George Mason University

Federal Direct PLUS Loans

Undergraduate

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan

The Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, is a low-interest loan for parents of dependent undergraduate students. Federal Direct PLUS Loans are not based on financial need but are based on credit-worthiness. These are common questions students and parents have about the Federal Direct PLUS Loan program:

Who is eligible to apply?

Parents of full-time and part-time dependent undergraduate students may apply. The program is limited to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and eligible non-citizens. Students must be enrolled in a degree-granting program or eligible certificate program. Parents of students in a second bachelor’s degree program may also apply.

How do my parents apply for a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan?

Applications for 2017-2018 Parent PLUS Loans are now available at studentloans.gov.

Those who wish to apply for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan must complete the following steps:

Step 1: The borrower must sign into studentloans.gov with their own information and FSA ID. Note that for the Parent PLUS Loan, the borrower is one of the student’s parents.

Step 2: After signing in, the borrower will need to select the “Request Direct PLUS Loan” option, shown on the screen in blue.

Step 3: At the bottom of the screen, select the “Complete PLUS Request for Parents.” The borrower will need to complete all information in the tabs in order to submit the credit check process.

Step 4: Complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling session from the links on the left side of the screen. An option to link the MPN will be offered once the PLUS request is submitted.

Please be advised that the Federal Direct PLUS Loan will not credit to your student account until these requirements are satisfied and the loan application has been approved. The PLUS Loan may cover up to the student’s Cost of Attendance minus any other aid or outside resources.

How much can my parents borrow?

Your parents may apply for an amount up to the “cost of attendance” less any other aid.

How do I complete the electronic endorser application?

You can find instructions for completing the electronic endorser application here.

Graduate

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is designed to provide graduate and professional students with additional funds for their education. Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans are not based on financial need, but do require credit approval, and must be repaid.

Who is eligible to apply?

Graduate and professional students who have used all their federal loan eligibility for the year are eligible to apply for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan to cover up to the cost of attendance less any other aid received. The program is limited to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and eligible non-citizens. Students must be enrolled in a degree-granting program or eligible certificate program.

How do I apply?

All students who are interested in applying for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan at George Mason University must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once we receive your FAFSA, we will notify you of your eligibility. If your expected cost of attendance has not been met by the federal direct loans, and if you need additional funds, you may apply for a Graduate PLUS Loan at www.studentloans.gov using these steps:

Step 1: The borrower must sign into studentloans.gov with their own information and FSA ID.

Step 2: After signing in, the borrower will need to select the “Request Direct PLUS Loan” option, shown on the screen in blue.

Step 3: At the bottom of the screen, select the “Complete PLUS Request for Graduate/Professional Students” for the Graduate PLUS Loan. The borrower will need to complete all information in the tabs in order to submit the credit check process.

Step 4: Complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling session from the links on the left side of the screen. An option to link the MPN will be offered once the PLUS request is submitted.

Please be advised that the Federal Direct PLUS Loan will not credit to your student account until these requirements are satisfied and the loan application has been approved.

How much can I borrow?

The Graduate PLUS Loan may cover up to the amount of your Cost of Attendance less any other aid.

How do I complete the electronic endorser application?

You can find instructions for completing the electronic endorser application here.