Not Required to Borrow
You are not required to borrow a Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan and/or may borrow less than the amount offered. You can also decide to cancel a loan and have funds returned to the lender. You will be required to repay any student account balance when a disbursed Parent PLUS loan is canceled.
Deadline to Accept Parent PLUS Loans
Parent(s) must accept the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan before the end of the academic term. For example, sometimes students decide to attend in the Fall but do not return in the Spring term. In this case, the student would only be eligible for the Fall portion of the loan (half of the requested amount), and the parent would need to accept the Parent PLUS Loan before the end of the Fall term.
Parents Must Have Guest Access
Your student needs to assign Guest Access to the parent(s) who will apply for the Parent PLUS Loan. For financial aid purposes, the parent(s) must be given the following level of access in the Financial Info section: View All, Make Payments, Parent PLUS Loan. For instructions, click here.
Loan Rates and Discounts
Revised July 1, each year by the U.S. Department of Education
7.21%* fixed** Parent PLUS loan interest rate
- 10.5% Life time interest rate cap (Parent PLUS)
- 4.292%* Origination Fee (May be revised October 1st each year without notice)
- 0.25% Interest rate discount for auto debit (May be revised without notice at the discretion of the U.S. Secretary of Education)
- Loans are serviced by agencies contracted by the U.S. Department of Education
*For the most up to date information on rates and discounts, visit the US Department of Education.
**Currently Federal Direct Student Loans are fixed interest rate loans. The new annual interest rates are only for new loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2014. Prior loans are not affected by a change in the interest rate or origination fee.
The Parent PLUS loan decision should be made based on the total years of the student’s academic career. For example: If you borrow $10,000 the first year and the student program is four years in length, you would need to borrow a total of $40,000 for the next four years. Use the Repayment Estimator to estimate your federal student loan payments under each repayment plan.
Parent PLUS Loan Eligibility
Parents/Students Must File a New Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Families must file the FAFSA to be awarded any federal student loan including the Federal Direct Parent PLUS. We recommend you file the FAFSA before March 1st of each year. Your student must be offered a Parent PLUS Loan to complete the application process.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
Student must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for financial aid.
Legal Name and Social Security Number (SSN) Required
You must use your legal name and SSN as it appears on your social security card for all loan documents. This information must also match your Federal PIN and FAFSA. You cannot use nick names or initials of your first or last name for these legal documents.Doing so will cause your Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan application to be rejected by the lender and/or credit agencies. This will cause long delays in the processing of your request and the disbursement of funds.
Federal regulations require that a Parent PLUS Loan be borrowed by either a biological parent or an adoptive parent. Any step-parent can also borrow the Parent PLUS loan for their student as long as their income is listed on the FAFSA with one of the two biological or adoptive parents.
If you, the parent, are an eligible non-citizen, you will be required to complete the citizenship section on the UA Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Request-Confirmation Form. This Section will require you to provide your Alien ID number (A#).
Schools Determine Eligibility
Congress has given colleges and universities the sole responsibility for determining your eligibility for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan. We are also responsible for continuously monitoring your eligibility during the academic year.
A student may lose eligibility for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan funds if they:
- fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress
- drops below minimum units
- fails to submit documents before the certification deadlines
- receives additional aid over the cost of attendance
Your consent is not required if UA has to cancel or reduce your loans to remain in compliance with Federal regulations.
Credit Approval and Denial
Approval of the Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan is subject to a credit check by your lender, the U.S. Department of Education (ED). This loan is also subject to an origination fee at disbursement. Credit status is only good for 90 days after which time a new credit check will be required. This is one reason we recommend families request the full anticipated amount they need for the full academic year in one loan.
- Bankruptcy (Chapters 7, 11, or 12 within the past 5 years)
Note: Department Policy does not consider Chapter 13 bankruptcy adverse.
- Voluntary surrender within the last 5 years
- Repossession within the last 5 years
- Foreclosure proceedings started
- Foreclosure within the last 5 years
- Deed in lieu of foreclosure
- Accounts currently 90 days or more delinquent
Note: Accounts currently reported as 90 days or more delinquent, which are over 5 years old since the last reported delinquency, are not considered adverse.
- Wage garnishment within the last 5 years
- Defaulted loan that has been claim paid
- Lease or contract on secured real estate
- County/State/Federal tax lien, within the past 5 years
Parent(s) with adverse credit will be denied. See Protect your credit for adverse credit Information.
For additional information about adverse credit, click here.
Determine Your Credit Eligibility
Families who are uncertain of their ability to borrow this credit-based loan are encouraged to determine their creditworthiness by using the credit check tool at studentloans.gov. After the parent has logged in, click “Request PLUS Loan” and complete the entire process to generate the credit check*.
*UA will not receive confirmation from this credit check until the parent completes the steps here to apply for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan
If Denied for Adverse Credit
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will notify you if you are denied the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan. The school will provide the loan reference/ ID number for a denied loan.
If you are denied the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, you and your family will have three options available. UA will not continue to process the loan until you communicate, via email, which of the below options you prefer. Please note that once one of these options is selected, we will process your aid based on that selection. You must notify our office via email to authorize a change in your original selection, as we will not take action based solely on new information received from ED or received over the phone. The options available to families are as follows:
- You may appeal the adverse credit decision with the Direct Loan Applicant Service Center at 1.800.557.7394
- You may obtain a credit worthy endorser. Be aware, if you are denied you will most likely continue to be denied in the future. You should be prepared to secure an endorser this year who can assist you for future years as well.
Loan reference numbers for the 2014-2015 Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans will be sent beginning July 28, 2014
- Your student may accept an additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan
• Additional Unsubsidized loan amount limit for a Freshmen and Sophomores is $4,000
• Additional Unsubsidized loan amount limit for a Juniors and Seniors is $5,000
Requesting Additional Federal Direct Parent PLUS Funds
To request that an additional Parent PLUS Loan be offered to your student, you must contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 520.621.1858. If two different Parents intend to borrow a Parent PLUS loan for the student:
- Contact our office and request that your student is offered two separate Parent PLUS loans (one for each parent)
- Your student must provide each parent with separate Guest Access
Requesting Cancelation of Your Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
A written request (FAX, email) is required to reduce or cancel a Parent PLUS Loan. Any account balance created as a result of the reduction or cancelation of a disbursed loan must be repaid immediately.