Private Student Loans

Private Loans

Private Student Loans

Also known as Alternative Loans, are educational loan programs established by private lenders to supplement the funding that students and parents receive from federal and state sources. Private loans are credit based and often have different lending criteria than government lending programs.

What to Know Before You Borrow...

  • Lenders will look at criteria such as credit history, minimum income requirements and debt-to-income ratio.
  • Private student loans may have more restrictive payment terms and may not offer loan forgiveness programs.
  • It may be in your best interest to obtain a creditworthy co-signer, even if you qualify for a loan on your own, a cosigner may lower your interest rate.
  • Once you have been approved and completed all required paperwork with your lender, an electronic certification will be sent to the financial aid office to complete and submit back to the lender. Most lenders require the school to verify enrollment and to determine how much the student may borrow based on the cost of attendance minus all other aid.
  • If you are attending less-than half-time, your cost of attendance for private student loans will only include tuition, fees, and books.
  • You may review your cost of attendance and aid awarded in the myUCCS portal to determine how much you may need to borrow.

Choosing a Lender

If you determine that you still need additional funds or are not eligible for federal aid, it is important that you carefully compare different lenders.

Here are some suggested questions to ask your lender:

  • Interest rates, fees and terms:
    • What is the interest rate and how is it calculated?
  • Are there any loan fees and are they added or subtracted from the approved loan amount?
  • Is a cosigner required and how does that affect my interest rate?
  • If a cosigner is required, is there an option to have the cosigner released from the loan after a designation timeframe?
  • Loan repayment:
    • How soon does repayment start on the loan?
    • Are interest only payments required while in school?
    • What deferment or forbearance options are available?
  • Early payment:
    • Are there any early payment penalties?
  • Repayment options:
    • What are the repayment plans and options?

Please Use Caution When Applying

Please carefully review all terms and conditions of a loan you are considering. Remember, a loan must be repaid and selecting a loan without the best terms and conditions could cost you more in the long run.

How to Apply for a Private Student Loan at UCCS

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for other financial aid such as grants, Direct Loans, and scholarships.*
  2. Choose a lender and apply for a private student loan. UCCS does not provide a lender list for private loans.

Processing for the 2023-2024 academic year will begin July 1, 2023.  Please be advised that we will not certify a private loan request until the student is enrolled in the term the student is borrowing.

Processing for the 2022-2023 academic year will begin July 1, 2022.  Please be advised that we will not certify a private loan request until the student is enrolled in the term the student is borrowing.

* Students may apply for a private student loan without submitting a FAFSA, however, the student will not be considered for federal aid.

Additional Information Regarding Private Loans

Request for Cost of Attendance Increase

Once your private student loan has been entered in our system and communication with your lender has begun, private loans are no longer eligible for an increase for tuition, fees and books. However, you may apply for a second private loan to cover these costs if you are approved for a Budget Adjustment Request.

Processing Time for a Private Student Loan at UCCS

  • Your private loan certification request will be processed within 3-5 business days, once received by the UCCS Office of Financial Aid.
  • Lenders will not send a certification request to our office until you have completed all necessary paperwork to be approved for the loan.
    • Examples of required paperwork include, but not limited to: a signed MPN, completed co-signer paperwork and your Self Certification form.
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pending private loan certification, please feel free to contact the financial aid office.

Disbursement of Private Loans

In general, the first disbursement of a private loan will be sent by the lender to UCCS within 10-14 business days after the loan has been certified. If you have questions regarding the loan terms and conditions and/or the estimated disbursement date(s) of your loan, please contact your lender.

Private Student Loan for Past Due Balance

  • If you have a past due balance, you may be able to apply for a private student loan to assist you in paying your outstanding bill. Please be aware that only a limited number of lenders will process a past-due balance loan.
  • If a certification request is received after the last day of the term, it will be considered a past-due balance request and may only be used to pay a past-due balance.
  • Some lenders may require you to be currently enrolled or attempting to enroll in classes to be approved for a past due balance loan.
  • Past due balances for the previous aid year will ONLY be processed up until September 30th of the current year. After this date, private loans will NOT be certified for this amount and the student will be responsible to find an alternate means to pay for the past due balance.

    Example: A past due balance remains from the 2021-2022 aid year. A private loan will only be processed until September 30, 2022.

Notice: Registration and/or transcript holds for a past due balance cannot be lifted until your past due balance is paid in full.