Loan Applications

2017-18 Loan Instructions and Applications:

To borrow a Federal Direct Stafford Loan:

  1. Complete the 2017-18 Federal Direct Stafford Loan Request Form. On this form, you must indicate the amount(s) you wish to borrow through the subsidized and/or unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan Programs and submit it to the Office of College Aid (Fax: 773-834-4300, E-mail:
  2. Complete the electronic Federal Direct Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note
  3. Complete Entrance Counseling

To borrow a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  2.  In June or later, complete the PLUS Application and obtain a PLUS credit approval online:
    • Sign in at StudentLoans using your Department of Education Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). Note: The family member must sign in using his/her FSA ID rather than the student’s FSA ID.
    • Select Apply for a PLUS Loan from the menu under the "Parent Borrowers" tab.
    • Follow the instructions and indicate the amount that you wish to borrow for the 2017-18 academic year. You will be given an immediate response on whether you are approved or denied.
    • The credit decision is good for 90 days
  3. If approved, follow the instructions to complete the Master Promissory Note
  4. If denied, you have three options:
    • Use an Endorser (creditworthy cosigner)
    • Take no action
    • Have the student borrow additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan funds (amount to be determined by the Office of College Aid with the maximum of $4,000 for first- and second-year students and $5,000 for third- and fourth-year students).

If you wish to adjust the amount that you previously requested, please contact the Office of College Aid at 773.702.8666.