If your tuition, housing and other fees are not met with scholarships, grants, federal loans or other aid, you may want to consider an alternative loan (also known as a private educational loan). Each loan may have different eligibility requirements (i.e. academic progress, minimum enrollment, interest rates (fixed vs. variable) and repayment plans). You should explore the options to find the loan that works best for you. These alternative loans do have certain credit, debt to income ratio, and/or employment requirements. A co-signer may be necessary.
You can research alternative/private loan options on reputable sites, such as FinAid.org.
“…College students are cautioned to be suspicious of unsolicited loan offers. Student loan debt can accumulate quickly and result in a lifetime burden of high payments and credit denials for automobile purchases, credit cards, and home mortgages. Private loans also can reduce eligibility for more desirable federal, state and college aid programs. To avoid these problems, read and understand the terms and conditions of all loans. Michigan students are bombarded by media advertisements and mailings about private student loans. The Michigan Student Financial Aid Association (MSFAA) reminds students and families to beware of loan offers you did not initiate. Deceptive marketing tactics are not illegal in the world of private student loans. It is always in a student’s best interest to explore federal loan options before applying for private loans.”
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