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Facts On Private Student Loans
Private student loans and loaning companies have become more popular over the last several years and are likely to continue to increase their loaning power to students. Private student loans, also known as private education loans, are not limited to any caps or maximum amounts by law since they are a private arrangement between the borrower and their co-signers and the loan company. As such they are also not regulated in the same way that government student loans are, so it is very important to understand exactly what type of loan you are getting as well as the requirements for repayment of private student loans.
Generally students will be required to have a co-signer on any type of private student loans since the amount you can borrow is based on your credit score or credit rating. Most college or university age students will have what is known as a "thin file" or a very low credit score since they have not had time to prove to creditors that they are capable of repaying money on loans, vehicles, credit cards or through making mortgage payments. By having a parent with a good or high credit score as a co-signer on the loan the student is able to get a higher loan amount, lower interest on the loan and may even be able to pay out the loan over a longer period at the lower interest rate.
In some cases private student loans make more sense since they have more flexible repayment options. Many private lenders will allow students or parents to defer the loan or hold off on starting payment until the student has graduated. In this case the interest is still being charge, however the student does not have to start making loan payments when they are still in school. For families where there may be more than one student in an advanced program this is often the best option to prevent the parents from having to cover multiple school loans a the same time.
Private student loans tend to have a higher interest rate than the federal government school loans and the rate is also variable. This means that the rate will change on the loan depending on the markets. In most cases the loan rate is tied to the PRIME lending rate, which may make private student loans a bit risky in turbulent economic times.
If you are considering a private student loan it is important to research lenders and also find out about repayment options, deferment of repayment, the application process and the rates that are being offered. You should also find out your credit score as well as that of the co-signer so you are able to determine the interest rate that you will be paying based on that score.