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Alternative Loan Steps

Alternative loans are non-Federal loans where lenders provide specialized student loans with reasonable terms for U.S. citizens, nationals, permanent residents, and international students who have a credit-worthy, U.S. citizen cosigner who have decided not to borrow from the Federal loan program. See below the steps you must take in order to apply for an alternative loan, as well as a list of alternative loan lenders you may consult. 

How to Apply

  • Review the lenders and terms.
  • Complete an Alternative Loan Application with the lender of your choice.
  • Complete a Private Education Loan Application Self-Certification and return it to your respective lender along with your alternative loan application.
  • Complete Alternative Loan Request Form

Most alternative loan funds are sent to the University via an electronic disbursement method and applied directly to your tuition account. If your lender sends your funds via paper check, someone from the Office of the Bursar will contact you with directions.

The University of Chicago does not have a preferred-lender listing for private loans. We recognize that you have many choices when contemplating a private loan; therefore, we have provided information of those lenders that the University of Chicago students have utilized in prior years.  This list is not all-inclusive and you are not required to use any of the lender listed below.  You may choose a lender that best meets your needs and requirements in financing your graduate education.  In addition to the list below, you can use general Internet search engines to research private loans.

Alliant CU Grad Student Loan AM Money
Ascent Tuition Loan Program Citizens Bank
College Avenue Student Loans CommerceBank
CuScholar Loan Custom Choice Loan
Discover Student Loan Laurel Road In-School
LendKey Private Student Loan Maroon Financial CU Alt Loan
MPOWER Financing New Jersey Class Alt Loan
PNC Solution Graduates Loan Prodigy Finance Alt Loan
Sallie Mae Student Loan SoFi Private Student Loan
Union Federal Private Loan  

Graham School Students in a Certificate Program

Students in a certificate program should contact the Graham School at 773/702-1722 for instructions.

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