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Alternative (Private) Loans

Alternative (private) loans are for students (and their parents) who are not eligible for other types of financial aid or who need additional funds to meet educational expenses.  All eligible students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine federal student grant and loan eligibility.  Federal Direct Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized) almost always offer lower borrowing cost and more favorable terms tailored to students and their families.

IMPORTANT:
        (1) Most alternative loans require a credit check.
        (2) Being denied for a loan can negatively affect your credit score.
        (3) Your chances of approval are greatly enhanced with a co-borrower.

Alternative Loan Sources:**
        Citizens One: (800) 721-3969
        Discover Student Loans Certified Private Loan: (877) 728-3030
        First South/Sallie Mae Student Loans: (800) 872-3728
        PNC Solution Loan: (800) 762-1001
        Regions: (800) 858-7822
        Sallie Mae Student Loans: (800) 695-3317
        SoFi Private Student Loans: (855) 456-7634
        U-fi Student Loans: (844) 307-3451
       
Alternate Loan Sources for Bar Study and/or Bar Exam Loans (LAW):**
        Citizens One: (800) 721-3969
        Sallie Mae Bar Study Loan: (800) 984-0190
        Discover Student Loans: (800) 788-3368
        U-fi Student Loans: (844) 307-3451

Private Loan Consolidation:
        Citizens One: (888) 333-0179
        SoFi: (855) 456-7634

**NOTE: Our office does not endorse any particular program. This information is provided for your convenience only and is subject to change without notice. You should request current information directly from the lender or company offering the program.