by Marc Wathieu
Question by simplykiss3s: If I apply for a student loan or a personal loan, does that affect my financial aid?
I’m thinking about getting a loan for personal issues, but was wondering if that will affect my financial aid award amount? Do I need to tell financial aid or it isn’t necessary?
Answer by financialaidguru
I’m assuming you are talking about private/alternative loans because any federal loans would go through your school.
More than likely your school will find out about it. Once that happens, the financial aid staff will check your financial need. If you don’t have any need, the school will not certify you for the loan. If you do have need, then chances are you will be certified for whatever need you have. There are still lenders out there that look for students who want to borrow money without the schools knowledge, but their rates and terms will not compare to a loan certified by the school.
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