• Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan

    Dependent students may have a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan included in their Hamline University Financial Aid Award Letter. Depending on need, a parent may borrow up to Hamline’s cost of attendance minus any other financial aid that is awarded to the student. The Hamline University Student Financial Aid Award Letter indicates the amount a parent may consider borrowing for a student’s education during the coming school year.

    The Parent PLUS loan is interchangeable with a private Alternative loan, which is a loan in the student's name rather than the parent's. For more information on Alternative loans, please visit hamline.edu/loans.

    Parent Eligibility Requirements for The Parent PLUS loan

    In order to apply for a Parent PLUS loan, you must be the student’s biological parent, adoptive parent, or the parent’s stepparent if the biological or adoptive parent has remarried at the time of application and their information is included on the FAFSA. Also, your child must be enrolled at least half-time.

    How to Apply-- 2021-2022

    Online Parent PLUS Loan Application-- Coming June 1st, 2021

    How to Apply-- 2020-2021

    1. Request Loan Amount: To apply for a PLUS Loan, complete the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Request and Credit Authorization below. (Hamline University does not participate in the PLUS Application found at StudentAid.gov.) Your Direct PLUS Loan will not be processed until we receive the completed Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Request and Credit Authorization. The amount requested will be split evenly between the terms for which the student is awarded. 

       2020-2021 Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Application 
      1.  Please note, in the wake of the recent credit breach, many consumers are now freezing their credit. Federal Student Aid uses two of the three main credit bureaus (Equifax and TransUnion) to run credit checks for PLUS loans. If a borrower or endorser places a credit freeze at only one of the bureaus, it is possible we could still receive a credit determination based on the information provided by the secondary credit bureau. Borrowers are responsible for unfreezing their credit if they are applying for a PLUS loan as Hamline does not have the authorization to do that for you.   


    2. Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) - First time Hamline Federal Direct Parent PLUS borrowers and borrowers that require an endorser must complete a Master Promissory Note for each of your dependent students HERE. Parents will need to sign in with their username and password used on the FAFSA. When logging in, please make sure to use the information for the parent who is applying for the Parent PLUS loan. If the student logs into the site and tries to sign the MPN, it will result in an error. For questions about Federal Direct Parent PLUS Master Promissory Note or approval status, contact the Loan Origination Center at 1-800-557-7394.   
    3.  Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement  The Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement is for student and parent borrowers who are accepting Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, PLUS Loans for Parents, or PLUS Loans for Graduate/Professional Students. It will take around 10 minutes to complete the Acknowledgement. Within the Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement, borrowers are able to view how much they currently owe in loans, their progress toward aggregate loan and grant limits (if applicable), and have access to content surrounding smart borrowing, interest rates, and payments.

      In order to fill out the Acknowledgement, you will need your Verified FSA ID.

      If this is your first time accepting a federal student loan, you are acknowledging that you understand your responsibility to repay your loan. You will also need to know the School Name, the Degree Name, and the Field of Academic Program.

              If you already have existing federal student loans, you are acknowledging that you understand how much you owe and how much more you can borrow.

    Loan Details

    Loans first disbursed on or after October 1st, 2020 have a loan fee of 4.228%. Effective October 1st, 2019 to September 30, 2020, the loan fee for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan is 4.236%, which is taken off the amount requested at each disbursement.

    The Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan has a fixed interest rate of 6.28% for loans disbursed between 07/1/2021-06-30/22, and a fixed interest rate of 5.30% for loans disbursed between 07/01/2020-06/30/2021.

    Repayment Information

    The Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan is flexible and allows a parent to decide how much to borrow. Repayment begins within 60 days after the full amount borrowed for a school year has been disbursed (around April 1 for a full-year loan). However, parents may request that repayment be delayed until 6 months after the student graduates or is no longer enrolled at least half-time. To request this deferment, parents must contact their loan servicer. A letter identifying the loan servicer is mailed from Direct Loans upon the first disbursement. Loan servicer information is also available within 7-10 days from the first disbursement on StudentAid.gov using the parent borrower’s information and FSA ID and Password. The minimum monthly payment on a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan on a standard repayment plan is $50 per month.

    If You Are Denied

    If your credit is denied, you will receive notification from the direct loan servicer. You can:

    • Seek a credit status override. Contact the Direct Loan Origination Center at 1-800-557-7394 and Equifax (their credit bureau) at 1-800-685-5000.
    • Request a review. If you have extenuating circumstances, provide documentation to Direct the Direct Loan Origination Center.
    • Have a third-party endorser co-sign the Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan application. Contact Direct the Direct Loan Origination Center at 1-800-557-7394.
    • Choose not to pursue the denied Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 651-523-3000 to discuss alternative options
    Please note: Some borrowers may need to complete online PLUS counseling. This is different than Entrance Counseling and, if required, must be completed in order for the loan to disburse. Direct Loans will notify you if you are required to complete the counseling. 

    Half-time*: At least 6 credits per semester.

    Full-time: At least 12 credits per semester.

    State Grant: At least 15 credits per semester for full award.

    *Half-time status is a requirement for all federal and some alternative student loans.