The Act also eliminates the upfront rebate for all Federal Direct Loans. Starting July 1, 2012, Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loan disbursements will have a one percent origination fee, and Federal Direct PLUS loans will have a four percent origination fee applied at disbursement.
The Graduate PLUS Loan is for graduate and professional students who need assistance financing an education that is not covered by other forms of financial aid. It's an affordable alternative to using savings, income, or private loans for educational costs. Graduate PLUS Loans are available to credit worthy, U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. To process a loan you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and initially apply for a Stafford loan. The amount you will be eligible to borrow will be determined by the total cost of your educational program less the amount you receive from the Stafford loan and other financial aid.
When you apply for a Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan, the U. S. Department of Education will check your credit history. To be eligible for a Grad PLUS Loan, you must not have an adverse credit history. If you are found to have an adverse credit history, you may still borrow a Grad PLUS Loan if you get an endorser who does not have an adverse credit history. An endorser is someone who agrees to repay the Direct Grad PLUS Loan if you do not repay the loan. The endorser may not be the student on whose behalf a parent obtains a Direct PLUS Loan. In some cases, you may also be able to obtain a Grad PLUS Loan if you document to our satisfaction that there are extenuating circumstances related to your adverse credit history.
As of July 1, 2010 the federal government has eliminated the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program. All student and parent loans will be originated through the federal government's Federal Direct Loan program. Students who have previously borrowed through a lender under the FFEL program will need to sign a new Master Promissory Note (MPN)with the federal government in the Direct Loan program for all loans disbursed after July 1, 2010.
The Federal Direct Grad Plus Loan Program requires a 3% origination fee and a 1% default fee. The fees total 4% so the net disbursement is 96% of the gross loan amount. The U. S. Department of Education deducts the fees before you receive any loan money, so the loan amount you actually receive will be less than the amount you have to repay.
The interest rate for Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans is a fixed rate of 7.9%. 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 on interest rates for Direct PLUS Loans, contact the Direct Loan Servicing Center at 800-557-7394.
***Attention MAC users, you must use "Internet Explorer" or "Firefox" as your browser in order to complete your Master Promssory Note and Loan Entrance Interview. "Safari" is not compatible with the Dept. of Education's website.***
STEP 1: Electronically sign your Graduate PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN)
STEP 2: Complete your PLUS Loan Entrance Interview online
Per Federal Regulations, all Plus borrowers must complete a Grad Plus Loan Entrance Interview before the loan can be certified. Click on the link below and follow the instructions for the Graduate Plus Entrance Interview.
Step 3: Complete your 2011-2012 Federal Graduate PLUS Loan FormTo finalize the loan process you must complete and return the loan certification to the Office of Student Financial Assistance. You may download and print this document using the link above.
**Attention Graduate Students**
Per Federal regulations, You MUST be enrolled/registered for at least 6 credits per term/semester in order for your Federal Stafford Loan or your Federal Grad Plus loan to disburse. Please remember that when you complete your Confidential Information form you will be indicating which terms/semesters you will be taking courses. Your loan disbursements will be divided by the terms you state on the form. Each of the terms/semesters you will be taking courses, you must maintain at least Half Time enrollment or at least 6 credits in order for your loan disbursements to be in compliance with Federal Regulations. This includes the Late Spring/Summer semesters. If you fail to maintain at least half time enrollment your loan disbursements will be canceled.