What is a Private Loan?
Private loans are offered by many lending institutions and are designed to help
students and their families with paying education expenses. These loans can typically
cover 100% of the remaining educational expenses (gap) after all other financial
aid has been applied (including Federal Work Study). A credit check is required
and undergraduate students most often need a credit worthy cosigner for approval.
R-MC recommends you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
first to determine eligibility for federal student loans before applying with private
lenders. Parents also have the option of borrowing from the Federal Direct PLUS
program to help with education expenses. A comparison between the PLUS and Private
loans can be accessed HERE.
How do I apply?
Private loan applications are completed directly with the lender of bank of your
choice. Many lenders offer online applications which can speed up the approval and
processing time. R-MC has chosen not to participate in a preferred lender agreement
and cannot recommend a specific bank or lender. For your convenience, we have compiled
a list showing all of the lenders our students have used within the last three years.
You may access this historical list
I’ve been approved for a private loan, what’s next?
Once you’ve been approved by a lender, and have completed all of the necessary paperwork
associated with your loan, R-MC will receive a certification request from your lender.
The purpose of a certification request is for R-MC to certify your enrollment (or
intent to enroll), to verify you are eligible for the amount you’ve request and
to set the appropriate disbursement dates. Our office will process your loan in
a timely matter, but during peak season (June-August), please allow at least two
Please note that due to federal regulations, your lender must hold your loan disbursement
for a minimum of 3 business days for a recession period. Please consider this when
applying for a private loan and allow enough processing time.
What kind of questions should I ask my lender when applying?
We have compiled the following list of questions to use as a guide when requesting
a private loan. Make sure you know the terms and requirements before you agree to