Grad PLUS Loans
What is a graduate student loan?
If you are a graduate student, the Grad PLUS Loan is an option for you to help pay your education expenses.
Here are some things to know about the Grad PLUS Loan:
The interest rate on Grad PLUS Loans is fixed.
The current interest rate for 2023–2024 is 8.05%.
The interest rate is based on the 10-year treasury rate plus a fixed margin of 4.6%.
There is a 4.228% loan origination fee on all Grad PLUS Loans. This fee will be deducted from each disbursement.
How to apply for a Grad PLUS loan?
- To start the process of applying for a Grad PLUS Loan, you and your student must complete a FAFSA.
- After ASU receives your student’s FAFSA and they have completed all the items under their Priority Tasks on My ASU, you may be offered a Grad PLUS Loan.
- If you are graduating in the fall, you must apply for graduation and notify Financial Aid and Scholarship Services in writing that you plan to graduate and will only need your Grad PLUS Loan for one semester. If you do not do this, your loan will be split over the full year.
How to receive a Grad PLUS loan
When are Grad PLUS Loans disbursed?
All Grad PLUS Loan funds will be disbursed to you through Electronic Fund Transfer and will be applied toward your outstanding charges no earlier than seven days prior to the start of each semester.
What happens to the leftover loan money?
Any remaining funds will be disbursed to you via paper check or direct deposit to your personal bank account. You can set this up through My ASU.
How to pay back Grad PLUS loans?
A Grad PLUS Loan is like any other loan. You must repay the loan even if your financial circumstances change or you don’t complete your degree. Grad PLUS Loan payments begin 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed.
Parent PLUS loan FAQs
Generally, you must have a good credit history to qualify. If your credit report indicates you’re 90 days or more delinquent on any debt; are in default; or have a bankruptcy, a foreclosure, a repossession, a tax lien, wage garnishment or a write-off of any Title IV federal financial aid during the last five years, you will not be eligible to borrow a Grad PLUS Loan unless you can obtain a creditworthy endorser who agrees to repay the loan if you don’t.
First, your student must grant you Parent Guest access to My ASU. Then:
- Log in to My ASU with your ASURITE User ID, and go to the Financial Aid and Scholarships box.
- View your offered Grad PLUS Loan amounts.
- Enter the amount that you would like to accept, but not more than the amount offered by ASU, and click the Continue button.
- Processing of your loan will initiate a credit check through the U.S. Department of Education.
- You must also complete a Federal Direct PLUS MPN if this is your first time borrowing a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan or if a financial endorser was required on a previous Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.
For all questions regarding your credit check, including credit criteria, please call the Federal Student Aid office at 800-557-7394.
There are some situations where payment can be deferred. It’s important to remember that if you are able to defer your Grad PLUS Loan, interest will continue to accrue during that time and any unpaid interest will be added to the principal balance of the loan. For more information on deferment, contact your loan servicer.
Federal PLUS Loans are subject to credit approval and can be denied based on certain criteria. You have three options available to consider if you are denied a Grad PLUS Loan because of your credit.
If your Grad PLUS Loan is denied because of your credit, you may be eligible to receive a Grad PLUS Loan by securing a creditworthy endorser who agrees to repay the loan if you do not, or you may appeal the decision by documenting extenuating circumstances. Contact the U.S. Department of Education PLUS Credit Appeal line at 800-557-7394 or online at studentaid.gov.
If you’ve been denied a Grad PLUS Loan and plan to secure a creditworthy endorser, you will be required to complete an Annual Student Loan Acknowledgment for Federal Student Loans. To complete the loan acknowledgement and ensure that your endorsed PLUS Loan is sent to ASU, go to Complete an Annual Student Loan Acknowledgment for Federal Student Loan.