Supplemental loans are designed to help students who need additional assistance with educational costs. In most cases, it is advantageous for students to pursue a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and for parents to pursue Federal PLUS Loans before seeking alternative loans.
If a student still needs assistance beyond what is available through federal loan programs, there are a number of private lenders who offer supplemental loans to cover educational expenses. The supplemental loans listed below are not based on need, and they can replace a portion of the Expected Family Contribution. Loan approval is generally based on creditworthiness and ability to repay. The maximum that may be borrowed is the difference between cost of attendance and other financial aid.
College Cost Adjuster provides a helpful tool for calculating what a student may need in private loans, after financial aid, savings, and availability of current income are considered.
Students applying for a private educational loan are required to complete the Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification Form available through their lender’s website. Information regarding the total cost of attendance at Wake Forest University can be found on the Cost of Attendance page.
Each lender offers different rates, fees, repayment terms, and approval requirements. Wake Forest suggests students carefully investigate the loan terms and conditions before choosing a lender.
The lenders listed below offer zero fees and/or borrower discounts during repayment, excellent service, and electronic application processing and fund delivery.
- Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan
- Union Federal Private Student Loan
- Suntrust Custom Choice Loan
- College Ave Student Loans
- Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan
- PNC Solution Loan
- Discover Student Loans
- Citizens One Student Loan
You are not required to borrow from one of the loan programs listed above.
Wake Forest adheres to a strict code of conduct in its relations with private lenders.
We encourage you to compare lender discounts and other borrower benefits with these loan comparison tools:
We invite all lenders who would like to be considered for inclusion on this list to submit a proposal to the Wake Forest Office of Student Financial Aid. All proposals must include: origination fees, range of interest rates, range of Annual Percentage Rates, monthly payments, number of payments, total cost of loan, due date of first payment, and borrower benefits. Disclosure statements must be submitted annually, in order to remain on the list of suggested lenders.