Private, non-Federal Student Loans
Before applying for a private loan, be sure that you have taken full advantage of your eligibility for federal financial aid since private loans are generally more expensive.
Note that in most cases, you will be able to get better loan terms if you apply with a credit-worthy co-signer.
As you work through the process of applying for a Private Student Loan, some of the things you may want to ask about are:
- Interest rates:
- Are they fixed or variable?
- If variable, how often do they change?
- Is there a cap that the interest rate will not exceed
- Are there front-end fees and if so, how much are they?
- What will the loan cost with or without a co-signer?
- How long will it take before the co-signer is released from the obligation?
- Repayment options:
- When does repayment begin?
- Are payments required while still in school?
- Are you allowed to make payments while in school (e.g. interest only)?
- What are the repayment terms (e.g. number of years)
In order to help you “shop” for a Private Loan lender, we are providing a complete list of all of the lenders via FASTChoice. Click on the FASTChoice logo to find out more information.