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THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR DIRECT STAFFORD OR PLUS LOANS

To apply for a Direct Stafford or PLUS loan, graduate students must complete and submit the following information:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which may be accessed at: www.fafsa.ed.gov. First, you will need to obtain a pin number, if you do not already have one. Go to: www.pin.ed.gov.
  2. Fill out the Lehigh University Graduate Student Financial Aid Application.
  3. If you have not yet borrowed through the Direct Loan Program, you will be required to complete a new Master Promissory Note (MPN) and complete the Entrance Counseling Session. If you have previously borrowed through the Direct Loan Program and you signed the Master Promissory Note less than 10 years ago, you will only be required to complete the Entrance Counseling Session for the first year in which you borrow at the graduate level.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Direct Loan Graduate PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN/Application) - Complete the MPN online. Be sure to electronically sign (e-sign) the application/promissory note to take advantage of the most efficient way to deliver the funds to the student’s account. In addition, a yearly Direct PLUS loan application must be completed to confirm the borrower is creditworthy. As part of the process, Lehigh University Office of Financial Aid will certify enrollment, cost of attendance, and other aid received.