Loyola University Maryland

Office of Financial Aid

Private Alternative Education Loans

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Private educational loan programs are non-federal loans issued by banks, savings and loan associations, and credit unions. These programs allow students to borrow up to the full cost of attendance* minus other forms of financial aid. Most students will need a creditworthy co-signer such as a parent or other relative in order to obtain a private loan. Private educational loans carry variable interest rates based on the LIBOR rate or the Prime rate and repayment periods may range from 5 to 25 years. Interest rates, origination fees, loan maximums, and repayment terms should be carefully considered when researching and choosing a private loan.

Because each family's financial circumstances will differ, Loyola University is unable to recommend a specific program that will best suit an individual family's needs.  Before you decide to borrow, carefully investigate all of your options.  Make sure that you understand the application procedures, eligibility criteria, interest rate and processing fees, disbursement procedures, and repayment terms for each program you are considering.

Private alternative education loans are typically the most expensive borrowing option, therefore, should only be considered after eligibility for all federal student and parent loan options have been determined.

Once an application is approved by a lender, the school will receive an electronic certification request. The proceeds of private alternative education loans may not be credited to a student's account until the funds are actually received by the University. Therefore, if the loan proceeds will be used to pay a remaining balance due, the loan application process should be completed well in advance of the bill payment due date.

Loyola University does not maintain a preferred lender list for private alternative education loans, nor are we able to recommend specific lenders. However, over the last several years, our students and parents have used the lenders listed in ELM Select to meet their education loan borrowing needs.  Using ELM Select, a service provided by  ELM Resources, students and parents can compare and contrast the terms and conditions of each loan option and select a private educational loan that best suits their financial circumstances.  Students are not limited to the lenders appearing on the ELM Select list and may choose any lender that best suits their educational borrowing needs.   

The Project on Student Debt, an initiative of the Institute for College Access & Success, a nonprofit independent research and policy organization, offers sound advice and information to consider when applying for a private alternative educational loan.

*A college's cost of attendance includes actual tuition and fees and standard allowances for room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.