Private student loans are consumer loans that are designed to supplement financial aid and cannot, when combined with other aid, exceed the cost of attendance established by the college. A student must apply with a bank or lending entity and have their application credit-approved before they are eligible to borrow this type of loan. In most cases, a student will be awarded a better interest rate if they have a co-signer for their loan. Generally, borrowers of private student loans have a six-month grace period following graduation or withdrawal before entering repayment. If a student falls below half-time enrollment, the six-month deferral period will begin.
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Even if you feel that you will not qualify for need-based aid, please keep in mind that by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will be eligible for the lower-interest Direct Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loan. You can file the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.