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How to apply

Please note that Brunel University London will start processing 2016/2017 Direct Loan applications after 1 May 2016.

In order to apply for a Direct Loan please follow the step-by-step instructions:


Complete a FAFSA form from www.fafsa.ed.gov

Full guidance can be found at: Completing your FAFSA

To complete your FAFSA application you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number;
  • Federal Student Aid PIN. For details please visit: Federal Student Aid PIN;
  • Your tax return (providing you filed one);
  • Your parents’ income tax return for the past year (dependent undergraduate students only);
  • Brunel University London’s Federal School Code - G11780.

Additionally, if you or your parent(s) wish to take a Direct Plus Loan, you or your parent(s) must complete a PLUS loan request and a Credit check at U.S Student Loans  You will require your Federal Student Aid PIN number and Brunel University London’s  school code: G11780.

Once your FAFSA has been processed by the US Department of Education, you will receive an email within 3-5 days, giving you access to your Student Aid Report (SAR); which you should keep for your records. We will access your SAR to check your Direct Loans eligibility. (Please see section Am I eligible for more details).


Once we review your application and eligibility for a Direct Loan, we will contact you by email to provide you with a Cost of Attendance (COA).  We must have your written approval of that COA before we can proceed any further.


Although you may have previously signed an MPN to receive FFEL or Direct Loan Loans, these MPNs cannot be used to make Direct Loans at our school. You must complete a new Master Promissory Note (MPN) for each loan type you wish to borrow. 

You can complete the Direct Loan MPN(s) electronically via the StudentLoans.gov Web site.

To complete a Direct Loan MPN electronically, you must have a Federal Student Aid PIN. This is the same PIN used to complete the FAFSA.

After you complete your MPN(s), you will be able to print and retain it for your records.  Please let us know once you have done this.  You do not need to provide us with a copy; we will access this online.


Only when we have received your written acceptance of the COA, can we prepare an Award Letter which can be used as proof of your financial provision for the intended course.  This letter can be used if necessary to meet the maintenance requirements of a Tier 4 (general) Student Visa Application.

Please note that if you have not previously received Direct loan(s) at Brunel University London, you will be required to complete Entrance Counselling before your loans are disbursed. For more information on how to complete your Entrance Counselling please go to StudentLoans.gov