Federal vs. private student loans: which is right for you?
What you’ll learn
- How federal and private loans compare
- The basics on interest rates, breaks in payment, and loan limits
- How to improve your credit score
Reyna Gobel is a journalist, author, professional speaker, and educator who's been quoted by Money Magazine, Real Simple, and The Washington Post. She’s spoken at hundreds of colleges across the country about student debt—and she’s the author of "CliffsNotes Graduation Debt" and “CliffsNotes Parents’ Guide to Paying for College and Repaying Student Loans.” Reyna was compensated for this article.
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Reyna Gobel was compensated by Sallie Mae for the content in this article. However, all opinions expressed are her own.
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You must apply for a new loan each school year. This approval percentage is based on students with a Sallie Mae undergraduate loan in the 2017/18 school year who were approved when they returned in 2018/19. It does not include the denied applications of students who were ultimately approved in 2018/19.