Once you have pursued and determined your eligibility for federal student loans, you may want to consider a loan from a credit agency or private lender. You and your family are responsible for reviewing and applying for these loans. Generally, private loans offer less favorable terms and conditions than federal loans. With that in mind, we urge you and your family to budget carefully and only borrow what is necessary.

We can not recommend or endorse any lender, but we do encourage you and your family to compare lenders. Be sure to review the terms and conditions, fees, repayments options and interests rates to find the private loan that best fits your needs.

Guidelines and tips

Before taking on a private loan, we urge you to review our guidelines and tips. This will help ensure that you're making the best decision for you and your family. View our guidelines and tips about private loans.

Private Student Loan Marketplace

The Private Student Loan Marketplace allows you to compare, side-by-side, different loan rates and terms from various lenders. To provide you with the most accurate numbers possible, the marketplace will pull information from your credit report to simulate the terms of loans from local and national lenders. You and your family should choose the loan that is most appropriate for you. Visit the Private Student Loan Marketplace.

Historical lenders

There are a number of private lenders who continue to participate in the Private Education Loan Program and who have provided funds to our students within the last three years. This list is not an endorsement of lenders. You and your family may choose any lender, even if the lender is not included on this list. We recommend you review the terms and conditions of several lenders before applying:

South Carolina Teachers Loan

The South Carolina Teachers Loan was established in 1984 to entice talented and qualified students into the teaching profession. This loan is cancelled at the rate of 20 percent or $3,000, whichever is greater, for each year of full-time teaching in a critical subject or in a depressed geographical area as designated by the state. If you teach in both a critical subject and a geographic area simultaneously, your loan is cancelled at the rate of 33.3 percent or $5,000, whichever is greater, for each year of full-time teaching. Based on your year in school, a freshman or sophomore can receive up to $2,500 per year, and a junior, senior, or graduate student can receive up to $5000 per year. View the application and eligibility requirements.

South Carolina Teachers Loan for Career Changers

The South Carolina Teacher Loan for Career Changers was established to give individuals an opportunity to enter the teaching profession. This loan is cancelled at the rate of 20 percent or $3,000, whichever is greater, for each year of full-time teaching in a critical subject or in a depressed geographical area as designated by the state. If you teach in both a critical subject and a geographic area simultaneously, your loan is cancelled at the rate of 33.3 percent or $5000, whichever is greater, for each year of full-time teaching. Qualified students may borrow an annual amount of $15,000 per year, up to a cumulative amount of $60,000. View the loan's application and eligibility requirements.

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