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 determined annually by the Department of Education. For the most current interest rates, please visit
Federal Student Aid.
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
Complete and submit the Graduate PLUS Entrance Counseling online at
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.
Early Decision I: FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Nov. 15 Early Decision II: FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Jan. 15 Regular Decision Freshman: FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Jan. 15 Transfer: FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: May 1 Current (Continuing) AU Students: FAFSA: May 1