Graduate students seeking to receive loan funding must begin the application process by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by following the link: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. By completing the FAFSA, all graduate students will automatically qualify to receive up to $20,500 per academic year in Federal Direct Loans. Students wishing to borrow more than $20,500 per year may apply for the additional funding through the Graduate PLUS loan program. Instructions for applying for each type of loan are listed below.
If you are seeking to borrow Federal Direct loans for the academic year, you will first need to complete the FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. After completing the FAFSA, students will need to visit the Department of Education’s Direct Loan website and complete the following steps:
*Please note- To apply for a federal Direct Loan, students must complete both federal entrance loan counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) with the Department of Education. These processes must be completed in order to receive your loan. If you have a question regarding the loan application, entrance loan counseling process, or your award letter, please contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 919-760-8565 or email at Finaid@meredith.edu.
In order to receive a graduate PLUS loan for the academic year, students must first apply for and accept all federal Federal Direct loans available. If a student requires more funding than the $20,500 available through the federal Direct loan, the additional funding may be applied for through the Graduate PLUS loan program by following the steps below:
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