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Best Private Student Loans Of September 2021

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | views Last Updated 2021-09-29T06:57:24Z
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 Private student loans are best used to pay college costs after you’ve borrowed the maximum you qualify for in both subsidized and unsubsidized federal student loans.


Private student loans come from banks, credit unions and online lenders, and unlike federal student loans for undergraduates, they require a credit check. That means most undergrads will need a co-signer in order to qualify. Private student loans also are more expensive than federal loans—especially now that federal loan rates are at historic lows—and typically don’t offer the flexible repayment options their federal counterparts do.


That’s why there is no five-star lender on our list of private student loans: In the vast majority of cases, the best college financing option is a federal student loan.

Tips for Comparing Private Student Loans

As you prepare to get a private student loan, don’t wait for your school to decide how much of a loan you can handle; do the due diligence yourself. Experts recommend borrowing no more than what you’ll most likely earn in your first year out of college. This can protect you from having unmanageable monthly payments after you leave school.

Some private student loan lenders don’t cap the amount of money you can borrow each year, but yours may. As you evaluate which loan suits you best, find out how the loan will be disbursed and what costs it will cover.

When picking a private student loan, look at the overall cost of the loan—including its interest rate and fees—and what help the lender offers if you have trouble affording your payments. Just one of the lenders on this list charges origination fees, and all except for one wait until at least 120 days of nonpayment before putting loans into default status.

When comparing rates, know the low end of the rate ranges will only be available to those with good or excellent credit scores. Also, all rates listed below include a standard 0.25% interest rate discount for using automatic payments.

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