Compare Loan Options

There are a variety of ways to pay for college. Explore some of the most popular options below to help decide what's right for your family.

UWCU Family Student Loan

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UWCU Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit

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Federal Direct PLUS Loan

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At a Glance

Fixed- or variable-rate loan that a family member borrows on behalf of the student.

Fixed- or variable-rate loan or line of credit where a homeowner borrows from their home equity.

Fixed-rate loan offered by the government to parents and graduate students.

Maximum Term

15 years

15 years

10 years

Minimum Loan Amount

$1,000

$5,000

None

Maximum Loan Amount

$15,000 per school year;
$50,000 total

Available home equity

Cost of attendance

Borrower

Family Member or Friend of Student

Homeowner

Parent

Cosigner Needed

Sometimes (36-mo. release)

None

Rarely

Payment Deferrals

None

None

6 months (by request)

Reduced Payments

Up to 2 years interest only (by request for 10- or 15-year terms)

Up to 15 years interest only for lines of credit

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