State-based college loans available


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Kentucky students and parents who need help paying for college may qualify for low interest rates on Kentucky Advantage Education Loans from the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation.

Interest rates are fixed and are as low as 4.95 percent. The exact rate will depend on creditworthiness and choice of payment plan.

The low-cost loans fill the gap between other financial aid a student receives and the total cost of education. Students should apply for all free aid, such as grants and scholarships, then for Federal Stafford Loans before applying for a private loan.

To qualify for an Advantage Loan, the student must:

• Be a Kentucky resident enrolled in an approved school or a non-Kentucky resident enrolled in an approved Kentucky school;

• Be 18 by the date of application;

• Be a U.S. citizen or a non-citizen with a proof of residency card;

• Have an acceptable credit history or an approved cosigner.

To qualify for a parent Advantage Loan, the borrower must:

• Be the parent or stepparent of an undergraduate or graduate student, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid;

• Be a U.S. citizen or a non-citizen with a proof of residency card;

• Have an acceptable credit history or an approved cosigner.

The loans are available to students attending eligible colleges and universities. Applications may be submitted online at www.kheslc.com or at www.advantageeducationloan.com. For more information, call 800-988-6333.

KHESLC is a public, nonprofit corporation that provides education loans for students and parents. It was established by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1978.

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