We recommend accepting the federal student loan(s) offered as part of the student’s financial aid package first. Federal student loans often have a low fixed interest rate, do not require a credit check or co-signer, and offer favorable repayment options. If additional borrowing is needed to pay the balance due to the university, please see the options below:
The federal government offers each parent the opportunity to apply for a Parent PLUS loan. This is an educational loan in which the parent is the borrower, and the parent is responsible for repaying the loan. The borrower has the option to begin repaying the loan once the funds fully disburse to the school, or defer payments while their student is attending school on at least a half-time basis. The loan application is located at the Federal Student Aid website. The borrowing parent will sign in the website using their FSA ID, which is the same login used to electronically sign the FAFSA. You can create an ID on the website if you do not already have one. The government charges an origination fee for borrowing this loan. The fee is 4.228% of the borrowed amount of the loan. Remember to add this fee into the amount you decide to borrow.
A student (or parent/guardian) can choose to borrow a private educational loan to fund the cost of attending college. Many of the private lenders are housed under the ELMselect educational lending website. As an undergraduate student, you will need a co-signer to secure the loan. The lenders provide their customer service phone numbers on the Elm Select website. We encourage you to reach out to the lender you are considering if you have any questions.