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Co-signing Student Loans: Is It A Wise Or A Stupid Miscalculation?

Author : Derik Smith

To get a government student loan, all that is required is a proof that the applicant is real a student undertaking a fulltime study, while to get availed with a private student loan, the applicant must proof that they can be able to repay the availed amount of money. When applying for a private loan, there are two things an applicant should keep in mind; the loans are based on the applicant's credit ratings and the better the credit score the more an applicant can be able to get. Second, if the applicant's credit score is above the average, then the interest rate and other chargeable fees are normally low and the vice versa is the true. However to get approved for private student loans, a co-signer whose credit rating is above average is usually required by the lenders.

A lot of students benefit from applying and being approved and availed with private student loans. The borrower must always remember that the co-signer is responsible for repayment of the loan incase they defaults on the repayments. By co-signing your name on the students loan, you are guaranteeing that you will repay the loan should the borrower fails to make honor the loan's repayment agreements, thus should be careful on whom they are co-signing for. Conversely, a co-signed loan attracts a lesser rate of interest, meaning the borrower will have lower monthly repayments. This means the loan can be re-paid back in a quicker comportment.

Incidentally, there are some situations that warrant a co-signer when applying for student loans. For instance, when a borrower's credit history is not well established, thus have a low credit score, the applicant needs a co-signer in order for a lender to agree to avail them with a student loan. A borrower may also use a co-signer when searching for a student loan which has a lower interest rate.

Having a co-signer can be a win-win situation, but certainly it could also have it own drawbacks especially for a co-signer. Below are some things to put into consideration before cosigning a student's study loan.

* Ensure that you are absolutely comfortable with the borrower's credit history and the way they had been taking their previous loan's obligations. Ask yourself if you will be in a position to repay their loan in case they fail to honor the repayment agreements.
* Make sure the person you are consigning for a student loan is trustworthy, especially when it comes to money matters.
* Ensure you get copies of the papers involved in the student's loan transactions. You will use these to argue your augment in case the applicant fails to honor the loan's repayment conditions.
* Lastly, get a written notarized agreement that the borrower will repay all the fees incurred during the course of the loan, and that they will repay the whole loan's amount during the agreed repayment duration.

With these few points to ponder when cosigning a student's loan, the cosigner will never go wrong. Co-signing a student's loan has it own merits and demerits, and it is up to the co-signer to weigh them carefully before agreeing to cosign a loan for any student who comes asking.

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Derik Smith is writer of No Credit Check Students.For more information about Private Student Loans No Credit, Student loan refinance visit

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