When students take out loans from banks and finance companies to finance their education costs, these loans are considered to be as private student loans. These loans are not guaranteed by government agencies. You can take out private student loans when your federal student loan is not able to cover all your education costs.
Eligibility criteria to get private student loans
In order to take out a private student loan, you need to get a copy of your credit report. When you apply for a private student loan, your creditor may check your credit history, your account details and your credit scores. An improved credit score increases the possibility of getting a private student loan. You may also try and get a cosigner as having a cosigner may help you to get an approval for your student loan easily. If your cosigner has a good credit score, then you may get reduction in the interest rate on your private student loan.
Tips after you have taken out a student loan
Here are some tips to get the most out of your private student loan. These tips will prevent you from worsening your student loan debt situation.
1. Find out about rewards and incentives – Many private lenders offer repayment incentives. These lenders may offer interest rate reduction as an incentive.
2. Cosigner release is becoming easier – Cosigner release has become easier thus helping your cosigner to free himself from his financial burden, after the student has paid certain number of on-time payments.
3. Set reminder – Try to set a calendar reminder in order to make timely payments. This will help you prevent late fees and it will make sure that you pay off your debts on time.
4. Pay-off more than minimum – Try to pay more than the minimum on your debts. This will help you to get rid of your debts as soon as possible. If you have enough income to pay more than the minimum, then it will help you to reduce the student loan repayment period.
You may choose from two types of private student loans, which are school-channel loans and direct-to-consumer private loans. School-channel loans are signed and certified by the school and they are directly distributed to the school. These loans also offer a lower interest rate. In the other type of loan, which is the direct-to-consumer loan, often charges high interest rate and the loan is given directly to the student (who is applying for the loan) and not to the school.