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Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

Grad PLUS Loans are federal loans that graduate and professional students with good credit history may borrow to help pay educational expenses if you are enrolled in at least 5 credits per semester.

A student may borrow up to the total of the Estimated Cost of Attendance less resources and other financial aid. The interest rate for the 2018-2019 (fall 2018/spring 2019) academic year is 7.60%.

Interest is charged on the loan from the time the loan funds are disbursed until it is paid in full. Currently an origination fee of 4.264% is taken off your requested amount.

Applying for a Grad PLUS Loan

To apply for a Grad PLUS loan you must first complete the FAFSA. Subsequently, you will be required to submit to credit check, sign a Grad PLUS Master Promissory Note and complete Entrance Counseling session. In addition, to be eligible for a Grad PLUS Loan, you must be enrolled at least five credits per semester.


To be eligible for a Grad PLUS Loan, you must submit to a credit check by the U.S. Department of Education. You authorize the credit check when you agree to the Award Letter Financial Aid Terms and Conditions.

Grad PLUS Loan Processing / Receipt of Funds

The Direct Loan Processor will notify you and our office of the result of the credit check. You cannot be 90 days or more delinquent on the repayment of any debt or the subject of a default determination, bankruptcy discharge, foreclosure, repossession, tax lien, wage garnishment, or write-off of a Title IV debt during the last five years. If credit is approved, loan funds will be disbursed. The funds will be applied to tuition, fees, and other university charges.


If a Grad PLUS disbursement generates a refund, the refunded amount will be deposited into your Higher One account.

Repayment of Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans

Repayment begins within 60 days of the final loan disbursement during the academic year. Principal and interest payments may be deferred if you meet deferment requirements. Your Federal Direct Grad PLUS will be automatically deferred if you're enrolled at least half-time in a degree seeking program. For more information regarding Direct Grad PLUS loans, such as interest rates, processing fees, deferment, repayment, and more please visit Federal Student Aid.

You can estimate your monthly payments with various repayment plans by using the tool available online from the U.S. Department of Education.

Deadline to Complete 2018-2019 Grad PLUS Loan Request:

  • 2018-2019 Academic Year Loan Period: May 13, 2019
  • 2018 Fall Only Loan Period: December 10, 2018
  • 2019 Spring Only Loan Period: May 13, 2019

Deadline to Complete 2017-2018 Grad PLUS Loan Request:

  • 2017-2018 Academic Year Loan Period: May 14, 2018
  • 2017 Fall Only Loan Period: December 11, 2017
  • 2018 Spring Only Loan Period: May 14, 2018


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