Due to COVID-19, interest will not accrue on federally held student loans for at least 60 days, beginning on March 13, 2020. The Department of Education may extend that period, depending on the status of the COVID-19 national emergency. For more information, please visit https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus.
A parent loan is a loan a student's parent may borrow to assist in paying for the student's educationally-related expenses. Parent loans must be repaid by the parent borrower.
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The Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students is a federal loan that credit-worthy parents of dependent undergraduate students can borrow for their child's educational expenses. The Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan is a form of aid that must be repaid by the parent borrower.
|Student Eligibility Requirements||The student must meet certain eligibility criteria in order to be eligible or maintain eligibility for Federal Student Aid.|
|Parent Eligibility Requirements||
Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
Be the student’s biological or adoptive parent; or be the student’s stepparent that was included on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
|How to Apply||
For loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2019, and before July 1, 2020:
For loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2020, and before July 1, 2021:
|Additional Loan Fees/Rebates||
For loans with a first disbursement date after October 1, 2019, and before October 1, 2020:
For loans with a first disbursement date after October 1, 2020, and before October 1, 2021:
The parent applicant must not have adverse credit history.
Parents of dependent undergraduate students who are unable to apply for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan due to an active bankruptcy may submit documentation along with the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Waiver for Active Bankruptcy for the student to be considered for an additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
Please note: If any parent applicant is credit approved, then the student is not eligible for the additional Direct Stafford Loan funds. Credit decisions are valid for 180 days, therefore a credit check should be completed no sooner than 180 days prior the student's start date.
|Options if Denied Credit||
Additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
Obtain an Endorser
|Annual Loan Maximums||Cost less aid. For information on costs, visit our Tuition and Fees page.|
|Aggregate Loan Maximum||None|
|Enrollment Requirement||Student must be enrolled at least half-time (at least 6 undergraduate credit hours).|
|Disbursement||Visit the Important Dates page for Disbursement Dates. Funds are applied directly to the student’s account. If the student’s account is paid in full and financial aid funds remain, the Office of the Bursar will issue the remaining funds to the parent in the form of a refund.|
|Grace Period||None. Repayment begins within 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed.|
|Minimum Monthly Payment||$50|
|Maximum Repayment Period||10 to 25 years depending upon your repayment plan. Visit the Federal Student Aid Loan Repayment website for more information.|
A Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan borrower may receive a deferment while the student is enrolled on at least a half-time basis. The borrower will want to contact their loan servicer to request a deferment. Deferment/forbearance may be available under other circumstances. Visit studentaid.gov for more information.
|Federal Loan Consolidation||Available under certain circumstances. Visit the studentaid.ed.gov for more information.|
Right to Cancel A Loan
Once you, the parent borrower, turn in the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Application, you have the right to cancel or reduce the amount that you accepted. If you want to cancel or reduce the amount of loan funds accepted, contact RaiderConnect.
Wright State University shall honor your request to cancel or reduce the loan if we receive your request (1) prior to you receiving a refund check from the Office of the Bursar or (2) after receiving your refund check, you request to return the entire loan disbursement. Otherwise, any portion of the loan that was refunded to you is your responsibility to return to your loan servicer. For assistance in returning loan funds refunded to you, please contact RaiderConnect.
Notice to Nonresident Students Applying for Ohio Residency
If your parent is not an Ohio resident and borrows a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan for your educational expenses, it can affect your application for Ohio residency. Please contact RaiderConnect for additional information.
Alternative or private loan programs are non-federal loans offered by various lending institutions to parents to assist students in paying for their educational expenses.
Interest rates for alternative loans, loan repayment terms, and rights and responsibilities vary by lender and loan, and eligibility often depends upon borrower or co-borrower's credit history.
Apply for Federal Aid First
Often parents borrow alternative loans after the student has exhausted all other forms of federal student aid, state aid, Wright State University aid and external scholarships. It is highly recommended students apply for federal student aid before applying for an alternative loan. You and/or the student may be eligible for federal loans. Visit the Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website.
How to Apply for Alternative Loans
Below are steps students should follow when applying for alternative loans.
- Explore other loan options first. Consider federal student loan options.
- If you'd like to pursue an alternative loan, contact the lender of your choice for information on how to apply. You may also view a list of alternative loan programs selected by Wright State University on FASTChoice. NOTE: You may choose any loan program/lender, even if they do not appear on FASTChoice. If a lender approves you for an alternative loan, the lender will send a school certification request to the Office of Financial Aid.
- Upon receipt of a school certification request, the student will be asked to return an Alternative Loan Data Request Form to RaiderConnect. This form will be assigned to the student's WINGS Express Eligibility Requirements page. Print and return the form to RaiderConnect.
- Upon receipt of the Alternative Loan Data Request Form, the Office of Financial Aid will complete and return to the lender a school certification, provided the student is eligible for the loan. If the student is eligible, the alternative loan will appear on the student's Award Notice via WINGS Express as "accepted."
- Depending upon the loan program, the lender may ask you or the student to complete a self-certification form prior to disbursing loan funds.
Wright State Policy for Alternative Loans