Even worse, Parent PLUS loans have the highest interest rates among all federal student loans. Plus, that’s expected to rise again on July 1, 2015, when rates will be set for the upcoming school year. Pros: Lowers monthly payments and offers Parent PLUS loan forgiveness after 25 years. Requires paying a higher percentage of income than other repayment plans.On the plus side, I’m happy to report that many Parent PLUS loan repayment options available to students with loans are also available to parents. Currently, the Income-Based Repayment and Pay As You Earn plans aren’t available for Parent PLUS loans.Parents can take out a new loan for each school term and reconsolidate each year, locking in those rates when the rates are favorable.Consolidating PLUS loans also can provide access to different repayment terms, such as extended, graduated, income contingent, and income-based repayment.If the student agrees to make payments on the PLUS loan, but fails to make on-time payments, the parents will be held financially responsible!
But, as of July 1, 2013, there is no cap on the interest rate.
Remember, PLUS loans are the financial responsibility of the parents, not the student.