A loan is the reason many students are able to go to college
and not have to worry about money until after they've
graduated. There is a lot of paperwork involved in the
application process of a loan, but once you've completed it
and been accepted, it will have been worth it. Loans
can help with the cost of books, tution and even living
expenses or they can cover them completely. It all depends
on your eligibility, which is determined in the application
process of the loan.
Applying for a loan is free and you can even complete it
online. You can get a copy of the application at your
college's financial aid office, post office or library. It
takes some patience and time to fill it out and various
paperwork is needed before you can turn it in, but you will
be happy once the loan comes in. Your grades are taken
consideration when applying for a loan as well. Although
don't have to have a 3.0 GPA to get a loan, you do need to
be making satisfactory grades to receive any assistance.
Your college will determine whether you're eligible to apply
for a student loan or not.
There are some criteria that you have to meet before you
even be considered for a loan although. You must be a U.S.
citizen or an eligible non-citizen. You must be making
satisfactory grades and be attending a college that
participates in the federal student loan program. You also
need to be a half time student, at the least and truly be in
need of assistance.The amount of assistance you will
depends on whether you're an independent (you report only
your income and that of your spouse if applicable) or a
dependent (you report the income of both your parents). The
grade level you're in is also taken into account when the
loan assistance is being determined as well.
You don't have to pay back your loan as long as you are
enrolled in classes at least half time. 6 months after you
graduate is when you can expect to start having to pay back
the loan and you can set up a payment plan. Not all schools
offer loan programs, so you'll have to do a bit of homework
to see if yours offers such assistance. It's best to check
this important fact out before deciding on which college to
attend if money is an issue for you. Make sure to get your
application in early also, to ensure that your assistance
will get to you in time for the tuition due date. 60-90 days
before the beginning of the semester is recommended.
There are a couple different types of student loan awards
you can try to receive. A subsidized student loan means
that you do have great financial need for assistance while
an unsubsidized student loan means you do not have need
assistance. The student that has a subsidized student loan
is not responsible for interest until they graduate and the
student with an unsubsidized loan is responsible at all
times for interest.
So, what are you waiting for? Apply for a student loan
today and you'll be on your way to that college education
you've always wanted for yourself!
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