May 15, 2009
Whose Name is a Parent Plus Loan In?
Parent Plus loans are taken out on behalf of the student by the parent, meaning it is in the parents name. The student is also listed on the application, but that is for enrollment purposes. It is the parents FICO score they run to see if they qualify, and thus, it is the parents responsibility to see to it that the loan gets repaid.
A common misnomer that many students and parents share is when a student gets out of school they can consolidate all federal loans together under one umbrella in their name; which includes parent plus loans, Stafford loans, and Perkins loans. The fact is they cannot. They can consolidate Stafford and Perkins loans, but the Parent Plus loan must remain in a parents name.