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Private Alternative Loans

Please Note: Private loan applications for the 2012-13 school year should not be submitted until after May 1, 2012

Private education loans, also called alternative loans, are offered by banks and lending institutions as an additional source of funding for higher education. These loans are not part of the federal loan program, but they are an additional option after all other financial aid resources have been exhausted. 

If you are considering a private education loan, you are encouraged to review our Preferred Lender information and WIU Preferred Lender List. The WIU Financial Aid Office will process alternative loans for ANY lender selected by a student.

Remember - borrow only what you need!  Student's may borrow up to their  cost of attendance  minus any other financial aid (e.g. loans, scholarships, waivers, etc.). 

Private student loans are not eligible for  Federal Direct Loan Consolidation  - however, lending institutions do offer private consolidation loans.