Student loans in the form of financial support, which is given to help students pay for tuition, books and other expenses. They are often given in combination with scholarships, but can also be an independent source of funding. As with any loan, this should be considered mature, financially responsible individuals who understand the reasons for granting the loan and the subsequent repayment of the parameters.
There are three main types of federal loans. These loans are funded and administered by the Government of the United States, including federal Stafford loans, Perkins loans and PLUS loans. Each type of federal loan has a set of qualification standards, the timing of interest rates and the reimbursement process. Before deciding on one, make sure you understand how each works.
Stafford loans are the most popular federal student loans, mainly because anyone can have if they are enrolled at least half. These come in either subsidized or unsubsidized. The interest rate on a subsidized loan is paid by the government while the student is a student. These are usually reserved for students who demonstrate financial need.
Excluding Stafford Loans are an alternative for students who do not qualify for other financial aid. Of these, the student pays interest. Even if a student does not answer back to a grace period (six months after graduation or school), is still responsible for interest that accrues while in school.
Perkins loans are need-based, and students must demonstrate financial need to qualify. They are provided to low interest rates, and comes directly from your school. The loan is backed by the government, and if the borrower does not accrue interest until the date of repayment.
PLUS Loan (Parent Loan for students) is for parents who choose to borrow money for educational expenses of their children. Since it is construed as a commitment of parents, the parent, the student is responsible for repayment after the student has graduated or is no longer enrolled at least half time. These have a shorter grace Stafford loans, sixty days.
In addition to federal student loans, there are also private loans. Private not support the United States, but have the advantage clearly different. That do not require demonstration of financial need, which means that the level of income a candidate may apply. Worth mentioning: Another clear difference is the standard of application of solvents. So if you have little or no established credit, apply with a cosigner to increase their chances of approval.