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Private Student Loans

Education Line of Credit

With USSFCU's private education line of credit, you can secure funding for your entire college career with just one application!*

Student loan lines of credit are available for both undergraduate and graduate-level programs. And since these loans are being offered through USSFCU, you know you're getting a great deal from a not-for-profit lender you can trust.

  • Flexible funding
  • Lower interest rates
  • Simple one-time online application
  • Deferment of principal and interest while in school
  • Convenient line of credit structure that lets you apply once and secure financing for your entire college career*
  • 24/7 call center and application support

Check out our Student Lending Center whether you are just planning for college, already in college or looking to refinance.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Primary borrower (student) must be 18 years or older and a USSFCU member.

Undergraduate Application  Undergraduate Rates & Terms >>      

Graduate Application  Graduate Rates & Terms >>

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Education Line of Credit Details

Line of Credit Student Loan (revolving) with flexible funding

  • Establish the line today and then request the funds you need later.
  • Borrowers apply once versus annual application and then take draws on their account.
  • Aggregate maximum (total amount) $75,000 for undergraduate
  • Aggregate maximum (total amount) $100,000 for graduate

Flexible Repayment Options

  • Borrowers can choose to defer payments, pay interest only, or pay their entire payment while in school.
  • Payments can be deferred while enrolled at least half-time (maximum 60 months) plus six months grace period after separation.

Zero Origination or Prepayment Fees

  • Borrowers get the money they need without high fees that create an additional need for borrowing.
  • No prepayment penalty - paying the loan off early is good!
  • Auto payments get a .25% rate reduction*

Student’s Loan with Co-borrower

  • Co-borrower not required, but recommended
  • Protects the parent
  • Co-borrower can be removed

School Certified

  • School validates the students’ enrollment and financial need based on their calculated Cost of Attendance minus other aid
  • Funds disburse directly to the school
  • School disburses any extra to the borrower
  • Eligible for most four-year public and private non-profit degree-granting (title iv) schools

Credit Union Held Loan

  • Your loan won’t be sold or moved.
  • An institution you know and trust

Online Application

  • Quick application process
  • Instant conditional approval
  • No waiting for an answer

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for our private education line of credit, you must be enrolled in a degree-granting program at an approved school and a member of the United States Senate Federal Credit Union. You may apply without being a member of the credit union, but you will need to become a member in order for the loan to be funded. Be sure to review all undergraduate and/or graduate-level eligibility requirements. Primary borrower (student) must be 18 years or older.

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Student Loan Support

Need help completing your FAFSA, interpreting your award letter, or deciphering financial aid lingo? 

Our College Counselor can provide personal, one-on-one consultation for all of your financial aid, repayment, and refinancing questions. Whether you’re a parent, high school student, or college graduate entering loan repayment, our counselor can walk you through the necessary steps to make smart financial decisions.

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Important Disclosures and Rate Details

Subject to credit qualification and annual credit review. Must meet school's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. ** The APR will not fall below the floor rate regardless of the index or any additional rate discount. ‡ Approved schools subject to change without notice. Primary borrower (student) must be 18 years or older and a USSFCU member.

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