Graduate PLUS loans are part of the Federal Direct Loan Program.
For: Graduate students enrolled at least half time and who do not have an adverse credit history.
Loan Amounts: Students can borrow up to the cost of attendance minus any other aid. The total education cost can include tuition, living allowance, books and supplies, and transportation.
The interest rate for Graduate PLUS loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 is fixed at 7.21%, with interest beginning to accrue upon disbursement.
The interest rate for Graduate PLUS loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 is fixed at 6.84%, with interest beginning to accrue upon disbursement.
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loans disbursed on or after October 1, 2014 through November 30, 2015 have a 4.292% origination fee. The interest cap is 10.5%.
Federal Direct Plus loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 2015 and before October 1, 2016 have a 4.272% origination fee. The loan origination fee is retained by the federal government to reduce the cost of supporting these low interest loans.
The U.S. Department of Education is responsible for all Graduate PLUS Loan credit decisions. Graduate PLUS Loan borrowers are required to pass a simplified credit check, meaning that the U.S. Department of Education is not looking for a certain credit score or for an extensive credit history, but simply the absence of an adverse credit history. Students can view the status of their application by logging in to www.studentloans.gov or by calling Federal Direct Loans at 1-800-848-0979.
The following will cause a Graduate PLUS Loan to be denied:
Students will receive an immediate response of an approved or denied application upon electronic completion as well as the loan reference number, which is needed if the student wishes to pursue an endorser. The Walden University Office of Financial Aid will be notified electronically of the credit decision only if the application was completed electronically. Applications are not approved or denied based on the dollar amount requested; therefore, students should NOT complete additional applications once a denied decision is rendered by the Department of Education. Approval for the Graduate Plus loan is specific to the individual loan. It is possible to be approved for one loan and denied at a later date for a new loan. Once the loan application is denied, the student must either find an endorser or appeal the credit decision.
The Office of Financial Aid has no control or influence on the credit decision rendered by the U.S. Department of Education. Any and all correspondence regarding credit appeals and endorsers must be sent to the U.S. Department of Education.
Denied students still have two options to obtain the Graduate PLUS Loan:
Steps to be taken by the endorser—These MUST be completed electronically; paper addendums will not be accepted:
You will need to accept or reduce the Graduate PLUS Loan amount prior to the record being sent for certification.
Do you have questions about financial aid? If you haven’t yet applied to Walden, please contact an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 in the United States. If you are a current student, please contact a financial aid advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-WALDENU (1-800-925-3368).