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How to Apply for Federal Direct Loans

How to Apply for Federal Direct Loans

Federal Direct Student Loan ( First-time Student Borrowers)

First-time Direct Student Loan borrowers must complete both on-line Entrance Counseling and electronically sign a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). Locate or apply for your Federal PIN Number, this is the same number used to sign your Free Application for Federal student Aid (FAFSA). KEEP THIS NUMBER SAFE; you will need it to complete your Master Promissory Note, for renewal applications and to review your loans in the future. If you do not have a PIN, go to and choose either “Apply for a PIN” if you have never had one or “Request for a Duplicate PIN” if you had one but do not know it.   

1. Go to CLICK HERE (

2. Click on Sign In (use Federal Student Aid PIN number)

3. Click on Complete Entrance Counseling

4. Click on Complete MPN (then choose Subsidized/Unsubsidized)

This application is hosted by the U.S. Department of Education. When you complete these steps, we will be able to process the student loans for which you are eligible.

STEP 2: Federal Direct PLUS Loan (Parent Borrowers)

Direct PLUS Loans are available to parents of undergraduate dependent students. As a parent, you may wish to take advantage of this low interest federal loan program to help pay education expenses. The Direct PLUS Loan has a fixed interest rate of 7.9% for the 2012-2013 year.

  • Complete the Federal Direct PLUS (Parent) Loan Application.
  • The parent-borrower of a Federal Direct PLUS Loan must pass a credit check as part of the application process. You will be notified in writing of the results of the credit check with respect to the loan application.
  • 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.
  • If you are unable to secure a PLUS loan, then your student may be eligible for an additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan of $4,000 to $5,000. Our office will receive the notice of denial automatically from the Federal Direct Loan program, and an offer of this loan will be made to your student.

1. Go to CLICK HERE (

2. Click on Sign In (use Parent Borrower PIN number)

3. Click on Complete MPN (then choose Parent PLUS)

  • Once your Master Promissory Note and credit approval has been processed, the Federal Direct Loan program will notify the Wesleyan Financial Aid office that your loan is approved for disbursement.

NEED HELP? : Financial Aid staff is available to help you. CLICK HERE for contact information.