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Private Loans

In addition to federal, state and Mount Ida aid, you also may want to explore a student loan from a private bank, credit union or other national lender to meet your educational expenses. Our Financial Aid team encourages you to look for loans that are school certified, have low interest rates, zero fees, and come with a variety of repayment options—find the best loan product that meets you and your family’s individual circumstances.

It is important to note that compared to federal and state loans, interest rates on private loans are typically higher; and interest accrues while you are attending college. Also, repayment of your private student loan(s) typically begins six months after graduation or enrolled less than half-time. Most private loans are in the student’s name and often require a co-signer for approval.

The Office of Student Financial Services will work with the private lender of your choosing and process the private loan without penalty by Mount Ida. When putting your financial plan together, we do ask that you keep private or alternative borrowing to the necessary minimum. Private loan funds do not reach Mount Ida until 30 days after the start of the semester.

To make the selection process easier, Mount Ida College has identified a select group of lenders for our Preferred Lender List (Alternative Financing Options Sheet and Financing Your Education and Frequently Asked Questions). Once you have been approved for the private loan of your choice, the selected lender will send Mount Ida College a certification request, which will be completed by the Office of Student Financial Services .

For online comparisons and to apply for a private loan, please visit ELM Select.

We urge you to read these important notices on Private Education Loan Self-Certification form Information and Regulations Z Truth in Lending prior to your private loan search. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Services with any questions regarding private loans.

Private Education Loan Self-Certification Form Information

Effective February 14, 2010, lenders of private education loans are required to collect a completed and signed Self-Certification Form (PDF)  from the student prior to disbursing the loan proceeds to the College. This requirement applies to any private education loan(s) that are not at least partially disbursed prior to the effective date. Private education loans include all Alternative Loans, as well as the Massachusetts No Interest Loan program. Individual lending institutions are implementing their own procedures to comply with this regulation, so you should contact your lender directly if you have specific questions about the process for submitting this form.

If you do not submit a completed and signed Self-Certification Form to your lender, your loan funds will not be disbursed to the College.

Regulation Z – Truth in Lending (TILA)

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) enacted August 2008 amended the Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA) establishing private education loan disclosure requirements about loan terms on or with the loan application and lenders must also disclose information about lower cost alternatives like federal student loans. Additionally, once the loan is approved and finalized for disbursement, additional disclosures must be provided. These regulations were passed to ensure that borrowers of private education loans have the necessary information to make informed choices about financing products to fund educational costs. These regulations apply to all private education loans but not to loans under the Federal Title IV loan programs (Stafford, Perkins and PLUS). We are providing a model Private Lender Agreement (PLA) Form as an example of what your lending institution is required to share with you upon borrowing an educational loan.

Click here to view the  Model PLA Agreement
Click here to view the Alternative Loan Annual Application and Solicitation Disclosure Notices.
Click here to view the Method and Criteria for Selecting Alternative Loan List