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How to apply

Brunel University London start processing Direct Loan applications after May.

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

Step 1: complete a FAFSA form

You can 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
  • 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. Should you complete any updates to your SAR, it is your responsibility to notify the Funding Team immediately as it may affect your entitlement.

You must contact the Funding Team via funding@brunel.ac.uk to advise us of your completed application, each year of study.

We will then access your SAR to check your Direct Loans eligibility. (Please see section 'm I eligible' for more details).

Step 2: we review your application and eligibility

Once we review your application and eligibility for a Direct Loan, we will contact you via 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.

Step 3: complete a MPN for each loan type you wish to borrow

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 Brunel University London.

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 StudentLoans.gov.

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.

Step 4: Award Letter

Once we have received your written acceptance of the COA, we will 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 Student Loans website.