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Getting a Student Loan after Bankruptcy


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It can be difficult to get a student loan after bankruptcy, if you are trying to use a private lender for your college funding needs. However, you may be able to qualify for certain government student loan programs. Since there are limitations on the amount of a government student loan, the school you choose to attend may have to be based on the amount of government funding you receive.

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If you have filed bankruptcy, many private lenders will not grant you a loan based on your past credit problems. If they do approve your loan, the interest you pay may be at a rate that makes your student loan payments unaffordable. One way to get a favorable loan rate is to apply with a co-signer who has a strong credit history. The lender may decide to put your additional signer first on the loan with you as the co-borrower, but the loan terms should be better.

Since you had financial problems large enough to cause you to file for bankruptcy, if you are still in a position to qualify for government loan programs like Stafford and Perkins loans, this may be your best option for your college funding needs.