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Health Professions Student Loans

Cover your nursing, pharmacy, or allied health school costs with a flexible health professional student loan.

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Competitive health professional student loan interest rates

Fixed APR

5.29% - 15.11%*

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  • Make the same payment every month
  • Your interest rate is set the day you apply and doesn’t change

Variable APR

7.24% - 15.20%*

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  • Your payment may change each month
  • Your interest rate may vary with the market conditions

*Rates displayed above are effective as of 05/10/2024 and reflect an Automatic Payment Discount of 0.25% on credit-based loans when you enroll in automatic payments. For more information, see repayment examples or review the Automatic Payment Discount Terms and Conditions. The final amount approved depends on the borrower's credit history, verifiable cost of attendance as certified by an eligible school and is subject to credit approval and verification of application information. Lowest interest rates require interest-only payments, the shortest loan term, a cosigner, and are only available for our most creditworthy applicants and cosigners with the highest average credit scores. Actual APR offered may be higher or lower than the repayment examples below, based on the amount of time you spend in school and any grace period you have before repayment begins.

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Customize your health professions student loan repayment options

Flexible Repayment Plans (available while enrolled at least half-time at an eligible school and during Grace Period)

  • Deferred repayment if you want to wait to start loan payments
  • $25 minimum repayment* if you want to get started on your payments while you're still in school.
  • Interest-only repayment if you can afford larger payments while in school.

In-School Period

  • We offer deferment of health professions school loans up to 36-months while you're enrolled at least half-time.

Postpone Payments

  • The grace period allows you to postpone full principal and interest payments up to 9-months after graduation, or leaving the program, or otherwise dropping to less than half-time enrollment status giving you time to focus on what matters.

*Want to see what your repayment plan and monthly payments could look like?

Check out our loan repayment examples to help you make your decision.

5 Benefits of health professions student loans with Ascent

  • No application, origination, or disbursement fees

  • No penalties for early repayment

  • 1% cashback graduation reward + discount for automatic payments

  • Refer a friend and earn $525 for each friend who takes a loan

  • Defer payments up to 9-months after graduation or leaving the program

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How to get your health profession student loan

You’ve already put a lot of work into preparing for graduate school. Getting the financing you need shouldn’t stop you now. We’ve streamlined our application process so you can get your funds without getting a headache.

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    Step 1

    Submit your pre-qualification

    We ask you to provide important information such as your name, address, date of birth, the school you’re applying to, and employment information. If you’re applying with a cosigner, they’ll also enter their information.

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    Step 2

    Customize your loan details

    Once your completed loan application is approved, you’ll be able to view your loan details and select the loan terms that work best for you.

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    Step 3

    Complete any open loan tasks in your Ascent portal

    After you choose your loan terms, complete any loan application tasks in your Ascent portal.

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    Step 4

    We pay the school

    When your portal tasks are complete, we send your loan for school certification. Once certified, we’ll disburse your loan directly to the school.

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Additional ways to pay for health professions school

Federal financial aid

Health profession students take out federal loans first by filling out the FAFSA, then seek more funding through scholarships and private student loans. Using the FAFSA for Master’s loans and PhD student loans can give you an overview of your federal student loan options.

If your federal aid doesn’t cover all your costs, taking out a private health professions student loan can keep you from stressing over your budget while you’re studying.

Scholarships

Ascent also gives out more than $80,000 in scholarships every year to students attending college, graduate school, and bootcamps. There are many chances to win, so make sure to check in regularly to see which scholarships we’re currently running.

Frequently asked questions about health professions student loans

Yes. Many graduate school students apply for federal loans first through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), then cover additional expenses with private student loans. The federal loans available to you may consist of Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Grad PLUS Loans.

If your federal loans don’t cover all of your living expenses, a private student loan and scholarships may give you the relief you need.

The maximum loan amount for an Ascent loan is limited to the total cost of attendance for a period not to exceed one full academic year, including any financial aid you receive, as certified by your school. Note: Your maximum loan amount may be less than the amount requested on your application due to the school certification or other underwriting factors.

  • Minimum: $2,001*

  • Maximum (aggregate): $400,000 for Graduate Loans

  • Student borrowers may borrow up to their institution’s cost of attendance as certified by the school and may not exceed the aggregate loan limits as stated above.

*The loan minimum amount is $2,001 except for the state of Massachusetts. Minimum loan amount for borrowers with a Massachusetts permanent address is $6,001.

Only you can decide if health professions student loans are worth it for you. If you decide to go to an allied health professions, nursing, or pharmacy school, Ascent is here to support you.

When you take an Ascent loan, you’ll also have a wealth of financial resources available to you to help you succeed and develop a plan to tackle your debt after school. We also give out more than $80,000 in scholarships each year to students.

Health professional school loans with Ascent work in 4 easy steps. After you’ve been accepted to your graduate school, you can begin the application for your loan. Once you’ve pre-qualified for your loan, you can accept the loan and customize your repayment options. We’ll keep you updated on additional tasks and documents that need to be uploaded.

Finally, your school will certify the amount you’re approved, and your funds will be sent directly to your school – any money that doesn’t go toward your school’s necessary funds will be sent to you to cover additional expenses.

Yes. Ascent’s health profession student loans are available for international students attending U.S.-based institutions. To apply for our student loan for graduate school as an international resident, you’ll need to apply with a creditworthy cosigner. Your cosigner must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

DACA students may apply on their own with the proper documentation or with a qualified cosigner who is a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

Yes. Ascent awards over $80,000 in scholarships every year. Enter for your chance to win our monthly scholarships in 3 easy steps – no essay required. To learn more about scholarships, visit here

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Contact us for help with health professionals student loans

If you have questions or concerns about your health professions student loan application, don’t hesitate to contact Ascent. We’re available to assist you and provide clarification on the loan application process, as well as any additional information you need to help make your decision.

Fill out our contact form to reach the Ascent team.

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Pursuing a Different Educational Route?

Ascent provides private student loans for various graduate student routes. If your heart isn't set on a health profession, we can still help you out! Check out our other graduate loan options.

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