Apply For Student Loans

The first place you should go is your college or university’s financial aid office. Assuming you applied for financial aid when you applied to the college, you will already have a financial aid package in hand. It may contain grants, or work-study, or federal or private loans for which you can apply.If you’re wondering, before applying to college, how you’re going to pay for it, here’s the scoop:

If you’re still in high school make sure you’ve applied for every scholarship for which you’re eligible through the high school.

Fill out a FAFSA. This is a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It will tell you whether you’re eligible for federal student financial aid like Pell grants and work-study programs. You’ll need current tax documents to fill out a FAFSA – either your own, if you’re independent, or your parents. The FAFSA may get you money that you don’t have to pay back or money that’s the “cheapest” to pay back. You’ll learn more about the FAFSA through your college.

Okay, you’ve done your homework and you’re up to student loans. The first loan to apply for is the Federal Stafford loan. They’re sponsored by the federal government and offer low interest rates and a long time for repayment.

Have your parents consider the Parent PLUS loans which are federally sponsored loans for parents of students.

The last place to turn is to private student loans.

The key to college financial aid and loan applications is the FAFSA. You can find this online easily and certainly you will be informed about it through your college or university’s financial aid office. The FAFSA will help your college find all of the federal money, and scholarships and loans through the college itself, for which you’re eligible.

After dealing with the college for financial aid, you’ll want to apply for student loans through private lending institutions such as banks. Private student loans are also called personal student loans or alternative student loans.

The “cheapest” and hardest to get student loans are available to students who have great credit histories and who also have a cosigner with a great credit history. These loans sometimes offer a low interest rate and high fees. It’s often better to take a loan that has a slightly higher interest rate and low or no fees.

The best place to get information to apply for student loans is the financial aid office of your college or university. The office will tell you what “free” monies might be available to you and then help you apply for federal financial loans and finally, the loans of last resort, private student loans.

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