If your credit is approved
- Complete the PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN) on the U.S. Department of Education Student Loans website. Choose "Complete Master Promissory Note (MPN)" then select "Parent PLUS." Follow the four-step process to accept your loan.
- The total amount you can borrow is equal to your student's Cost of Attendance minus other Estimated Aid (these figures are listed on your student's financial aid award).
If your credit is declined
- If you have an adverse credit history, you may still receive a Direct PLUS Loan by obtaining an endorser who does not have an adverse credit history or documenting to the U.S. Department of Education’s satisfaction extenuating circumstances relating to your adverse credit history. If you are a parent borrower, the endorser cannot be the child on whose behalf you are borrowing. For more information visit, StudentLoans.gov or by calling Direct Loan Applicant Services at 800-557-7394 for more information regarding your denial, appeal, or endorser process.
- PLUS online Counseling is required for all borrowers, www.studentloans.gov.
- PLUS online Counseling is intended to help Direct PLUS Applicants:
- Understand the cost and obligations that come with borrowing a PLUS Loan.
- Make careful decisions about taking on Federal loan debt.
- If a parent borrower is unable to secure a PLUS loan, the undergraduate dependent student may be eligible for additional unsubsidized loans to help pay for their education.
- The parent borrower must first send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org from the same email account used on their denied Federal Parent PLUS application to confirm they do not wish to appeal the credit decision or seek an endorser.
- Then the dependent student must complete and submit the Undergraduate Federal Loan Change Request Form (found on the Forms section of this website) and submit to the SFS Office for review.