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Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Graduate and Professional Degree Students)

Name of Program
Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Graduate and Professional Degree Students)
Website URL http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/plus
Direct PLUS Loans are federal loans that graduate students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay for college or career school. PLUS Loans can help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid.
Award Amount
The maximum PLUS loan amount you can borrow is the cost of attendance (determined by the school) minus any other financial assistance received.
Other Requirements/Conditions
If you are eligible for a Direct PLUS Loan, you will be required to sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN), agreeing to the terms of the loan. Graduate or professional students will also be required to complete entrance counseling before receiving a PLUS loan.
Application Process
In order to receive a Direct PLUS loan, you (or your child, in the case of parent borrowers) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM). The school's financial aid office will provide instructions about their process for requesting a Direct PLUS Loan.
Deadline Date
Open application period.
Target Audience
Veteran, Have a B.A. or B.S. degree, Interested in teaching in a low-performing school and critical shortage areas, Interested in teaching mathematics, Interested in teaching science, Interested in teaching special education, Residents of other states
Type of Financial Aid