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Sourcing College Money With No Cosigner

Aug 19, 2008
With the cost of education continuing to increase from year to year it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the money necessary for a college education and more and more students spend more time thinking about raising the money needed than they do working at their studies. As if this were not bad enough in itself all too many students discover that once they have left college they are saddled with so much debt that it simply drags them down and will probably take many years to pay off. Now, if this seems to be a grim picture then for a lot of students the problem of financing a college education is compounded by a need to raise the funds needed without the availability of a cosigner to their loans.

Nowadays college funding is not merely a matter of looking to a single source of finance for most students but is a matter of creating a portfolio of funds from various different sources.

The first action for all students must be to try to find scholarships and grants. A lot of students simply overlook this source of essentially free money altogether and yet you would be surprised at just how many scholarships and grants are available today. In a lot of cases of course the sums of money available are reasonably small but nonetheless can be extremely helpful as a part of your total funding plan.

The next port of call ought to be federal loan funding through schemes such as Perkins and Stafford loans which you can get as both unsubsidized and subsidized loans. Perkins loans particularly attractive because of their relatively low interest rate but are also the most difficult loans to get and need a student to show particular financial need.

Unfortunately at this point despite the fact that you will have started to create your portfolio it is unlikely that it will provide you with sufficient money and you will need to begin casting your net wider and will have two roads to follow.

If you are fortunate enough to have the assistance and support of either a parent or guardian then they may apply for a federal student PLUS loan to make up the shortfall between the funding you have been able to source yourself and the total cost of attending college. Student PLUS loans are subject to your parent or guardian having a fairly good credit rating but the requirements are not as strict as those applied by private lenders.

If you have not got a parent or guardian to whom you can turn or simply decide to go it alone then you will need to seek a private loan and exactly how simple that will be will depend to a large degree on your own credit history. In the majority of cases lenders will be quite happy to grant you a loan as long as your credit rating is good and will require you to have a cosigner if you have no credit history against which they can make their decision or have a poor credit history. However, with a growing number of people with a poor or bad credit history nowadays there is also a growing number of lenders who are prepared to grant loans without the requirement for a cosigner so it is simply a case of shopping around.

A bad credit loan with no requirement for a cosigner will naturally cost you more than a standard good credit loan although as long as you take your time and shop around with care you will get a loan at a fair rather than exorbitant interest rate.
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