The Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a non-need based low-interest loan specifically for parents to help pay for the cost of a student's education after high school.
Traditional & Adult Undergraduate
This Federal Direct Subsidized Loan is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA. The federal government pays interest on this loan while the student is enrolled in school (at least half-time, pursuing a degree or certificate) and during a six month grace period after leaving in-school status. The fixed interest rate for the life of the loan is based on the date of the first disbursement.
Undergraduate & Graduate
This Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is non-need based and the student borrower is responsible for the interest which accrues on the loan while enrolled and prior to repayment. The student may choose to make interest payments during the in-school period or capitalize the unpaid accrued interest when repayment begins.
Lender-sponsored private loans
Private loans are an option that some families use to help pay for college. Due to strict credit policies, students should expect to need a cosigner.
Northwestern has a preferred lender list that was developed from these criteria:
- The desire of the lender to assist borrowers from excessive borrowing or facing default.
- The ability to demonstrate the stability of their private loan program into the future.
- Provide exceptional levels of customer service and offer current technological opportunities for easy application.
- A history of familiarity with both our institution and our borrowers (name recognition).
Students are free to select any lender for their private loan needs, and Northwestern will work diligently with any lender chosen. There is no penalty for choosing a lender outside of the preferred list.
To view our preferred lender list and get more detailed information about private loan options select FAST Choice.
Information for Direct Loan Borrowers
If you have completed your education at Northwestern and have borrowed a Direct Loan (Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans or Perkins Loan) while attending Northwestern, you need to do exit counseling for that loan. Once you have completed the online exit counseling we will receive email notification that you have completed the process.
Code of Conduct
Read the University of Northwestern Financial Aid Office Code of Conduct.