Education Loan FAQ
- Q: Why does a cosigner help?
A: Applying with a cosigner who has good credit and income can help you satisfy credit criteria and may increase your chances of passing the initial credit review and receiving a lower interest rate. Most students will need a cosigner to qualify. In a cosigned application, both you and your cosigner intend to (a) jointly apply for credit and (b) be jointly liable for the requested loan.
- 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 you are attending, but is limited to the lesser of your 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.
- Q: What factors are used in the initial credit review?
A: The initial credit review considers all of the information you and your cosigner (if applicable) 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.
- 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 if I have no credit history?
A: Students can apply with a cosigner to help meet creditworthiness guidelines and increase their chances of passing the initial credit review. If a student does not have credit history, we recommend applying with a cosigner who does.
Personal & Financial Information
- 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 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: What is the difference between permanent address and mailing address?
A: Your permanent address is the location that you consider to be your primary place of residence (like your parents' or guardian's address). Your mailing address is wherever you want to receive all of your loan documents.
- 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. If we are not able to reach the student or cosigner on the loan we will contact your personal reference.
- 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. If you are applying with a cosigner, you cannot use him or her as your reference, nor can your reference live at the same address as your cosigner. Lastly, you and your cosigner cannot use the same reference.
- 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. Your spouse's income is not an eligible source of 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: Which repayment type should I choose?
A: Making payments of any type during the in-school period can significantly reduce the total cost of your loan. If you select a repayment type that requires an in-school payment, all payments must be made on time during the in-school period.