Additional comments and instructions
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Acceptance Instructions and Information The Parent PLUS Loan is a loan for the biological mother or father, custodial stepparent (if information was reported on the FAFSA), or adoptive parent of a dependent undergraduate student. A parent can borrow the total estimated cost of attendance less the student’s total financial aid. If more than one parent wishes to borrow a Parent PLUS Loan for the same student, each parent must complete a separate 2013-14 Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Acceptance form and Master Promissory Note (e-MPN). A 2013-2014 FAFSA is required. A federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) is required to complete this process. If the parent applying for the loan does not have a federal PIN, they can apply for one at: www.pin.ed.gov.
There are three steps to process a Parent PLUS loan
Step 1: Complete the 2013-14 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov
Step 2: Complete and return the 2013-2014 Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Acceptance form You may complete the form online, above. Be sure to answer all questions. An incomplete acceptance form could delay processing.
Step 3: Complete a Federal Direct Plus Loan Master Promissory Note (e-MPN) Complete online at www.studentloans.gov.
Interest Rates The Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan interest rate is fixed at 7.9%.
Loan Fees There is an origination fee of up to 4.0% charged by the U.S. Department of Education for processing the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan. The loan fee is deducted proportionately from each disbursement of the loan.
Credit Checks In order to borrow a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, you must pass a credit check. After we receive the signed loan acceptance form, the Common Origination and Disbursement Center (COD) will perform a credit check and notify you of the results by mail. The Financial Aid Office will receive an electronic notification of the credit check results. If you have questions about the outcome of the credit check, contact the COD at 1.800.557.7394.
Denied Credit Checks If you do not pass the credit check, there are three options available to you. 1. Contact the COD at 1.800.557.7394 if you believe there was an error made on the credit check. 2. You can obtain a creditworthy endorser. The endorser must pass the credit check, agree to endorse the MPN, and agree to repay the loan if you would fail to do so. Information about how to proceed with this option will be included in your letter from the COD. 3. The student can qualify for an additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan in their own name.
Disbursements A positive credit check and completed e-MPN must be received before any funds can be disbursed to the student’s account. Estimated loan amounts will appear on the student’s account if we have received notification of a positive credit check. Any refunds resulting from the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan will be mailed to the parent address listed on the 2013-2014 Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Acceptance form.
Repayment on a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan begins 60 days after the final disbursement of the loan, and will continue while the student is enrolled in school. You may choose a Standard, Extended, or Graduated Repayment Plan. Information about these specific payment plans will be sent to you by the Direct Loan Servicer. If you are experiencing difficulty making your scheduled payments, you should contact Borrower Services at the Direct Loan Servicing Center at 1.800.848.0979.
Student Eligibility Before any Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan proceeds can be disbursed, the student must be: • Enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) • Enrolled in a degree-seeking program • Maintaining satisfactory academic progress