How long do I have to pay back the Direct Parent PLUS loans?

Generally, you'll have from 10 to 25 years to repay your loan, depending on the repayment plan that you choose. You can choose to repay your PLUS loan using the Standard, Extended, or Graduated repayment plan.

Your loan servicer will notify you of the date your first payment is due. If you do not choose a repayment plan, the Dept. of Education will place you on the Standard Repayment Plan, with fixed monthly payments for up to 10 years. Most Direct Loan borrowers choose to stay with the Standard Repayment Plan, but there are other options for borrowers who may need more time to repay or who need to make lower payments at the beginning of the repayment period.

Parents can change their repayment plans at anytime by going to studentloans.gov and logging into their account.

If you're not sure who your loan servicer is, you can look it up on www.nslds.ed.gov or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243; TTY 800-730-8913). To see a list of Federal Student Aid servicers for the Direct Loan Program and for FFEL Program Loans purchased by the U.S. Department of Education, go to the Loan Servicer page.

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  • Topic #: 8202-143
  • Date Created: 9/15/2011
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