The Federal Direct Loan program is a federally-funded loan program available to students who need additional resources to pay for educationally related expenses. This loan program should be considered only as a last resort after all other options have been considered. Remember that loans must be repaid, with interest! Typically, repayment begins 6 months after you are no longer enrolled at a minimum of 6 credits.
Federal Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) are also available to parents of dependent undergraduate students. The interest rate is variable and a credit check is required.
HOW TO APPLY
STUDENT LOANS: All students interested in a federal student loan must apply using the loan process through CR. Begin by completing the FAFSA and all required documents, because you must first have your eligibility for other types of aid determined before your loan application can be processed. There are additional steps required as outlined in the Direct Loan Application Process.
PARENT LOANS: Parents may apply for a Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) online at www.studentloans.gov. Students must also have a completed FAFSA on file and meet all federal eligibility requirements in order for a parent to receive a PLUS.
If you have any questions about the loan application process or repaying your loans, you can call our Financial Literacy Specialist, Morgan Reeves, at 707-476-4183.
- Federal Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) are available to parents of dependent undergraduate students.
- Loan limits vary with the cost of the student's educational program and the amount of other financial aid received.
- The interest rate is variable and a credit check is required. The credit check is applicable for up to 180 days.
- Interested parents may get more information or apply for a PLUS online at www.studentloans.gov.