Student Loan Borrowers
Below are some tips to help you find out what's available in financial aid, and what you'll need to do to apply.
- The first step is to understand exactly how much money you'll need. Our financial aid tools can help.
- Before you even think about borrowing, search the world over for scholarships and grants. We're a good place to start. You might be able to help pay for school through work-study programs, too.
- Then, find out what's available in federal loans. Through the U.S. Department of Education's Direct Loan Program, you might qualify for loans that are interest-free while you're in college. This program has loans available to students and parents regardless of income level.
- If you can't get all of your tuition and expenses funded through grants, scholarships and federal loans (Stafford, PLUS and Grad PLUS), you may want to look at private student loan options from SunTrust. With these private loans, you can even borrow money for a computer to use at school.
- If you or your parents have any type of property, it might make sense to explore other loan options for getting the money you need for tuition.