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How to Pay for Grad School
Answered by Anita Thomas on 01/03/2020

To qualify for federal, state, and college financial aid for graduate school, you have to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is required to receive federal and state grants and scholarships, as well as federal student loans, including Perkins Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Grad PLUS Loans.

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What are the credit requirements for Grad PLUS loans?

The borrower of a Grad PLUS Loan must not have an adverse credit history. An adverse credit history is defined as being 90 or more days delinquent on any debt, or having a credit report that shows default, bankruptcy discharge, foreclosure, repossession, tax lien, wage garnishment, or write-off of a federal student loan debt during the five years preceding the date of the credit report.


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What is the average amount of a student loan?
The average federal loan debt outstanding is $28,973 per borrower, as of June 30, 2015.

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How long is the repayment term for private consolidation loans?
The length of the repayment term varies by lender, typically 15, 20 or 25 years. Lenders offering fixed interest rates may have shorter repayment terms. The repayment term may depend on the amount borrowed.

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Student Loans for Living Expenses
Answered by Mollie Allen
Student loans may be used to pay for anything included in the college’s published cost of attendance. The cost of attendance includes not just tuition and fees, but also living expenses, such as room and board, transportation to and from school, and books and supplies. In addition, the college’s financial aid administrator can increase the cost of attendance on a case-by-case basis to cover childcare costs for dependents and the cost of a computer and software. Read Entire Answer
How long does it take to repay a student loan?
The standard repayment term on a federal student loan is 10 years. The repayment term on private student loans vary from 5 years to 15 years.

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What are the benefits of consolidating federal student loans
Federal consolidation loans allow borrowers to combine several federal student loans into one loan to streamline loan repayment. The monthly payment amount may decrease because repayment can be spread over a longer time period. Because there are no penalties for prepaying the loan in full or in part, borrowers may make larger monthly payments or extra payments if they wish. Borrowers may also change repayment plans at least once a year.

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Are there student loan prepayment penalties?
There are no prepayment penalties on federal student loans or private student loans. You can make extra payments on your student loans or pay them off in-full without paying a fee or other penalty.

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Are there any repayment discounts for private consolidation loans?
Some lenders provide auto-debit discounts for making automatic monthly payments by direct debit from a bank account. Typical discounts include an interest rate reduction of 0.25% or 0.50%.

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Parents refuse to file the FAFSA: What should I do?
Parents are sometimes unwilling to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and/or other financial aid forms. But, parental information is required on the FAFSA of a dependent student, so a dependent student will not be able to qualify for need-based federal student aid without his or her parent’s help. There are many reasons why a parent may be unwilling to complete the FAFSA.

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