Federal Parent (PLUS) Loan

For parent borrowers, the Federal Stafford Loan Program offers the Federal PLUS Loan. This enables a parent with good credit history to borrow funds to pay the education expenses of each student who is a dependent undergraduate student enrolled in at least six credit hours for each semester of the loan period.

The yearly limit on a PLUS Loan is equal to your student’s cost of attendance less any other financial aid your student is eligible. For example, if the cost of attendance is $10,000 and your student is eligible for $7,000 in other financial aid, you could borrow up to, but no more than, $3,000.

The Hawkeye Community College Financial Aid office manages the processing of this loan and the Department of Education's Loan Servicing Center handles the servicing and repayment.

Loan Disbursement

All parent PLUS loan proceeds are released in one disbursement per semester and will be applied to outstanding balances on your student’s student account.

The Parent PLUS Master Promissory Note must be complete before the last day of the semester or the loan will not disburse.

Any remaining balance is then credited, according to the Hawkeye refund schedule, to the designee on the application form in one disbursement per semester.

If the remaining balance is refunded to the parent borrower, the student will no longer be eligible for the direct deposit option for any financial aid.

The parent may choose to cancel all or part of the loan up to 14 days after the disbursement of funds.

Date of First Disbursement Origination Fee
December 1, 2013 - October 1, 2014 4.288%
October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015 4.292%


Federal Stafford Loans must be repaid. Repayment begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed, unless a deferment condition applies.

Parents may request an in-school deferment for PLUS Loans taken out for their dependent child. Keep in mind that this change is only for PLUS loans that are first disbursed on or after July 1, 2008.

Borrower Direct Loan Type Date of First Disbursement Fixed
Interest Rate
July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015 7.210%
Parents, Graduate, and Professional Students PLUS July 1, 2013–June 30, 2014 6.41%
July 1, 2006–June 30, 2013 7.90%

Eligibility Criteria

  • pass a credit check. A credit check is only good for 90 days so if requesting a loan in separate semester, we will need an additional application for an updated credit check

    If you do not pass the credit check, you might still be able to receive a loan if someone (such as a relative or friend who is able to pass the credit check) agrees to be the endorser on the loan, promising to repay it if you should fail to do so.

  • In the event that the parent can't resolve the credit issue nor secure a co-signer, the student becomes eligible for additional Federal Unsubsidized Stafford loan limits up to $4,000.

  • your student must be enrolled in at least six credit hours for each semester of the loan period and meet federal program eligibility requirements.

To Apply

Complete the appropriate year Parent PLUS Loan Data form.

Once we have received your Parent PLUS Loan Data Application form, we will originate the loan. 

Once the loan has been processed, and the required credit checks have been approved by the Department of Education, we will email you additional information if necessary to finalize the loan.

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