Eligibility Criteria and Repayment
The Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is available from the federal government to assist parents in meeting the cost of their child’s education. These loans are made to parents of dependent undergraduate students who are registered at least half-time (six credits or more) and who are matriculated in a degree or certificate program.
Repayment begins 60 days after the last disbursement (for example: after the spring disbursement for a fall/spring loan). Interest begins to accumulate at the time the first disbursement is made. Eligibility is determined by the financial aid office and the amount borrowed may not exceed the cost of attendance less any other financial aid the student is eligible for.
To borrow a PLUS loan for a student, the parent must be the student’s biological or adoptive mother or father. A stepparent is also eligible to borrow a PLUS loan if his/her income and assets were reported on the FAFSA. A legal guardian is not considered a parent for financial aid purposes. A credit check will be completed on the parent borrower prior to approval. Students and parents must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by using “FAFSA on the Web” at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Additional information about PLUS loans is available from the U.S. Dept. of Education at http://studentaid.ed.gov.
Interest Rates and Fees
The interest rate for Federal Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2016 is 6.31%. PLUS Loans are also charged a loan fee of 4.272%. For loans disbursed on or after October 1, 2016, the loan fee will be 4.276%.
Receipt of Loan Funds/Right to Cancel or Lower Amount of Loan
Your loan funds will be credited to the student’s student billing account in equal disbursements for all semesters reflected on the student’s award letter. You will be notified when your loan funds have been credited and you will also be notified that you have the right to lower or cancel the amount of the loan disbursement within 14 days of receiving the notice from the school that the money was credited.
You may also request that any refund that you receive be returned to the Direct Loan Program to lower the amount of your loan. At any time prior to receipt of the loan, you have the right to lower your loan amounts or to cancel any and all of your loans by notifying the financial aid office in writing.
Privacy Act Disclosure Notice
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a) requires that the following notice be provided to you. The authority for collecting the information requested on this form is 451 et seq. of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended. Your disclosure of this information is voluntary. However, if you do not provide this information, you cannot be considered for a Direct PLUS Loan. The information on this form will be used to determine your eligibility for a Direct PLUS Loan. The information in your file may be disclosed to third parties as authorized under routine uses in the Privacy Act notices called “Title IV Program Files” (originally published on April 12, 1994, Federal Register, Vol. 59 p. 17351) and “National Student Loan Data System” (originally published on December 20, 1994, Federal Register, Vol. 59 p. 65532). Thus, this information may be disclosed to federal and state agencies, private parties such as relatives, present and former employers and creditors, and contractors of the Department of Education for purposes of administration of the student financial assistance program, for enforcement purposes, for litigation where such disclosure is compatible with the purposes for which the records were collected, for use by federal, state, local or foreign agencies in connection with employment matters or the issuance of a license, grant or other benefit, for use in any employee grievance or discipline proceeding in which the federal government is a party, for use in connection with audits or other investigations, for research purposes, for purposes of determining whether particular records are required to be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act and to a member of Congress in response to an inquiry from the congressional office made at your written request.
Because we request your social security number (SSN), we must inform you that we collect your SSN on a voluntary basis but section 484(a)(4) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1091(a)(4)) provides that, in order to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under Title IV of the HEA, a student must provide his or her SSN. Your SSN is used to verify your identity and as an account number (identifier) throughout the life of your loan(s) so that data may be recorded accurately.
Students and parents must have already completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by using “FAFSA on the Web” at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Once the FAFSA has been completed, the Federal Direct Parent Loan (PLUS) application process consists of the following steps:
Complete the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Request Form and submit it to the financial aid office.
This form is in Adobe Acrobat .PDF format. If you are unable to view PDF files please download for free Adobe’s Acrobat Reader by clicking on this link: Free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Once the Financial Aid Office receives the Federal Direct Loan PLUS Request Form, a credit check will be completed. Once approved, the Financial Aid Office will electronically certify your loan. If the credit check is denied, notification will be sent to you with the option of obtaining an endorser for the loan or documenting extenuating circumstances to the Department of Education. (Please note, if the parent chooses to use an endorser or documents extenuating circumstances to the Department of Education and is granted, the parent must also complete PLUS Counseling at https://studentloans.gov.) Another option, if needed, would be for the student to complete the “Request for Additional Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan due to PLUS Denial” form and return it to the Financial Aid office. Federal law permits a dependent student to request an additional unsubsidized loan (maximum $4,000 for the academic year) if a parent has been denied a PLUS. Since this is an additional loan, the student should only borrow what is needed.
First-time parent borrowers must complete and sign a Federal Direct PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). If you have already signed a Federal Direct PLUS MPN previously for SUNY Sullivan or another Federal Direct Loan college (online or paper), you do not have to complete a new PLUS MPN.
Parents are able to electronically complete and sign their MPN on the web at https://studentloans.gov using their FSA ID and password. (Parents who do not have a FSA ID or password may create one by clicking here.) To complete the MPN, click on Log In and enter your FSA ID and password. Click Complete Master Promissory Note, then Parent PLUS and continue following the instructions and entering your information. If you should have any problems with this website, contact COD Applicant Services at 1-800-557-7394 for assistance.