Graduate Loan Options

Please read all information carefully. For important information on loan fees and interest rates, please view the Graduate Loan Chart.

Federal Stafford and Graduate PLUS Loan Application Process

Stafford Loan Application

Important - Students who have previously completed the Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling will receive the full amount of their Stafford loans unless Step 1 is completed.

  1. If you DO NOT want your federal Stafford loan, or if you DO NOT wish to receive the full amount of your Stafford loan, please email studentfinances@augsburg.edu with your name, ID number, and requested loan amount. Please remember the amount you borrow will be split evenly between the terms of the year and remember to calculate origination fees.

ALL STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY BORROWED A STAFFORD LOAN AT AUGSBURG MUST COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHETHER YOU HAVE COMPLETED THIS, PLEASE VIEW YOUR DOCUMENTS TAB BY LOGGING INTO Track Your Financial Aid. (Augnet login required)

  1. Complete a Direct Stafford Loan Application (MPN). Under “Manage My Direct Loan”, select “Sign In.” You will then be prompted to sign in with your FAFSA pin number. Select the “Complete Master Promissory Note” to begin the Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized loan application (MPN).
  2. Complete the federal Entrance Counseling. Under “Manage My Direct Loan” select “Sign In.” You will then be prompted to sign in with your FAFSA pin number. Select “Complete Entrance Counseling.”

Graduate PLUS Loan Application

  1. Complete the Graduate PLUS Loan Application. Under “Manage My Direct Loan”, select “Sign In.” You will then be prompted to sign in with your FAFSA pin number. Select “Request a Direct PLUS Loan” to begin the Graduate PLUS application and select the amount you would like to borrow for the school year.
    • Note: Please do NOT select the “borrow the maximum Direct PLUS loan” box when you select the amount to borrow for the PLUS loan. If you are not sure how much you need to borrow, please contact the Student Financial Services Office at 612-330-1046.
    • Remember that the amount you borrow will be split evenly between the terms of the year. For example, if you borrow $4500, your loan will split evenly: $1500 for summer, $1500 for fall and $1500 for spring.
    •  Note: A 4% origination fee will be deducted from your requested loan amount.
  2. Complete a Graduate PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). Under “Manage My Direct Loan” select “Sign In.” You will then be prompted to sign in with your FAFSA pin. Select “Complete Master Promissory Note” and select Graduate PLUS to begin the Master Promissory Note (MPN).

Private Loan Options

Private alternative loans should be utilized only after all other financial aid resources have been exhausted. Private loan interest rates are variable and are often based on credit plus an index such as PRIME or LIBOR. Please follow the steps listed below to apply for a private alternative loan.

  1. Research and choose your lender. You may look at Augsburg’s preferred lender list or view other private alternative loan options(please note: students have the option to choose a lender not listed on Augsburg’s preferred lender list)
  2. Student and co-signer complete loan application online. Please note that the lender may request additional information such as income verification or proof of residency.
  3. Complete the self-certification form provided by the lender.
  4. Review the approval disclosure sent from the lender.
  5. Student and co-signer sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN).
  6. Lender sends loan information to school and school certifies loan information.
  7. Lender will release funds within 1-2 weeks after certification. These funds will be applied to your student account at Augsburg College.

*For information on how Augsburg selects lenders listed on the preferred lender list, view our Preferred Lender Arrangement Form.*