If you are a student needing financial aid, one of the financial aids available to you is a student loan. In very simple terms, a student loan is a loan you take out and use to pay the costs of your college tuition. Compared to other types of loans, a student loan has a lower interest rates. While students loans can be privately sponsored, most student loans are government sponsored.
There are three things you need to consider before you apply for a student loan.
The first thing you need to consider is your credit rating or credit history. A poor credit history can adversely affect your student loan application. Some lenders will look at your credit history; some don’t. It all depends on what kind of student loan you apply for. Thus, if you have a poor credit history, look into student loans that don’t consider your credit report or credit score a top requirement.
The other thing you need to consider before applying for a student loan is your ability to pay back the loan. Consider the kind of job you would possibly have after you graduate. Make an estimate of what your starting salary would be when you get a job. The cardinal rule in borrowing is that you should only borrow an amount that you are certain you will be able to pay back. Before turning in your student loan application, you also need to know how much you will have to pay every month if your loan gets approved.
The third thing you should consider when applying for a student loan is the interest rate of the loan. Find the lowest interest-bearing student loan you can find. If possible, apply for a subsidized student loan. With a subsidized student loan, you won’t have to worry about the interest accruing while you are going to school.
To summarize, consider your credit history, your ability to pay the loan back and the interest rate when you are applying for a student loan. If your student loan application gets approved, create a budget. Paying off your student loan every month should one of your priorities. If at all possible, avoid borrowing too much money.