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Alternative Loans

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Alternative Loans

Alternative loans - also called "private" loans - are loans from a lending institution; they are not part of the federal government's guaranteed student loan programs.  Based on current interest rates, if you, or your co-signer, have excellent credit, you may find these loans to be a less expensive option than the federal loans.  Use the Alternative Loan Comparison chart and other resources to choose the loan that best meets your needs.  It is always important to research your eligibility for scholarships, grants, and employment before taking out a loan.

Eligibility

Students who are enrolled, meet EWU's Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements, pass a credit check with their lender, and have not already funded their full cost of attendance with other aid sources are eligible to apply.

Interest Rate and Fees

The interest rates and fees vary by lender and credit rating.

Important Considerations

  • Annual Percentage Rate (APR): The APR is the annual cost of your loan; it includes interest and the effect of any fees and charges. APRs will differ depending on the terms and amounts of your loan. If the rate is variable, the APR may change during the life of the loan. Carefully consider the terms and APRs when you borrow an alternative loan.
  • Fees: Does the lender charge any type of fees? Some lenders charge no fees at all, while some charge fees at the time they disburse, at repayment, or both.
  • Loan Limits: Is there a maximum amount you can borrow? Does the loan have an annual or aggregate limit? Will these limits meet your needs?
  • Co-Signer Release: Does the loan require you to have a co-signer? Does the lender offer a co-signer release option after you make a required number of on time payments?
  • Interest Capitalization: What happens if you choose not to pay interest while you are in school? When is the interest added? If the interest is capitalized monthly, quarterly, or annually, the loan is more expensive than if the loan is capitalized once at repayment.
  • Servicers: Does the lender sell their loans or contract with a servicer? Some lenders service their own loans; others may sell loans or contract with a service agency. If your loan is sold or serviced to another agency, all future correspondence and payments must go to the new agency.
  • Benefits: Does the lender offer incentive rewards for on-time payments or prior banking history with the institution?

 Credit Checks and Scores

Lenders use credit scores to make credit decisions to determine which applicants are likely to repay their loans on time. Credit scoring is calculated using many pieces of your past bill history. The way a person managed credit in the past is often a good indication of how they will manage credit in the future. Therefore, your credit score is like a snapshot of your level of credit risk at a particular time. So, give yourself the credit you deserve. Pay your bills on time and avoid applying for too many credit accounts. It is a good practice to periodically monitor your own credit report. You may obtain a copy of your credit report by contacting any or all of the three major credit reporting agencies: Equifax 800.685.1111, Experian 888.397.3742, or TransUnion 800.888.4213.

Alternative Loan Lender Information

The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at Eastern Washington University does not endorse or recommend lender selection for alternative loans. For your assistance in determining which lender is right for you, we have listed all lenders that have been used by EWU students within the last three years. This is not a preferred lender list nor does it represent every lender participating in alternative loans.

Students are encouraged to apply for alternative loans with a co-signer because this often means a better chance of approval and a lower interest rate.

Once you have been approved by a lender to borrow through their program, the lender will contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office for certification of the loan.  The amount you receive cannot exceed the cost of attendance minus other aid.

Lenders

Loan name

Phone

Apply Online

Alaska Student Loan Corp

Alaska Supplemental

*Alaska residents only

 

800.441.2962

Akadvantage.alaska.gov

 

Discover

Certified Private

*requires half-time enrollment

877.728.3030

Discover.com

 

Sallie Mae/AMS

Smart Options

888.272.5543

Salliemae.com

 

Wells Fargo 

Collegiate

800.658.3567

Wellsfargo.com

 

GESA

Student Choice

877.308.7868

Gesa.org

 

SunTrust Bank

Custom Choice

866.232.3889

suntrusteducation.com

 

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