The U.S. Department of Education offers four types of federal student loans that you can get without a cosigner. Before you apply for one, you’ll first need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, which determines what financial aid you may qualify for. Most federal student loans don’t require a credit check, so having minimal or bad credit won’t prevent you from qualifying.
- Lead Sponsored Money – Undergraduates who meet certain income requirements may qualify for this federal loan. While you’re in school, the federal government pays the interest on your loan. Your school determines the amount you can borrow based on your financial need. Undergraduate students can borrow a maximum of $5,500 to $12,500 in Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans (the actual number depends on your dependency status and year in school).
- Lead Unsubsidized Financing – Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students may qualify for this type of student loan. Unlike Direct Subsidized loans, your eligibility isn’t tied to your financial need. Your loan amount is also determined by the school and depends on the cost of attendance and any amount of federal student aid or scholarships you receive. Graduate students or professional students can take out up to $20,500 in Direct Unsubsidized Loans per year. Continue reading Would you like a pops so you can cosign a student loan?