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Parent PLUS loans

APSU does not automatically award Parent PLUS as part of the financial aid awards package. However, if a dependent student enrolled at least half-time has remaining need, parents may choose to apply for Parent PLUS loans to help cover educational expenses.


Who May Borrow?

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must have a FAFSA completed and on file for the appropriate aid year.
  • Student must be considered dependent by FAFSA and enrolled at least half-time in an eligible degree seeking program.
  • Student must have remaining financial aid need.
  • Both the student and parent must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.
  • Student must be making satisfactory academic progress per the policies of the university.
  • Both the parent and student cannot be in default on federal student loans or owe a refund on any federal grant or loan.
  • The parent borrower must have a sufficient credit standing for credit approval, as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.

Application Process

  • Application for the Parent PLUS loan should be completed online at www.studentloans.gov beginning June 1st prior to each academic year.
  • The parent must be the individual signing in with their FSA ID (used to complete the FAFSA) to apply.
  • After signing in, choose ‘Apply for a PLUS Loan’ followed by ‘Complete Request for Parent PLUS.’
  • Continue to follow prompts to complete the online application.
  • If credit is approved, first time PLUS loan borrowers must complete a Direct PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN) on the same website, www.studentloans.gov.
  • If credit is denied and the credit decision is not appealed or an endorser is not obtained, the dependent student may apply for additional Unsubsidized loan funds based on grade level and remaining eligibility for aid. To apply for additional Unsubsidized loan funds, students should complete the Additional Unsubsidized Loan Request Due to Parent PLUS Denial form, online.

How Much Can Parents Borrow?

Parent borrowers are eligible to borrow up to the student’s cost of attendance minus other estimated financial aid. Estimated financial aid includes federal/state grants, scholarships, federal work-study, federal student loans, tuition discounts, or any other aid paid by a third-party. 


Student A

Student B

Student C

Student D

Cost of Attendance (budget) for fall/spring





      - Estimated Financial Aid





     = Max Direct PLUS Loan Eligibility






Student A: received a $5,500 loan.
Student B: received a $5,500 loan and a $3,500 Lottery award.
Student C: received a $5,500 loan, a $3,000 Pell Grant, and a $3,500 Lottery award.
Student D: received a $5,775 Pell Grant, $5,500 in loans, $2,000 State Grant, $5,000 in Lottery awards, $4,876 work-study.

Interest Rates and Fees

PLUS Loans have a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan. In addition to interest, the U.S. Department of Education automatically deducts a loan fee from each loan disbursement before the money is credited to the student’s account. For current interest rate and fee information, visit the Direct Loan website at http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/plus or call the Direct Loan Servicing Center at (800) 848-0979 (TTY 1-800-557-7395).

When Does Repayment Begin?

Repayment of the Direct Parent PLUS Loan begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed. Parent borrowers may postpone repayment by requesting a deferment while the dependent student is enrolled at least half-time. During periods of deferment, interest will continue to accrue. During the online application process, the parent borrower will be given the option to select whether or not to defer the loan.