To be eligible, the student must:
- Be admitted into a degree-seeking program
- Be registered at least half-time (6 credits)
- For the 2019 summer term: file a 2018-19 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- For the 2019-20 academic year: file a 2019-20 FAFSA
- Be considered a dependent undergraduate student (as defined by the FAFSA application)
- Not be in default on any federal student loans, or in overpayment of any type of federal aid
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
To be eligible, the parent must:
- Be the student’s parent, or
- A stepparent whose information is listed on the FAFSA
- Pass a credit check run by the Department of Education
Fees and Interest Rate Information:
- The interest rate for loans first disbursed between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 is 7.08%.
- Loan fees are deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement, so the amount you receive is less than the amount you are awarded.The fee amount for Parent PLUS Loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 2019 is 4.248%.
- For additional information regarding loan fees and interest rates, please go to studentaid.ed.gov.
To apply for the Parent PLUS Loan:
- Fill out the PLUS Loan Application at studentloans.gov.
- First-time borrowers or those requiring an endorser must complete a Master Promissory
Note (MPN) at studentloans.gov.
Options if the Parent PLUS Loan credit check is denied:
- The borrower can apply for the loan with an endorser (credit-worthy co-signer). The U.S. Department of Education will send you instructions on how to apply with an endorser.
- Appeal to the U.S. Department of Education if there are extenuating circumstances. The U.S. Department of Education will send you instructions on how to appeal the credit denial.
- The student can apply for additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan funds by submitting the “Additional Direct Loan Request” form available to complete on our website at financialaid.utah.edu/forms. If you have questions, please contact the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at (801) 581-6211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Borrowers with an adverse credit history, including those who are initially denied and then approved on appeal or with an endorser:
- Must complete a “PLUS Counseling” session before funds can be disbursed to the tuition account.
- PLUS Counseling is valid for 180 days
Repayment of Parent PLUS Loans:
- Interest begins to accrue after the first disbursement of the loan
- Repayment begins 60 days after the final loan disbursement, unless the parent requests a deferment while the student is enrolled at least half-time, and for an additional six months afterwards
- The Department of Education is the lender, but payment will be made to a servicer appointed by the Department.
- Loan history and servicer contact information is found at nslds.ed.gov.
- Information on repayment plans, consolidation, deferment, etc. is found at studentaid.ed.gov.
If you do not wish to apply online for the Parent PLUS Loan, please contact our office at (801) 581-6211 for information.