Federal Direct PLUS Loans

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The Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

The Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a Federal Educational Loan. The parent is the borrower of this loan. It is part of the student's financial aid package and students are required to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. The amount that can be borrowed is based on the cost of attendance less any other financial aid awarded.

Approved and processed parent plus loans are generally applied to the current charges on the student's account FIRST before other aid is applied.  Any credit balance that is generated as a direct result of the parent plus loan disbursing to the student's account, will go directly to the student unless indicated otherwise on the parent plus application.

Please note that when the PLUS Loan is requested to go to the parent, it is mailed and will not be E-Refunded.

Loan details are available at: http://www2.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/DirectLoan/parent.html

How to apply for a Direct PLUS Loan

  1. Your parent has been offered this award in your financial aid package.
  2. Parents will need to Sign In at www.studentloans.gov with their own FSA ID.
  3. Update the Personal Information box in the lower right corner.
  4. Click on "Request a Direct PLUS Loan."
  5. Make sure you choose Parent PLUS.
  6. Follow step by step instructions.
  7. Wait for us to send you an email once your loan has been processed. (7-10 days from the date of application completion).

If you already have a Parent PLUS Loan in place, but need to adjust your loan amount, please visit our Forms Page and you can find the Direct PLUS Loan Request Form for Parents under the Loan Forms section.


PLUS borrowers must be either: the biological parent, adoptive parent, or stepparent of the student. Stepparent eligibility is limited to those whose income and assets are taken into account when calculating the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Non-custodial parents may also borrow PLUS loan (a different PLUS-only application is required). Borrowers must sign a master promissory note (MPN). This can be done online at: http://www.studentloans.gov.

Information from the Direct Loan Basics for Parents brochure found at The Office of Federal Student Aid: http://www2.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/DirectLoan/pubs/studentpubs.html

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan at Evergreen,

  • You must be the biological or adoptive parent (or, in some cases, the stepparent) of the student for whom you are borrowing, and
  • Your child must be a dependent student who is enrolled at least half-time at The Evergreen State College, and
  • You cannot have an adverse credit history, and must be approved through the Federal Department of Education PLUS application process.
  • Both you and you and the student must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens, and
  • Both you and you and the student must not be in default on any federal education loans, and
  • Both you and you and the student must not owe an overpayment on a federal education grant, and
  • Both you and you and the student must meet other general eligibility requirements for the Federal Student Aid programs.PLUS Loan Limits

There are no set limits for Direct PLUS Loans, but you may not borrow more than the cost of your child's education minus any other financial aid received, such as a Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loan. Evergreen will determine the actual amount you may borrow. This amount will be indicated on your student's Financial Aid Information on my.evergreen.

Interest rate

The interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans is a fixed rate and can vary from year to year. Interest is charged on Direct PLUS Loans during all periods, beginning on the date of your loan's first disbursement. To find out more information or interest rates for Direct PLUS Loans, visit www.studentloans.gov for more information.

Loan Charges

In addition to interest, you pay a loan origination fee that is a percentage of the principal amount of each Direct PLUS Loan that you receive. This fee helps reduce the cost of making these low-interest loans. The fee is deducted before you receive any loan money, so the loan amount you actually receive will be less than the amount you have to repay.


Repayment of a Direct PLUS Loan begins 60 days after the full amount you've borrowed for a school year has been disbursed. This means that you generally must begin repayment while your child is still in school. For Direct PLUS Loans with a first disbursement date that is on or after July 1, 2008, you may request that repayment be delayed while your child is enrolled at least half-time and during the 6-month period after your child graduates or is no longer enrolled at least half-time.  If you would like to postpone repayment of your PLUS Loan based on your child's enrollment status, you must contact the Direct Loan Servicing Center.

Direct PLUS Loans for Graduate and Professional Degree Students

Graduate and professional degree students can borrow a Direct PLUS Loan to help cover education expenses. The terms and conditions applicable to PLUS Loans for parents also apply to PLUS Loans for graduate and professional students and are based on your personal credit score.

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