Help I Need a Student Loan

by : Jim Donaldson

Well even if you have little credit or no credit rating at all, you can still get a student loan. Student loans are a good way to build credit as well, so once you obtain one, be sure to repay it.

Student loans for those with little or no credit are government-backed loans or loans offered through your university. One such option is the Stafford loan. When the student borrows these loans, most lenders do not look at the student's credit history. You can apply for a Perkins loan as well, which also does not look at your credit history. The government supplies the money for this type of loan, but it is reserved those who are most in need, so this option is not available for everyone.

Federal student loans are based on both income and availability. What happens if you can't afford college yet don't qualify? An alternative choice for you or your parents is a private student loan. These are loans done through private lenders instead of the government. The advantage of these types of direct student loans is that they have many of the same kinds of benefits as federal loans. These loans can be used for any and all college expenses. Things like tuition, books, supplies, computers, and living expenses are all things that qualify for private student loan funds. These loans are unsecured, meaning that no collateral is needed. The loans are credit-based instead. This can mean that you might need a co-signer if you have not established a credit history.

A private education loan is usually a low-interest loan. The money can be delivered in as little as five days, and the money is given to you instead of the school. You are then responsible for paying for their various educational expenses. Once you graduate and find a job, the reality of paying back your student loans hits. Below are some steps you can take to help keep the payments from causing you heartache.

The first rule is to stick to a payment plan. Set aside a certain amount every month for your loan payment. Making a larger payment than required each month can help you pay back the loan sooner, thereby saving you a great deal of money on interest. If you think you may forget, set it so the payment is electronically transferred each month. If you're simply can't come up with your monthly payment, there are options. Since your salary is only going to grow as you climb the corporate ladder, you can schedule graduated repayment plans with your lender. You start with a low monthly payment that will gradually get larger over the term of your loan.

If you're absolutely out of options, you might be able to temporarily suspend your payments. If you lose your job or go back to school for an advanced degree, you can request a deferment of your loan payments. If your request is granted and you have a Stafford loan, the government will actually take care of the interest that accrues during your deferment. If you can't get a deferment, try forbearance. You can suspend payments for up to a year, though you'll still be responsible for the built up interest.

This kind of loan has other advantages similar to federal loans. The interest and principal payments can be deferred until you graduate from school. For most of these loans, you are required to be attending school at least halftime for the deferral of payments and interest.