Lenders and Guarantors
IMPORTANT NOTICE: New York University currently participates in the Federal Direct Lending Program and no longer awards Stafford and PLUS loans in cooperation with private lenders. This policy record is provided for general archival reference only.
Once New York University has received your FAFSA information from the federal processor, you will be reviewed for financial aid. If you are deemed eligible for federal loans, it will be indicated on your financial aid award letter, and you will automatically receive instructions from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) about how to complete the online application for a Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, or Federal PLUS Loan.
Selecting a Lender
You have the right to borrow from any lender you choose.
The Office of Financial Aid is available to help you with the loan application process. However, the choice of a lender is ultimately your decision.
If you choose to borrow a federal loan from a HESC-registered lender (see information about guarantee agencies at Loan Guarantors: Frequently Asked Questions), you must complete an electronic Master Promissory Note (e-MPN) online on the HESC web site. You will need your FAFSA PIN to complete the e-MPN.
If you choose to borrow a federal loan from a non-HESC lender, please contact the Office of Financial Aid, identify the lender that you prefer, and we will provide you with further instructions.
Here are some things to consider as you review possible lenders for either a federal loan (i.e. Stafford or PLUS) or a non-federal alternative (private) loan:
- Does the lender typically sell its loans to another lender or loan servicer? If so, your loan could be owned and managed by another organization, rather than the one from which you borrowed. Your lender is required to inform you if they sell your loan. If your loan can be sold, ask if your borrower benefits/interest rate discounts will continue, and get that information in writing.
- What interest rate discounts and/or other borrower benefits do the lenders offer? Are any of those benefits contingent on your making a certain number of consecutive, on-time payments? What are the chances that you will qualify? What percentage of students who take loans from the lender actually qualify for the benefits? Are combined billing options offered if a student borrows a federal loan and a private loan from that same lender?
- What is the interest rate of the loan? Is it fixed or adjustable? Will it remain the same for the life of the loan, and if the loan is sold?
- Will you actually get the advertised "as-low-as" interest rate?
- What types of fees are charged by the lender (i.e. origination and/or insurance fees)? How much are these fees? Does the lender waive any fees or pay them on the borrower's behalf? If so, what does it take to qualify for the benefit and what percentage of students actually qualify?
- When will repayment begin? If repayment starts after you leave school, will interest be added onto the principal balance while you are going to school? What circumstances will result in the capitalization of interest?
- What is the total amount that you will have to repay over the life of the loan, and what will the monthly payments be?
- How long is the total repayment period, and is there any penalty for early repayment of all or part of the principal?
- What are the penalties for missing monthly payments? When is a payment considered late? What are the terms and conditions for hardship deferments/forbearance?
Many incentives require the borrower to make a set number of consecutive on-time payments in order to qualify, beginning with the first payment due. In many cases, missing or being late on one payment may forfeit your ability to qualify for the incentive. Some lenders offer incentives that allow you to rehabilitate a delinquency and restore the incentive at a later date. In our experience, the most common reason a student loses their ability to qualify for a borrower incentive is because he or she misses or is late on the first payment due.
Students who enroll in an auto-debit program with their lender prior to the first payment due tend to have a higher rate of qualification for on-time payment incentives. However, the largest number of students qualify for incentives which offer the opportunity for rehabilitation from a delinquency status.
- What are the options for Loan Consolidation? Loan consolidation gives you the opportunity to combine and refinance your student loans, extend repayment terms, reduce monthly payments, and guarantee a fixed interest rate.