Student loans are financial aids given to students to pay for their school needs such as tuition, books, and other miscellaneous items.
How to Get Student Loans:
1. Federal student loans
A. Subsidized loan – student must show satisfactory academic performance, have finished high school, show intent to enroll and finish a degree and in need of monetary aid. Interest is shouldered by the government
B. Unsubsidized loan – student is not required to show a need for monetary aid. It offers a low interest rate. Student can opt to pay the interest while enrolled or let the interest accumulate to be paid later along with the principal loan. Like the subsidized loan, payment of the loan plus interest will start after graduation.
Once a student decides to get the federal student loan, getting and submitting a student loan application is the next step. They can obtain the Free Application for Federal States Aid (FAFSA) from their school. The FAFSA is also available online. Submission can also be done online. Processing of FAFSA is fairly fast. It takes about 4-6 weeks. Students must make sure documents are complete and information is correct to avoid delay.
2. Private student loans – student will need a co-signer with a good credit standing to get approval for this type of loan. Private lenders and credit card companies fall under this type. Private student loan is advisable if an emergency financial need arise within the semester. Things like computer repair expenses or payment for medical emergencies.
Another option a student may take is to apply for a scholarship. Schools do offer scholarship grants and he only needs to check the requirements and apply. Some schools offer full or half scholarship. Still another option would be to work summers or do part-time jobs. Doing part-time job will set the young on the right track. This will give them the financial independence and help them see the importance of saving up for their education.
If a student is seriously looking for ways on how to get student loans, he should ask around. Look for the ones offering the lowest interest rate. Maybe look for longer repayment scheme. He must not forget to ask when payment will start. Would it be right after college or a year after? He must make sure to know the exact time. It is also crucial to borrow only the amount that he will actually need. He should ask advice before signing up. A fresh graduate need not be overwhelmed of debts after graduation. He needs this time to think of career paths he should take and the financial opportunities it would give him.