Parent Education Loans FAQ
- Q: Is the Parent Loan limited to only parents of the student on the loan?
A: No, anyone can apply on behalf of the student beneficiary.
- Q: Can I apply with a cosigner to qualify?
A: Unfortunately, we do not allow cosigners to be added to a Parent Loan.
- Q: Why can't I find my school on the approved school list?
A: The Texas Extra Credit Education loan program is only available for Title IV eligible institutions that offer a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Q: Can I apply for funds to pay for housing and meal plans?
A: Yes, you can borrower funds through our loan program to cover the cost of housing and meal plans; however, the student’s school must certify your loan application indicating the loan amount you are eligible to receive based on the student’s financial aid/need.
- Q: How much can I borrow?
A: The minimum loan amount is $1,000 and the maximum you can borrow is determined by the school the student is attending, but is limited to the lesser of the student’s cost of attendance less other aid or $65,000.
- Q: Are there out-of-pocket fees for obtaining this loan?
A: No, there are no origination or disbursement fees.
Credit History & Information
- Q: Why is a credit check necessary?
A: The credit check serves two main purposes. First, it is used to verify the identity of all people signing the application. Second, it's used for qualification purposes and helps us offer you the best pricing we can based on your credit history.
- Q: What factors are used in the initial credit review?
A: The initial credit review considers all of the information you provide during the application process, and the information obtained from your credit report. If you pass the credit review, we will need to receive your income verification, school certification, and Applicant Self-Certification Form before final loan approval.
Application Details & Instructions
- Q: Do I need to apply for Federal Aid before applying for this loan?
A: No, you are not required to apply for Federal Aid before applying for our loan program.
- Q: What options do you offer to complete the loan application?
A: The loan application must be completed online to be accepted for review. If you are unable to electronically sign your application, it can be faxed or mailed to our offices.
- Q: How long will it take to complete the application process?
A: The approval process can take from 1 -2 business days depending on how quickly you’re able to submit all required documentation. Once the loan has been approved and you have signed the loan application, we will send the School a request to certify the loan. It normally takes schools anywhere from 8 – 12 business days to complete this certification request depending on the time of the year.
- Q: How early should I apply?
A: We recommend that you begin the application process at least 30 days before the semester begins – this should allow for ample time to complete the application and submit any required documentation.
Personal & Financial Information
- Q: What is the difference between a U.S. Citizen and a Permanent Resident?
A: U.S. Citizen - A person who was born in the United States, including the lower 48 states, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; or who became a citizen through naturalization; or who was born outside the United States to U.S. Citizen parents under qualifying circumstances (derivative citizenship) and who has not renounced U.S. citizenship.
Permanent Resident - Any person not a citizen of the United States who is residing in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant. Also known as "Permanent Resident Alien," "Lawful Permanent Resident," "Resident Alien Permit Holder," and "Green Card Holder."
- Q: Will the funds be deposited into my personal account?
A: No. All funds are sent directly to the student’s school. Once the student’s tuition and fees (and any other amount they may owe the school) are satisfied, any excess funds will be disbursed to the student by the school.
- Q: Who can I use as a reference?
A: Your reference can be anyone over the age of 18, as long as he or she is not living at the same address as you.
- Q: Why do you need a personal reference from me?
A: We need a personal reference as an additional means of contacting you during the servicing of your loan.
- Q: Why is my Social Security number needed?
A: We use your Social Security number to verify your identity and to check your credit history.
- Q: What qualifies as income?
A: Primary sources of income typically reflect employment earnings, but may also come from other sources such as retirement or rental income.
- Q: Why is the program only offered to Texas residents?
A: Higher Education Servicing Corporation administers its Texas Extra Credit Education Loan program under the authority provided to it in Chapter 53B of the Texas Education Code, which limits our program to serve only Texas residents.
- Q: Is there a penalty for pre-payment or paying the loan off early?
A: No, you can pay your loan off early regardless of your repayment terms without any penalty. You will only be charged the amount of interest that has accrued on the loan until the day the loan is paid off.
- Q: Do I have to make payments on my loan while the student beneficiary is enrolled in school?
A: If you select the Immediate Repayment option or Interest-Only Repayment option, you will be responsible to make payments on the loan while the student beneficiary is enrolled in school. If you select the Full Deferment Repayment option, payments will be deferred for up to 66 months while the student beneficiary is continuously enrolled at an approved school at least half-time.