|Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loan|
The Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a government-guaranteed loan that families can use to cover all or a portion of their student's educational expenses and is available to families of all income brackets. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6+ credit hours) per semester to be eligible for a Federal PLUS Loan. A FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is required for a Parent PLUS loan.
As a parent of a dependent, undergraduate student, you may complete the following steps to apply for a Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loan.
Once the PLUS Loan Request Form is received by the USF Financial Aid Office, the borrower's information will be sent to the US Department of Education, at which time a mandatory credit check will be performed. You will receive notification of eligibility from the US Department of Education via mail.
How Much Can I Borrow?
There are no set limits for Direct PLUS Loans, but you may not borrow more than the cost of your child's education minus any other financial aid received. USF will determine the actual amount you may borrow.
What is the Interest Rate?
The interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans is a fixed rate of 7.21%. Interest is charged on Direct PLUS Loans during all periods, beginning on the date of your loan's first disbursement.
Are There Other Fees?
A 4.292% origination fee is deducted from each disbursement. Please follow directions on Plus Loan request form to calculate loan amount with origination fee factored in.