Like federal loans, private or alternative education loans are designed to help students who need financial assistance with educational costs. In most cases, it is advantageous for students to first pursue Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans and Federal Graduate PLUS Loans before seeking private loans. Unlike federal loans, private loans do not require a FAFSA to apply. Private loans are not based on need; approval is generally based on creditworthiness and ability to repay. Some students may need to apply with a credit-worthy co-signer. Interest rates, grace periods, repayment options and fees are determined by the lender and can vary considerably from lender to lender.
Wake Forest partners with Elm Resources to provide a list of private lenders based on the quality of products and services they provide to students. However, if you wish to use another lender that is not on this list, you have the right to do so. International students will find a lender option that does not require a U.S. co-signer.