Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Parents)
The Federal PLUS Loan Program allows parents, with good credit histories, to borrow money to pay the educational expenses of dependent, undergraduate students enrolled at least half-time.
The PLUS interest rate is 6.31% percent for loans borrowed after July 1, 2016 and prior to June 30, 2017.
The origination fee for PLUS loans disbursed before October 1, 2016 is 4.272%. The origination fee for PLUS loans disbursed after October 1, 2016 is 4.276%.
The annual limit on a PLUS loan is the student’s Cost of Attendance budget minus any other financial assistance received (including Stafford loan funds).
Cost of Attendance (COA)
-Estimated Financial Aid (EFA)
PLUS Loan Eligibility
To apply for a PLUS Loan:
- The student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- The parent must complete the PLUS Request Process online at www.studentloans.gov.
NOTE: You, the parent, will need your Department of Education FSA ID to apply.
- If you, the parent, are approved to borrow a PLUS loan, you must complete Missouri Western’s Institutional PLUS Application (Form 8).
- If your PLUS request is denied, your student may be eligible to borrow additional loan funds under the Stafford Student Loan Program.
Once processed, PLUS funds will be sent to Missouri Western in two equal disbursements to be applied to your student’s charges for tuition, fees, room and board, and other university expenses. Any remaining funds will be issued to you (the parent). Remaining funds must be used for educational expenses.
Repayment on the PLUS Loan begins on the date the loan is fully disbursed (there is no grace period).
If you are a parent borrower, you may contact your loan servicer to request a deferment while you or your child are enrolled at least half-time and for an additional six months after your child ceases to be enrolled at least half-time.
If your loan is deferred, interest will accrue on the loan during the deferment. You may choose to pay the accrued interest or allow the interest to capitalize when the deferment period ends. Your loan servicer will notify you when your first payment is due.