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Applying For Private Loans

Private education loans (also called alternative or non-federal education loans) may be available to students who do not qualify for federal loans, such as international students, or to students who wish to borrow private loans in lieu of federal loans.

*IMPORTANT MESSAGE*

PLEASE NOTE:  The Tepper School Financial Aid Office is implementng a new financial aid management system and a new financial aid process. Current students applying for private loans for Spring and/or Summer 2014 should follow the steps listed below. Prospective and continuing students applying for private loans for Fall 2014 should follow only Steps 2 through 7 and Step 9 on or after July 1, 2014 and wait for further guidance from the Tepper School Financial Aid Office. If you are an international student and need to have your loan approved prior to July 2014 for I-20 purposes, please complete Step 2 below and email tepper-aid@andrew.cmu.edu for guidance on continuing the private loan application process prior to July 1.

The private loan application process takes several weeks to complete. Students are advised to expect approximately 6 weeks for the private loan process. The loan application process is a proactive process between you and your lender so borrowers should keep in close contact with their lender to make sure that the application process is progressing as expected.

Lender Relationship Code of Conduct (pdf)

Step 1: Financial Aid Application

Submit the Tepper School Financial Aid Application to the Tepper School Financial Aid Office.

Step 2: Select A Lender & Apply

Select and apply with any lender you wish even if the lender is not shown on our historical lender list. Most students/cosigners apply online. Your lender will contact you with a credit decision and, if you are credit-approved, send you an Application Disclosure. PLEASE NOTE:  All international loan applicants are required to apply with a co-borrower who is a US citizen or permanent resident of the US.

Step 3: Application Disclosure

Review your Application Disclosure to find general information about your loan. Online applicants are able to click on a link to read the disclosure. Students who apply by phone receive the disclosure via US mail.

Step 4: Next Steps

Follow your lender's instructions for the next steps in your loan application process.

Step 5: Self Certification Form

Complete the Applicant Self-Certification Form. You will receive it from your lender via email, U.S. mail or possibly both. If you need an additional copy, you may contact your bank or retrieve it online. The following information is needed in order for you to complete the the lender's self-certification form:

  • Section 2A of the Self Certification Form: Cost of Attendance is the estimated cost of tuition and fees, room and board, transportation, and other allowable costs for the period of enrollment covered by the loan, as determined by the school. View the Tuition & Expenses page for detailed information.

  • Section 2B of the Self Certification Form:  Estimated Financial Assistance is all federal, state, institutional (school), and private sources of financial aid for the enrollment period listed in Section 3 of the Self Certification Form. This includes, scholarships and fellowships you are receiving from the Tepper School and outside sources, other loans (federal and/or private), employer tuition remission, and financial aid provided by any other source.

  • Section 3 of the Self Certification Form:  Period of Enrollment Covered by the Loan. Do not include periods on non-enrollment. Choose one of the following when completing the Self Certification Form:

Summer 2014 only
 

Summer/ Fall 2014

Fall 2014 only

Fall 2014/ Spring 2015

Fall 2014/ Spring 2015/ Summer 2015

Spring 2015 only

Spring/ Summer 2015

Summer 2015 only

5/12/2014
to
8/22/2014

5/12/2014
to
12/14/2014

8/26/2014
to
12/14/2014

8/26/2014
to
5/13/2015

8/26/2014
to
8/7/2015

1/12/2015
to
5/11/2015

1/12/2015
to
8/7/2015

5/18/2015
to
8/7/2015

Step 6: Credit Agreement

Watch for an email and letter from your lender requesting a signed consumer credit agreement.

Step 7: Approval Disclosures

Read your Approval Disclosures and sign them. You will receive a link to it via email if you choose to sign or download your consumer credit agreement electronically. Otherwise, you will receive the disclosure via U.S. mail with a pre-printed consumer credit agreement. This disclosure gives information on specific loan terms that are effective for 30 days.

Step 8: Loan Processing Form

Submit the Loan Processing Form to the Tepper School of Business. This form must be submitted in order to initiate action by the school. The lender contacts the Tepper School Financial Aid Office to verify the amount of your eligibility and loan disbursement dates.

Step 9: Waiting Period

Watch for the final loan disclosure from your lender. Once you have received it, you have a 3-business day rescission period during which time you have the right to cancel the loan. The loan will not disburse during the rescission period. You may expect your loan to first disburse 7-10 days after the rescission period ends but not prior to the week before classes begin in the semester covered by the loan.

 

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