The repayment period for Federal Direct PLUS Loans begins on the day the loan is fully disbursed. Unless the parent borrower requests an in-school deferment, the first payment of interest and principal is due 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed. An in-school deferment allows repayment to begin six months after the dependent student on whose behalf the parent borrowed ceases to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis. Deferment of Federal Direct PLUS Loans is for principal only; interest continues to accrue and the borrower must pay all of the accrued interest on the loan after it is disbursed. Enrollment by the parent in a post-secondary school may, under certain conditions, also qualify the parent for a deferment of repayment.
Multiple repayment plans are available to Direct PLUS Loan borrowers, including the following:
With the standard plan, you will pay a fixed amount each month until your loans are paid in full. Your monthly payments will be at least $50, and you will have up to 10 years to repay the loans.
To be eligible for the extended plan, you must have more than $30,000 in Direct Loan debt and you must not have and outstanding balance on a Direct Loan as of October 7, 1998. Under the extended plan, you have 25 years for repayment and two payment options: fixed or graduated. Fixed payments are the same amount each month, as with the standard plan, while graduated payments start low and increase every two years, as with the graduated plan below.
With this plan your payments start out low and increase every two years. The length of your repayment period will be up to ten years. If you expect your income to increase steadily over time, this plan may be right for you. Your monthly payment will never be less than the amount of interest that accrues between payments.
Estimate your monthly payment on each of the above plans.
You must repay your loan even if the student doesn’t complete or can’t find a job related to his or her program of study, or if you or the student are unhappy with the education you paid for with your loan.
However, the Department of Education may discharge (forgive) your loan if you:
- have your loan discharged in bankruptcy;
- die or if the student for whom you borrowed dies; and/or
- you become totally and permanently disabled.