US private student loans, including Sallie Mae
Before applying for a Private Loan, students are encouraged to apply for the maximum amount they are eligible for in Federal Stafford loans, as federal loans are often cheaper, and most American students are eligible for them. We advise that you investigate US federal loans fully, before applying for a US private student loan. Please refer to our US Federal Loans section for further information.
US private loans do not enable you to borrow more funds than US federal loans as the total borrowing for any combination of loans cannot exceed the total of the standardised Swansea University Cost of Attendance for your chosen program at Swansea University.
Swansea University will work with whichever private lender you decide to use, however, please be aware that Sallie Mae is the only lender we are currently aware of that is willing to lend to students at a foreign school. No more than 365 days can pass from the loan period end date to the first disbursement of the loan through Sallie Mae. For loan applications for the new academic year (which will normally have an earliest disbursement date of 2nd October), please do not make an application to Sallie Mae any earlier than the 1st May, but please do get in contact with Jan Gosling if you have any queries at all before this date.
Sallie Mae is not a preferred lender and this does not represent a preferred lender arrangement.
Global Education Management Services (GEMS) can also offer support in applying for the right Sallie Mae loan for you. Their site is specifically designed for students at foreign schools, and they now have new products available, including the parent loan for undergraduate and graduate students.
Loans for Graduate Students:
Global Education Management Services (GEMS) announces a new financing option for graduate student pursuing general Graduate programmes, law, health profession, and other degrees.
The new graduate student loans offer competitively priced fixed or variable interest rates and extended repayment terms, have no origination fees or pre-payment penalties, and can cover up to 100 percent of the school-certified cost of attendance. Interest rates may be lower if applied with a creditworthy co-signer but is not necessary. Approval requires a credit check and analysis.
Loans for Parents of Undergraduate and Graduate Students:
Parents or other family members can now access loans to assist their child with study, and not just in undergraduate programmes, but also with graduate studies.
Loans for Undergraduates on their brand new website:
Their traditional range of undergraduate loans is also featured.
It’s all on their new look website. Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan for GEMS.
If you wish to apply for a private US student loan, email the University’s US Loan Officer, Sarah Charles for a Cost of Attendance worksheet and other instructions, before applying to your chosen loan provider.
US federal and private student loans for all US students are administered by the US loans Officer Sarah Charles.