Parent Student Loan - Harvard University Employees Credit Union
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Help finance your student’s undergraduate education.

The HUECU Parent Loan allows family members to help students cover education-related expenses.


Benefits include:

  • 0.25% interest rate reduction for automatic recurring payments, automatically applied after the first payment has cleared.
  • 0.25% interest rate reduction for qualifying relationships, applied after the loan is disbursed. Contact us to receive the benefit.
  • No application or origination fees.
  • Zero pre-payment penalty.
  • Funds sent directly to your student’s school.

Covered costs include:

  • Tuition
  • Books and supplies
  • Living expenses (minus other aid)
  • If you are receiving a refund above and beyond tuition and fees, the funds will be posted directly to the student’s account.


Key Features:

  • Rates starting at 5.00%.
  • 10 & 15 year repayment options.

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Explore why this is a better alternative to the Federal Direct Plus Loan

HUECU Parent Loan Federal Parent PLUS Loan
Origination Fee 0% 4.228%*
10 Year Fixed 5.00% to 7.25% 7.08%
15 Year Hybrid 5.50% to 7.00% for the first 60 months. After 60 months, variable rate Prime +1.00% to 2.50%. This repayment option is not available for the Federal Parent PLUS Loan.
FAFSA Not required, but encouraged. Required.

*For loans disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2020, and before Oct. 1, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much can I borrow with a HUECU Parent Loan?

You may borrow up to $50,000 per academic year,  and $200,000 in total.

Can the HUECU Parent Loan pay for a student’s books and personal expenses while in school?

A parent or family member can borrow to cover all education related expenses up to the cost of attendance, which is determined by the school’s financial aid office. This includes indirect costs such as room and board, transportation, and books.

How do I apply for a HUECU Parent Loan?

To apply, all you need to do is fill out the online application. You will need the following information:

  • Student’s Name, Date of Birth and Social Security Number
  • School the student is attending, graduation date, loan period and the loan amount
  • Cost of attendance and any financial aid, which can be found on the financial aid award letter provided by the college or university

You will also be asked to upload certain documents including:

  • Recent pay stub (no more than 30 days old) or other proof of income and
    monthly housing payment.
  • Proof of identification, driver’s license or government issued ID

What are the credit requirements for the Parent Loan?

We will need to see a reasonably strong credit score and established credit history, including on-time monthly payments.

What if I am not approved for the HUECU Parent Loan?

If you are denied, it may be due to your credit history. Consider obtaining a co-signer for your Parent Loan application, or speak to the financial aid office at your school about the Federal Direct PLUS Loan.

Are there any penalties for paying off the HUECU Parent Loan early?

There are no prepayment penalties.


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Current education loans prime rate is 3.25%

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