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Federal PLUS (Parent) Loan

A Federal Parent PLUS is a loan funded by the federal government and is available only to biological or adoptive parents of undergraduate FAFSA applicants who are classified as 'dependent' and who are enrolled at least half-time.

Interest Rate and Fees

Direct PLUS Loans

Loan first disbursed on or after 7/1/14 and before 7/1/15
Loan first disbursed on or after 7/1/15 and before 7/1/16
Loan first disbursed on or after 07/1/16 and before 7/1/17

* Interest is charged on a PLUS Loan from the date of the first disbursement of the loan proceeds for a specific loan period until the loan is paid in full. 



Loans first disbursed on or after 10/1/14 & before 10/1/15
Loans first disbursed on or after 10/1/15 and before 10/1/16
Direct PLUS Loans

Interest rate cap for military members:  If a parent qualifies under the Service Members Civil Relief Act, the interest rate on loans obtained before entering military service may be capped at 6% during the parent's military service. Parents must contact their loan servicer to request this benefit.

How Much to Borrow

The University of Central Missouri’s Office of Student Financial Services always recommends borrowing only what you need as loans accrue interest. When determining the amount that you may need to borrow, students and their families should:

1. Determine what your actual tuition, room, board and book costs will be for the academic year. 
2. Create a budget for all of the other expenses that may be incurred while attending school (supplies, computer, transportation, toiletries, fun money, etc). 

Once you have determined what your actual costs will be, then you should review what funding you have available to help you cover your costs like grants, scholarships, and student loans, etc. If a student’s eligible financial aid does not cover all of their budgeted expenses, then have a discussion regarding what amount can be afforded to pay out-of-pocket for the year.  If the student’s eligible financial aid and the families out-of-pocket funds are not enough to cover the budgeted expenses, that difference may be the amount that you borrow for the PLUS loan up to our Cost of Attendance. 

See the below example of a student’s budget using UCM’s 2015-2016 Cost of Attendance for a resident Undergraduate student 

Estimated Budget
Books and Supplies
Room and Board
Miscellaneous Expenses
Loan Fees
Budgeted Expenses (COA)
Student's Eligible Financial Aid
Stafford (student) Loan
Difference between expenses financial aid
Personal payment
PLUS Loan amount for which you may apply

Repayment Options

Repayment (principal and interest) begins 60 days after the final disbursement of the loan funds for the loan period. Parents may elect on the PLUS application to defer payments while the student on whose behalf the parent borrowed the loan is enrolled on at least a half-time basis, and for an additional six months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. Please keep in mind that interest will continue to accrue even if loan payments are deferred.

Please click here for Budget and Repayment Calculators!

For more information on PLUS loan repayment options, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.


To be considered, a student must first complete and submit the FAFSA. A parent borrower normally qualifies for PLUS Loan funds as:

Application Process

Parents may complete the PLUS application at Parents will need their Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) in order to log on to the website.

If approved:

If denied:

PLUS loan borrowers who were originally denied a PLUS loan, but were subsequently approved due to a credit-worth co-signer or had an appeal approved by the Department of Education will need to log into and complete PLUS Loan Counseling before the loan will pay to a student's account.

If one parent applies for a PLUS loan and is denied based on adverse credit and the other parent applies independently and is approved, the dependent student is not eligible for the increased Federal Unsubsidized Stafford loan amounts.  

PLUS Override Requests

If a PLUS Loan Application is approved and the parent feels that there are exceptional circumstances that prevent them from borrowing a PLUS loan, a parent may apply for a PLUS Override RequestAll parents are required to apply for the PLUS loan before a PLUS Override Request will be reviewed; except families who have filed for bankruptcy and who can provide documentation detailing that as a condition of the bankruptcy they are not allowed to apply or co-sign any loans or families whose incomes are limited to public assistance (social security, disability, etc.) 

The following are examples of the exceptional circumstances that might be used to document a dependent student’s eligibility for additional Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans:

A PLUS Override approval or a PLUS loan applications denial does not carry over to subsequent academic years.  Parents will need to apply for the PLUS loan each academic year and provide current documentation if applying for a PLUS Override Request.

Circumstances that do not warrant a PLUS Override Request: