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Direct PLUS Loans for graduate and professional students

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Interest rate

Loan limits

You may borrow up to the cost of education minus any financial aid received. There is no aggregate maximum.

Loan programs

Important note about Federal PLUS Loans and the Federal Family Education Loan Program: Beginning July 1, 2010, the loan types are Direct PLUS Loans available through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. The U.S. Government makes these loans directly through schools.

If you borrowed prior to July 1, 2010, you may have a Federal PLUS Loan (also known as a Federal Grad PLUS Loan) from the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program. (Under the FFEL Program, private lenders such as banks, credit unions, and savings and loan associations made the loans.) Although the FFEL Program and Federal PLUS Loans no longer are available, existing loans remain active.

Loan repayment

You have a variety of repayment options. Learn more.

Deferment and forbearance

If certain special circumstances arise that make it temporarily difficult for you to make your loan payments, you may qualify for a deferment or forbearance.

Cancellation, forgiveness, and discharge

Learn more about cancellation.