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Private Student Loan for Career and Community Colleges

A Wells Fargo Student Loan for Career and Community Colleges is designed for students attending a two-year school, career-training program, or non-traditional school.

Benefits:

  • Students make no payments until six months after leaving school.
  • Pay no application, origination, or early repayment fees.
  • Select a competitive fixed or variable interest rate option.
  • Reduce your loan cost by qualifying for our interest rate discounts.

A cosigner may help you qualify for a student loan and potentially get a lower interest rate but is not required to apply.

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See a checklist of what you'll need to apply.
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You can also call a Student Loan Consultant at 1-800-378-5526
Easy Online Application Process

Payments

No payments are required until six months after you leave school.

Fees

There is no application or origination fee, and no penalty for paying off your loan early.

Competitive annual percentage rate (APR)

  • Variable interest rates range from 5.46% APR (with discount) to 11.24% APR (without discount).
  • Fixed interest rates range from 7.46% APR (with discount) to 12.65% APR (without discount).

See examples of today’s rates

Two great ways to lower your interest rate

  • Customer Discount . 0.25% interest rate reduction for a previous Wells Fargo student loan or other qualifying account.
  • Automatic Payment Discount . 0.25% interest rate reduction for enrolling in automatic payments.

Discounts reduce the amount of interest you pay over the life of the loan. The automatic payment discount may not change your monthly payment amount depending on the type of loan you receive, but may reduce the number of payments or reduce the amount of your final payment.

Learn more about how to take advantage of these student loan discounts.

Borrow what you need

We help you borrow only what you need by working with your school to:

  • Verify the amount you need and your enrollment.
  • Accept funds on your behalf.
  • Distribute any remaining funds to you, after the school receives your funds.

Borrow up to $15,000 per year for a two-year public, private, or proprietary school and $20,000 per year for a four-year proprietary school.

The lifetime limit for this loan combined with all other education-related debt, including federal loans, is $40,000 for a two-year public, private, or proprietary school and $100,000 for a four-year proprietary school.

Calculators

Estimate how much you may need to borrow for college:
Student Loan Calculator

Determine how much student loan debt you can manage based on your potential earning power:
Student Loan Debt Repayment Calculator

If you're a student with little or no credit history or limited income, a cosigner may help you to qualify for this loan and potentially receive a lower interest rate.

A cosigner is someone who shares responsibility with the student borrower for repaying the loan. A cosigner doesn't have to be a relative; he or she can be any adult who meets the eligibility requirements.

FAQs

Will I need a cosigner?

Most borrowers will need a cosigner for this loan to meet credit, employment, and debt-to-income requirements. Rates are typically higher without a cosigner; however, borrowers that meet these requirements on their own do not need a cosigner (but may still choose to apply with a cosigner).

Who should I ask to be a private student loan cosigner?

Any adult who meets the credit and citizenship requirements can be a cosigner for a private student loan.

The cosigner doesn’t have to be a relative; he or she can be anyone who meets the requirements — ideally someone with an established credit history and steady income.

What are the cosigner's responsibilities?

The student borrower and any cosigner share responsibility for ensuring that the loan is repaid.

In the event of the death or total and permanent disability of the student borrower, the loan can be forgiven and the student borrower and any cosigner won’t be responsible for repayment.

Under what circumstances may cosigners be released from their loan responsibility?

A cosigner may be released from the loan if the student borrower is a U.S. citizen or U.S. national, or is a permanent resident alien with proper evidence of eligibility, and contacts Wells Fargo to request release of the cosigner. We will evaluate credit, employment, and income factors to determine the student borrower's ability to take full responsibility for repaying the loan.

At the time the borrower asks us to release the cosigner, all of the following requirements must be met:

  1. If the first scheduled payment is received on time, then the most recent 24 consecutive scheduled monthly payments must be made on time and in full, or, if the first required payment was not made on time, the most recent 48 consecutive scheduled monthly payments were made on time and in full.
  2. An "on time" payment is defined as paid within the grace period – no late charges assessed.

  3. No forbearances or modifications were granted for hardship reasons during those consecutive monthly payment periods.

If these requirements are met, then the borrower must return a signed cosigner release application and, at that time, satisfy a full credit, employment, and income evaluation.  Finally, the cosigner needs to sign a consent form agreeing to be removed from the loan.

To learn more about our cosigner release benefit eligibility or if the borrower is interested in applying for a cosigner release, please contact our office at 1-800-658-3567.

In the event of the death of the student, the loan will be forgiven and the borrower and any cosigner will not be responsible for repayment. Loan forgiveness is also available based on the total and permanent disability of the student.

Who is responsible for paying the loan?

The borrower and the cosigner share responsibility for ensuring that the loan is repaid. 

If financial hardship makes it difficult to remain current on the loan payments, we encourage you to talk to us to see what options are available.

In the event of the death or total and permanent disability of the student borrower, the loan can be forgiven and the student borrower and any cosigner won't be responsible for repayment.

How does my cosigner apply?

  1. Be prepared to apply with your cosigner online or over the phone.
  2. Make sure that you and your cosigner have the required documents.
  3. You and your cosigner will be given instructions as to how to complete the application.

Should I choose a variable or fixed interest rate?

Variable interest rates are based on market conditions, so if market rates go up, so do your interest rate and monthly payments. Fixed interest rates stay the same over the life of the loan.

Learn more about student loan interest rates.

How do interest rates impact monthly payments?

In the examples below, you can see a $10,000 loan, assuming:

  • You are in school for 48 months (four years). 
  • First required payment will be due six months after you graduate or leave school. 
  • You pay back amount borrowed plus interest in 12 years.

Monthly payment could be:

  • $118.53 if variable APR is 5.50%
  • $159.75 if fixed APR is 8.32%
  • $202.09 if variable APR is 10.84%
The monthly payment amount will be at least $50 during your repayment period. The monthly payment amount may be more depending on your loan amount and other factors.

How do I know what my interest rate will be?

Your interest rate will be determined by several factors when you apply, most importantly your credit history and that of your cosigner, if applicable.

Your interest rate options will be presented during the application process, at which point you can choose between a specific variable interest rate and specific fixed interest rate.

To be eligible:

  • You must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at an eligible school, and seeking a degree, certificate, or license.
  • You may qualify for this loan even if you are enrolled less than half time.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national, or be a permanent resident alien or an international student who is a temporary resident alien with a current U.S. address. Permanent and temporary resident aliens must show proper evidence of eligibility.
  • You may need a cosigner, unless you meet credit, employment, and debt-to-income requirements. For temporary resident aliens, a U.S. citizen or U.S. national, or a permanent resident alien with proper evidence of eligibility must cosign the loan.

Easy Online Application Process