Guide to applying for federal financial assistance

The University of Plymouth participates in the William D Ford Direct Loan Program and all loans are provided directly by the US Department of Education.

If you wish to support your studies financially at the University with a Direct Loan, then you must contact the University. We will not know if you wish to apply for federal loans, or how much you wish to borrow, unless you tell us. There are no short cuts to loan origination: all students must complete the steps listed on this web page.

We want to be sure that you have completed everything you have to do before we start to process your application because if the University begins the origination of loans for you, and your application is incomplete or information is missing, then your loan origination will fail and this will delay your access to federal financial assistance.

Once we have received your Federal Aid Request Form, then we will provide notification that the University is acting upon the information you have provided. We will verify this information, calculate your Cost of Attendance, access your Student Aid Report (SAR), assess your eligibility, confirm your tuition fees with the Student Accounts Team, confirm with you how much you wish to borrow, and, finally, issue an award letter once your loans have been originated. This letter acts as a 'proof of funds' for any visa application/renewal.