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Info And Advice
In most cases, it’s best to follow this strategy when it comes to paying for college. Use:
Free money first: Grants, scholarships and other options that don’t require repayment.
Federal student loans second: These are low-interest, fixed-rate loans made with government funding.
Private student loans last: And only if Nos. 1 and 2 above don’t provide enough money to cover expenses of your first-choice school.
Getting A Private Student Loan
How to choose a loan that’s right for you
1. Complete the FAFSA: Every student should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Why?
Most schools require this form. It’s what college financial aid officers need to create your financial aid package.
It’s how you apply for federal student loans and grants from your federal and state governments.
Visit FAFSA.gov to begin your application.
2. Review your financial award letter: The letter outlines how much the school will cost and what kind of financial aid package you’ll receive for one year, including any grants, scholarships, work-study, or federal student loans.
3. Explore federal student loan options: A federal loan is typically the best option to start with. Federal student loans are funded by the federal government and do not require a credit evaluation for approval (like private student loans do).
4. Consider a private student loan: These loans are offered directly through banks, credit unions and other financial institutions. You apply directly to the lender (i.e., not through the FAFSA form).
What's your rate?
YOU NEED OPTIONS IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THAT’S WHY WE PARTNER WITH CREDIT UNIONS COMMITTED TO STUDENT SUCCESS WHO OFFER A WIDE VARIETY OF RATES AND TERMS TO FINANCE YOUR EDUCATION.
IF YOU CHOOSE A FIXED RATE LOAN, YOUR ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE OR “APR” WILL REMAIN THE SAME FOR THE LIFE OF YOUR LOAN.
IF YOU CHOOSE A VARIABLE RATE LOAN, YOUR ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE OR “APR” MAY CHANGE AND GO UP OR DOWN OVER TIME.
There are plenty of private student loan providers to choose from, so what makes CURevl different?
We connect students, families and borrowers in need of education loan assistance to credit unions that are willing to go the extra mile to provide high quality, low-cost products that fulfill that need.
Using the latest, greatest combination of digital and traditional marketing techniques, we create a financial services bridge between consumers needing financial products and credit unions desiring new members.
We are the only Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO) that supports the entire private student loan life cycle.