Federal Direct PLUS Loans

The federal Direct PLUS program is a popular financing option for graduate students, and parents of undergraduate students.

  • Borrow any loan amount up to the total student budget determined by Stanford, less any other resources.
  • 7.21% interest rate beginning when the loan disburses (2014-2015 academic year)
  • 4.288% origination fee will be deducted from each disbursement (4.292% if the first disbursement date is on or after 10/1/2014)
  • A credit check is conducted when you begin the loan application process. For more information about the credit check please visit the FAQ section of Studentloans.gov.
  • Undergraduate students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order for their parents to use the Direct PLUS loan program.
  • Undergraduates whose parents do not qualify for a Direct PLUS loan can borrow additional federal Direct loan funds.

Loan Repayment

  • For graduate students, repayment begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed and lasts ten years. You can postpone payments of your Direct PLUS Loan while you are in school with an in-school deferment.  
  • For parents of undergraduate students, repayment begins within 60 days after your loan is fully disbursed and lasts ten years. Parent borrowers may contact their loan servicing agency to request deferment of monthly payments while the student is in school. The name and contact information for the loan servicing agency is available on the borrower's record in NSLDS.
Updated on July 30, 2014 12:36 PM