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What You Need to Know About Student Loans

Jul 5, 2008
A student loan is also known as an education loan and is used as financial aid for students. These loans do have to be paid back at a later agreed date. It is the student scholarships that do not have to be repaid as these are considered grants given to the students who qualify.

There are not many students who go into further education that do not need a student loan of some sort. The loan they get may fall into the following categories below.

Federal student loans: These are loans that are issued directly to the student and issued by the Government. These loans are usually fairly small in terms of amount and the payments can be defaulted to a later period.

Parent loans: These are loans for the student that is paid to the parents or carers of the student in question. These are usually higher in the term of sum of money that can be borrowed, and payments have to start being made on receipt of the loan. These are also federally issued loans. It is worth noting that it is the parents who have to pay back these loans not the students. This is not a loan where the parents co-sign to pay it back if the student cannot make the agreed repayments.

Private student loan: These loans are made to either the parents or directly to the student and they can be of a higher amount. The payments are defaulted until after the student has graduated. However, interest does start to accrue as soon as the loan is issued to the recipient. These loans are typically used to supplement the loans received from the Federal Reserve. The private loans are sometimes used to pay off the other loans as consolidation loans.

There may be a fee associated with the private loans as some lenders charge an origination fee. By shopping around a little, there is a good chance you will find a lender that offers a low rate of interest and no fees to take the loan.

As some of these loans are federally governed loans, the rates are set according to Federal law. Lenders can lower the fees for the loans, but they are unable to increase the rate of interest on any type of student loan. This is to safeguard the student and enable them to pay back the loan within the agreed timescale. Some lenders will offer certain discounts or special offers on top of the agreed interest rates to get the students to borrow from them rather than from someone else.

There are many places to look for the best rates for student loans. Make sure to look for the best terms rather than just the best rate of interest. The better loans offer the lowest rate for the length of term offered on the loan

It is important to take into account when the loans have to be repaid. Payments may start on a certain date before or after graduation. It may be a good idea to offset a little money each week or month before the repayments have to be started. This makes it much easier to budget when the repayments do finally start. This is also a good way to teach the student about the value of money and about saving money to pay back the borrowed loan.
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