To be eligible for a Direct PLUS Loan for parents, you must be a biological or adoptive parent (or in some cases a stepparent), not have an adverse credit history, and meet the general eligibility requirements for federal student aid (which the child must meet as well).
Secondly, can a step parent apply for a parent PLUS loan?
A stepparent who is married to the dependent student’s non-custodial parent is not eligible to borrow from the PLUS loan program. Legal guardians are not eligible to borrow from the PLUS loan program, nor are aunts, uncles and grandparents.
Simply so, do both parents have to apply for parent PLUS loan?
8. Which of my parents should apply for the Parent PLUS Loan? The parent whose information is listed on the FAFSA will be the one who will apply for the Parent PLUS Loan.
How hard is it to qualify for parent PLUS loan?
No minimum credit score is needed to get a parent PLUS loan. Federal loans aren’t like private parent student loans, which use your credit score to determine whether you qualify and what interest rate you’ll receive. But parent PLUS loans do have a credit check, and you won’t qualify if you have adverse credit history.
1. You can borrow as much as you need. Unlike other types of federal student loans, Parent PLUS Loans have virtually no limits when it comes to borrowing. You can borrow up to the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received.
The FAFSA becomes available on Oct. 1 each year, and it’s a good idea to submit it as soon as you can. As for the parent PLUS loan, you can typically apply for it a few months later, in the spring or early summer.