A:Students loans are quite easy to get via the federal loan program. However, they might not be as easy when trying to get a private loan. For federal loans, all students have to do is fill out the FAFSA and submit the completed form to their respective institute and get the loan.
Student loan options for parents with bad credit
Parents with bad credit have fewer options for parent loans. You’ll likely need a guarantor or a co-signer to qualify.
Federal PLUS loans require parent borrowers to not have adverse credit history — a negative mark on your credit history such as charged-off payments, default or bankruptcy.
If you PLUS loan application is denied you can try to get an endorser (similar to a co-signer) who can qualify for a parent PLUS loan. Or you can appeal the decision with the Department of Education by providing documentation of extenuating circumstances.
Your next best option is to look for private student loans for parents that allow you to have a co-signer.
How do private student loans and federal student loans differ?
You apply for a federal student loan by submitting a FAFSA. Taking on a federal loan means you’re borrowing from the government. You apply for a private student loan through a bank, credit union or online lender.
Federal student loans also have flat interest rates set by Congress, while the interest rate on a private student loan depends on your or your co-signer’s credit. Federal loans charge origination fees; private loans typically do not.
Federal student loans offer borrowers protections and alternative repayment options that private loans usually don’t, such as income-based repayment and forgiveness programs. The current interest-free loan forbearance does not include private student loans; any future forgiveness offer is unlikely to include them.