The Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan is a credit-based educational loan available to graduate and professional students directly through the U.S. Department of Education at participating schools, like UW-Madison.
**Beginning Fall 2021, all Federal Direct Loan borrowers must complete their Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement before the loan can be disbursed.**
**On March 20, 2020, Federal Student Aid began providing the following temporary relief on ED-owned federal student loans: suspension of loan payments, stopped collections on defaulted loans, and a 0% interest rate. These COVID-19 emergency relief measures have been extended through Sept. 30, 2021. Click here to read more.**
1. Submit FAFSA
You must complete the FAFSA. Be sure to submit any additional documents and/or information requested by our office that may be required to complete the application.
2. Review Financial Aid in MyUW Student Center
You must review your financial aid in your Student Center and accept or decline any offered aid.
3. Complete a PLUS Loan Application
You must apply for a Direct PLUS Loan Request for Graduate/Professional Student Borrowers.
**Be sure to specify the loan amount you want, do not write ‘maximum’. Be careful to borrow only the amount you think you’ll need. A credit decision will be received immediately following the submission of the application.
Denied borrowers will have the option to appeal or designate a cosigner/endorser. It is your choice to pursue this option. Borrowers who use an endorser or who successfully appeal the credit decision are required to complete additional PLUS Credit Counseling before the loan funds can be disbursed. For questions and answers about credit decisions and/or adverse credit history contact the Student Loan Support Center at 1-800-557-7394 or review Federal Student Aid’s fact sheet.
4. First Time Borrower Documents
First time PLUS borrowers must complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and the PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN) for Graduate/Professional Students.
When the MPN and all other requirements are complete, the loan money will disburse to your tuition account prior to the start of classes each semester. Note: PLUS loans will not automatically pay for UW Housing Charges. You are responsible for using excess PLUS funds to pay UW Housing bill separately.
First disbursed between 7/1/2019 and 6/30/2020
First disbursed between 7/1/2020 and 6/30/2021
First disbursed between 10/1/2019 and 9/30/2020*
First disbursed between 10/1/2020 and 9/30/2021*
*Due to Sequestration – origination fees will continue to adjust for all federal direct loans on October 1 each year.
Repayment begins 60 days after the final loan disbursement. Grad PLUS borrowers will automatically be granted an in-school deferment as long as they are enrolled at least half-time.
Everything you could want to know about repaying your federal student loan(s) can be found online – Federal Student Aid – Student Loan Repayment.