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Banks and Private Student Loan Programs
Most banks and private lenders have student loan programs for students and their families. Each bank and financial institution has it’s own interest rates and repayment terms for student loans.

Many banks offer online loan approval and can give you an answer within a few days after receiving your completed application. This ease of access and convenience can cause many people to act quickly without properly researching all of their options.


Compare Rates On Student Loans
In order to get the best rate, compare student loan programs at several different banks. Understand that there are other college financing options besides private student loans and try to learn as much as you can before signing any contract or agreement.If you have questions, ask someone in your family to assist you. If you have done your research and are ready to apply for a private loan, there are banks that offer credit counseling. This is an educational tool that can teach you how to avoid defaulting on your loan.


Repaying Your Student Loan
Repaying your student loan on time can build good credit history and credit worthiness. This can benefit you tremendously if you ever seek to purchase your own home, car, or apply for a credit card. If you are not able to repay your bank loan on time, it is better to work out an agreement than simply “not paying” or “ignoring” the circumstances.

The consequences will be bad credit and can affect your life and your family’s life for many years after you finish college. It is important to understand that with borrowing money comes responsibility. Private loans can be a positive way to fund your college education but make sure you understand the risks and benefits before you make your decision.


Related Resources

Mapping your Future – Mapping Your Future is a nonprofit organization committed to helping students, families, and schools navigate the higher education and student loan processes through trusted career, college, and financial aid counseling and resources. Use their free Student Loan Repayment Calculator to help you estimate your student loan payment.