Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

Questions?

For Prospective Students:
Phone: 202-885-6500
Fax: 202-885-1025
E-mail: facounselor@american.edu

For Current or Continuing Students:
Phone: 202-885-8000
Email: financialaid@american.edu

Contact Information


The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan is part of a federal program and is available to eligible graduate students enrolled in a Master's or Ph.D. program. This is a credit based loan, and the interest rate is fixed at 7.9 percent.

How to Apply

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Include the AU school code 001434 in the school release section.

  • Complete and submit the Graduate PLUS application and Master Promissory Note online at studentloans.gov.

  • Complete and submit the Graduate PLUS Entrance Counseling online at studentloans.gov.

  • The Federal Direct Loan program will forward your application on to our office to verify enrollment and eligibility. If eligible, a revised award letter will be available on the student portal once this has been reviewed.

PLUS Loan Denial

If your PLUS loan is denied, then you may still be eligible to re-apply using an endorser (co-signer). If applicable, information about this option will be sent to you from the Federal Direct Loan program.

Financial Aid Deadlines

Early Decision I: CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Nov. 15, FAFSA: Feb. 15
Early Decision II: CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Jan. 15, FAFSA: Feb. 15
Regular Decision Freshman: FAFSA & CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Feb. 15
Transfer: FAFSA & CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Mar. 1
Current (Continuing) AU Students: FAFSA: May 1

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