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Friday, February 27, 2009

Bad Credit Student Loans

By Bob Saunders

Many people get discouraged when they decide to go to college and then find out that due to their bad credit they can not qualify for some of the standard student loans. Although it is understandable that you would be discouraged don't worry, there is a good chance that you will still qualify for loan that was designed for students with bad credit.

After being denied for a good loan your next step should be to go to family members and ask for a co-signer. If your mom, dad, brother, grandma, etc has good credit and is willing to co-sign for a loan then you will likely not have any trouble at all securing a loan under good terms.

Co-signers help students with bad credit because the lenders look at not just you but the co-signers payment history and decide if both of you are credit worthy. If your co-signer has a long and established credit history then you should have no problem. The co-signing option is a good one due to the excellent terms under which your loan will be approved.

After trying to get a co-signer your next option is to contact the banks and other student loan lending organizations and ask if they have a department that deals with bad credit student loans. Most of them do and they are more then happy to help you. The main drawback is that you will get a higher interest rate then you would get if you had a co-signer.

This isn't as bad as it sounds however. Since college usually takes four to five years you will have time to rebuild your credit history and when it is time to pay off your loans you can likely refinance them at a lower rate. And since you will have a better job it will be that much easier.

The next option is to apply for a combination loan. Combo loans are essentially so that you can consolidate your debt and pay a lower rate overall. If you have some debt at 12, 18, and 20 percent then once you have consolidated your loans you will likely be paying around 14 percent for the entire thing. This will help bring down the overall payment. And again if you are able to fix your credit scores then over time you can get lower and lower rates.

In case you missed it you should also apply for Stafford and Perkins loans. They are usually relatively easy to get if you have financial need. They are great because they usually have low interest rates and if you meet the qualifications then you will get it.

One of the best things you can do is to not be afraid of getting denied. If you go online and find every student loan and scholarship application and then fill them out you will be approved for at least a few of them. There are thousands of different scholarships available to you and if you apply to enough of them you may get to go to school for free regardless of your financial situation. Don't be discouraged and keep applying until you are able to attend school.

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