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Alternative Loans 

Alternative/Private education loans are additional loan opportunities available through commercial lenders.

Alternative loans may be used as a source of financial aid in addition to Illinois College, state and federal assistance. These loans are subject to credit analysis and may require a co-signer. Since federal loan programs are less expensive than private loans, students should consider alternative loans last when developing a strategy to pay for higher education at Illinois College. Other financing options include a home equity line of credit, which may have tax benefits for some families, or another type of collateralized loan. You may want to discuss these with your financial adviser.
 
When choosing an alternative loan program, some of the following factors should be examined:
The importance of a co-signer. Students will likely have better chances of being accepted for an alternative loan and receive a better interest rate if a credit-worthy co-signer is used. 

  • Interest rate. The interest rates are typically variable and may be based on either the LIBOR or Prime rate.
  • Loan fees. An origination fee is the amount of money that the lender keeps off the top of the loan proceeds. For instance, if $1000 is borrowed with a 5% origination fee, the borrower will actually have $950 disbursed towards their account, as the lender keeps $50. When the loan is repaid, payments are based on borrowing $1000.
  • Loan repayment and deferment options. Some lenders will allow students to defer payments until after graduation, while others require interest payments while in school. Repayment plans may differ as well.

Alternative Loan Lenders
Below is an inclusive list of lenders used by Illinois College students during the past three (3) years that are currently offering an alternative loan program. The College does not have a preferred lender list and has not entered into a preferred lender arrangement with any lender. Illinois College will process private/alternative loans through any lender the student chooses. Borrowers are not limited to the lenders listed below.

Alliant Credit Union

1.800.328.1935

Ascent Independent Student Loan

1.877.216.0876

CEFCU

1.800.542.3328

Citizens Bank Student Loan

1.888.411.0266

College Avenue Student Loans

1.844.422.7502

cuScholar

1.888.549.9050

Custom Choice Loan - SunTrust

1.866.232.3889

Discover

1.800.788.9968

Elements Financial

1.317.524.5168

First Tech Federal Credit Union

1.855.855.8805

Montana Federal Credit Union

1.877.221.0893

Partnership Financial Credit Union

1.847.697.3281

PNC Private Student Loan

1.800.762.1001

Rock Valley Credit Union

1.877.639.7607

Sallie Mae

1.855.756.5626

Southern Lakes Credit Union Student Loans

1.866.614.7831

Thrivent Federal Credit Union

1.866.226.5225

Wells Fargo Student Loans

1.800.378.5526