be available for parents (the adult
students) who are attending school at
The repayment period is 10 years under one of the following plans:
you pay a fixed amount per month
you begin payments that are low (equal to the interest accrued) and then increase over time until full repayment
the monthly payments change based upon annual income
allows new borrowers on or after 10/7/98 with a total FFELP debt of at least $30,000 (FDSLP loans offer other repayment terms) to repay their loan (either fixed or graduated) for up to 25 years.
The PLUS loan is available only to parents who can pass a credit check;
If the parents fail to pass the credit check, they may receive the loan if someone with a good credit history co-signs for the loan or if the parent can show extenuating circumstances.
Interest paid on PLUS loans qualify a tax reduction
Borrowers who file tax returns can deduct some of the interest paid on their student loans. Taxpayers who have taken out loans to pay for the cost of attending an accredited college for themselves, a spouse, or a dependent may be eligible for this deduction.
see IRS tax publication for more information:
tax benefits of higher education
For more PLUS loan information:
financial aid steps in the application process:
reviews the steps required when applying for federal financial aid.
link to the U.S. Department of Education
to download the latest version of the Student Guide
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