Private educational loans are available to students who need additional financial assistance beyond aid that is offered through the federal student aid program. These loans allow students to borrow up to their total cost of education less any financial aid they have been awarded. We encourage student to exhaust all of the federal direct student loan options before pursuing private loans because they tend to offer better loan terms, more repayment options, and, in some cases, loan forgiveness.


Private educational loans are credit based; their terms and conditions vary between lenders. Interest rates are variable and the interest will accrue on the loan while the student is enrolled in school. Generally, repayment of the loan can be deferred until the student leaves school or drops below half-time enrollment.

We recommend that students begin to apply approximately a month and a half before the start of the term to ensure the loan funds can be applied to the student's account by the tuition payment deadline.

Private educational loans can only be certified for an amount that does not exceed the student's total cost of attendance (total cost of: tuition, fees, room & board, books, travel, and miscellaneous).

We encourage students to contact the Student Financial Services Center if they are unsure of how much they are eligible to borrow.