Experience with PRIVATE student loans

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    I have a bachelors degree and I have been informed by all the nursing schools (community college ADN programs) that I do not qualify for any government financial aid/student loans due to my BA. I can however get private student loans through Wells Fargo or Sallie Mae. Does anyone have any experience with private student loans? Advice? Which bank is better? How do private differ from government student loans? Any input from students who have had to go the private route would be much appreciated!! Thanks!
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    I have both (private and Federal Loans). Federal loans are great because they usually have a much lower interest rate compared to a private loan. One of my private loans has an interest rate of 12.05% whereas my SallieMae has a rate of around 4%. SallieMae is nice since they have lower rates however after you graduate and the loans go into repayment I hear their minimum jumps quite high. Also Federal loans can be consolidated whereas private loans can't (basically with a private your just trading in one loan and trying to get a reduced interest rate). You can consolidate a federal loan at any time but its much better to consolidate a private loan after you've graduated and gotten a job so they see a higher credit history and income so you'll get a lower rate.
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    I had a Sallie Mae that I paid off and then I got another for my LPN schooling (which is currently on hold b/c I am now in an LPN to RN program so I don't have to pay the monthly amount. I do make monthly payments though. I don't pay the whole monthly amount that was due before I started back, but I pay a good chunk of it).

    I really never had any problems with them and their interest rates weren't that bad. Of course, right now I can't for the life of me remember what it is.
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    Thank you so much for the replies. I really would like to avoid having to take out loans. Do either of you know anything about collecting unemployment and going to school. I have never been on unemployment before and I live in California if that makes a difference.
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    Have you tried a workforce in your area? They areas tally funded for second degree students or for high demand careers (nursing still on that list). My friend got $7k/year toward her nursing school.

    Workforce and retraining programs are a great resource. This was in Florida so I don't know what they are called in California. The unemployment office usually knows the info. My friend had to give up her unemployment 2 months into school since she was not looking for a job and went to retraining but they referred her to the workforce.

    Good luck!
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    I am baffled as to why you don't qualify for federal loans. I had a BA before going to nursing school, and I was able to take out federal loans for nursing school. I would still fill out a FAFSA application if you haven't b/c federal loans are a lot easier to deal with than private.
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    Quote from mariebailey
    I am baffled as to why you don't qualify for federal loans. I had a BA before going to nursing school, and I was able to take out federal loans for nursing school. I would still fill out a FAFSA application if you haven't b/c federal loans are a lot easier to deal with than private.
    You cannot go backwards and still receive aid. If you have a bachelor's you can usually still qualify for enough aid to get another bachelors, but going to get an associates degree is a whole other ball game.
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    Quote from CP2013
    Have you tried a workforce in your area? They areas tally funded for second degree students or for high demand careers (nursing still on that list). My friend got $7k/year toward her nursing school.

    Workforce and retraining programs are a great resource. This was in Florida so I don't know what they are called in California. The unemployment office usually knows the info. My friend had to give up her unemployment 2 months into school since she was not looking for a job and went to retraining but they referred her to the workforce.

    Good luck!
    Thanks! I've never heard of workforce but I am sure California has something similar! I will look into it
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    Quote from mariebailey
    I am baffled as to why you don't qualify for federal loans. I had a BA before going to nursing school, and I was able to take out federal loans for nursing school. I would still fill out a FAFSA application if you haven't b/c federal loans are a lot easier to deal with than private.
    I think it's a relatively new thing, like within the last two years...when did you go back to school for your RN?
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    Quote from cjr2619
    I think it's a relatively new thing, like within the last two years...when did you go back to school for your RN?
    in '05


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