Student Loans

By: brenda moore

There are two types of student loans you may like to have when you head off to college. You will find that these forms of financing should be looked at very carefully before you begin signing on the lines, as there can be different interest rates for the different advances. Your first option for these advances is the federal tuition advances. These are given by the government and are based on need. This means that if you are a dependent on your parents, you are going to have to rely on their income to determine the need.

The other tuition advances available are called private student loans or alternative tuition advances. This type of advance differs in the way you can obtain them and the lenders who are providing the advances, since the government doesn't have anything to do with the applications.

When you are trying to obtain private tuition advances, you may still have to fill out the FASFA report which tells lenders what your needs should be for the year. This gives them a basis for the amount of income you have versus the needs you will have. While it is not always the deciding factor for some private lenders it can be part of the decision.

Other alternative student loans will not require this form; however you should be worried about these types of advances. It may mean that they are unsecured advances with high interest rates and a difficult payback plan. Most often with tuition advances you have them deferred while you are in school. Some of the private advances will actually charge interest during this period, unlike the government advances that will only start charging interest once you have graduated or discontinued school for more than six months. You really want to stick with federal advances as your primary advance for the best interest rate.

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