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Understand private student loans

Learn about private student loans for college including what a private student loan is, that private student loans are credit-based, and how a cosigner can help.

Other borrowing options

Families often use other ways to borrow money for college like a home equity loan, personal loan, or tuition payment plan. Learn some considerations to keep in mind with these options.

Understand student loan payments

Learn how your student loan payments are calculated. Get information about how much you're paying for your student loans and why.

Types of student loans

Understand the different ways to borrow money to help pay for college. Compare private student loans and federal loans. Select student loan options best for you.

Decide how much to borrow

Decide how much to borrow in student loans for college. Make a plan to borrow money for college that you’ll be able to repay later.

Choose a type of interest rate and repayment option

Consider your student loan interest rate type and repayment option for your Smart Option Student Loan. See how the student loan interest rate type and repayment plan affects your total student loan cost.

Learn about interest and capitalization

Understand what student loan interest and interest capitalization are and how they can affect your total student loan cost.

Your FICO® Score

Learn why a FICO Score is important to lenders and how a strong score can be good for your financial future. Get answers to frequently asked questions about FICO Scores.

Federal student loans

With federal student loans, you can borrow money for college directly from the government. Learn more about the federal student loan options.

Accrued Interest Calculator

Use our free Accrued Interest Calculator to estimate how accrued interest can affect your loan balance. Paying more toward your loan can reduce your principal amount.

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