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Private Lending for Higher Education


The World of Private Loans

Not all private student loans are created the same. Compare the details of different loan products to ensure you apply for the best loan for you.

Private Loans

Private student loans can play an important role in financing your education, but you want to apply for the one that is best for you. Look at how much a loan will cost you over time, as well as the options you'll have when it comes time for repayment.

Click on each term to learn more about the things to consider when choosing a private loan.

Interest rates can vary greatly, and can be influenced by your credit history. Lenders usually offer a choice between fixed interest rates (i.e., the interest rate never changes) or variable interest rates (i.e., interest rates may change over time). High interest rates cost more in the long run.

Some loans offer grace periods after graduation, during which no payments need to be made. Many loans offer options on how long you can take to repay the loan. A longer repayment period means lower monthly payments, but can cost you more interest.

There may be options for temporarily suspending loan payments, such as forbearances or deferments. These options provide a safety net in case you someday have trouble making payments.

Sometimes lenders will charge fees when you borrow money. When fees are high enough, they can offset the benefit of a low interest rate.

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