Dependent undergraduate students whose parents are applying for a loan must complete a FAFSA. The Federal Direct PLUS is a non-need- based, low-interest federally subsidized loan program designed to help parents provide funds for the parental contribution. Bryn Mawr College administers the PLUS application process and the funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Education. A Parent PLUS loan applicant must pass a credit check and should not have an adverse credit history.
To apply, go to: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
Interest Rate: Due to the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, interest rates on new Federal Direct PLUS Loans are established by the Department of Education each spring. Each loan will have a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan. For new loans made on or after July 1, 2017 and before July 1, 2018 the interest rates are:
* Federal Direct PLUS loans (Parents) 7%
On July 1, borrowers may view interest rates each upcoming academic year at https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/interest-rates.
Interest is charged on PLUS Loan during all periods, beginning on the date of the first loan disbursement. A PLUS borrower may pay the interest as it accrues during a deferment, or allow it to accrue and be capitalized at the end of the deferment period.
Other Fees: A loan origination fee of 1.069% will be deducted from the gross amount on all Federal Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed by September 30, 2017. For loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 2017, the loan fee may be different depending upon the across-the-board federal budget cuts, known as “sequester” put into place by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The Department of Education will notify borrowers of fee changes and will provide additional information.
Borrowing Limits: The yearly amount is limited to the difference between the student’s cost of attendance minus any other financial aid the dependent student receives, including Loan assistance. There are no aggregate PLUS loan limits.
Direct PLUS Master Promissory Note: The PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN) is a multi-year promissory note which a parent needs to sign only once, at the time he/she first borrows for that dependent. Parents may complete an electronic MPN (eMPN) at www.studentloans.gov.
Disbursement: When the parent borrows for the academic year, loan proceeds are disbursed in two equal installments, one per semester. If the parent borrows for only one semester, the loan funds are credited in a single installment during the term for which the loan was borrowed. Parents should take into consideration that a loan origination fee of 4.264% will be deducted from the loan disbursement each semester. This means that the net amount of PLUS loan funds credited to the student’s account will differ from the gross amount borrowed.
Repayment: Repayment begins on the date of the last disbursement. Parent PLUS loan borrowers whose funds were first disbursed on or after July 1, 2017 have the option of delaying their repayment on the PLUS loan either 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed or six months after the dependent student is not enrolled at least half-time. During this time, interest may be paid by the parent or capitalized.