Federal Student Loan Applications

In order to apply for most Federal loans, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the application for all federal aid including Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Pell Grants, and others.

For PLUS loans, schools may require the FAFSA, but not always. Instead, PLUS Loan applicants should contact a school's financial aid office to apply.

It's important that students file the FAFSA each year to maximize the amount of aid they receive, whether loans or grants. Students should consider applying for alternative student loans only after all federal aid is exhausted.

The following is a list of federally funded student loan programs:

Undergraduate Federal Student Loan Applications
• Federal Stafford Loan Get Started Learn More
• Parent PLUS Loan Get Started Learn More
Graduate Federal Student Loan Applications
• Federal Graduate Stafford Loan Get Started Learn More
• Grad PLUS Loan Get Started Learn More

In addition to loan applications, there are many forms available for repayment help, such as deferment or forbearance. For more information on these forms and to apply for repayment help, see our financial aid and student loan forms.