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Ascent offers private student loans without a cosigner

If you don’t pre-qualify for our credit-based non-cosigned loan, eligible juniors and seniors may apply for our outcomes-based student loan without a cosigner.

See Eligibility Requirements Check your rate without impacting your credit score.

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No cosigner student loan options

You may pre-qualify for a student loan without a cosigner and build credit in your own name.

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Flexible payment options

Choose from affordable fixed or variable rates, customize your repayment terms, and pay off your loan without any penalty.

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Benefits that put you first

Cover up to 100% of your attendance costs. Plus, you can get 1% cash back and a discount if you set up automatic payments.

Learn more about Ascent’s Discounts & Cash Rewards

How to get your no cosigner student loan

You’ve already put a lot of work into preparing for college.

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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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    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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Am I eligible for Ascent’s Outcomes-Based Student Loan without a cosigner?

Student borrowers without established credit** and those who meet the minimum credit requirements but don’t meet the income or repayment requirements may qualify for a loan without a cosigner based on several alternative factors, which may include:

  • School
  • Program
  • Graduation date
  • Major
  • GPA
  • Cost of attendance
  • SAP (Satisfactory Academic Performance)
  • Other factors

Additionally, students seeking a loan without a cosigner must:

  • Be a college junior or senior enrolled full-time or half-time within 9-months of graduation in a degree program at an eligible institution
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or have a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status with a valid social security number
  • Meet your school’s Satisfactory Academic Performance (SAP) with a 3.0+ GPA or greater.
  • Be at least 18 years old or the age of majority in their state of residence

**NOTE: Ascent applicants without a cosigner AND less than two (2) years of non-student loan credit history are not tested against any minimum current annual income criteria. Instead, they are evaluated based on the factors listed above and other criteria that do not consider current annual income.

FAQs about non-cosigned student loans

Creditworthiness refers to your eligibility to receive credit from a lender. Lenders use your credit history to assess the level of risk involved with issuing a loan or another form of credit to borrowers. There are many factors that contribute to creditworthiness including your credit score and repayment history.

Since many students have not yet established credit, Ascent determines creditworthiness for loans without a cosigner in the following ways:

  • Non-Cosigned Credit-Based Loan
    • Student borrowers must have more than two (2) years of credit history with a minimum credit score
  • Non-Cosigned Outcomes-Based Loan
    • Eligible student borrowers with no credit score, or eligible students that meet a minimum credit score with or without two (2) years of credit history

There is no minimum income requirement for Ascent's Non-Cosigned Outcomes-Based Loan.* For Ascent's Non-Cosigned Credit-Based Loan, the minimum income requirement is $24,000 per year.

* NOTE: If you are applying for a loan without a cosigner AND have less than two (2) years of non-student loan credit history, you will not be tested against any minimum current annual income criteria. Instead, evaluation is based on the school of attendance, program, major, and other criteria that do not consider current annual income.

If you are a student borrower with or without a cosigner AND have less than 2 years of credit history:

  • Instead, students are evaluated based on their school of attendance, program, major, GPA, and other criteria that do not consider current annual income.

If you are a student borrower without a cosigner and have at least 2 years of credit and make a gross annual income of $24,000:

  • You will be tested against the following criteria to determine your eligibility for the most favorable rates and terms available:
    • Must meet a monthly debt-to-income (DTI) ratio
    • Must submit satisfactory proof of income

NOTE – Ascent applicants without a cosigner AND less than two (2) years of non-student loan credit history are not tested against any minimum current annual income criteria. Instead, they are evaluated based on their school of attendance, program, major, GPA, and other criteria that do not consider current annual income.

Yes. Students who are enrolled at least half-time at an eligible institution may qualify for Ascent’s Cosigned Credit-Based Loan option. Students who are enrolled half-time within 9-months of graduation in a degree-seeking program at an eligible institution may qualify for Ascent’s Non-Cosigned Outcomes-Based Loan option. Certain limitations may apply for applicants who apply without a cosigner.

Choose from affordable fixed or variable rates

Ascent offers private student loans without a cosigner at competitive rates.

Fixed APR

Non-Cosigned Credit-Based Loan:

9.28% - 15.31%*

Non-Cosigned Outcomes-Based Loan:

13.32% - 15.28%*

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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

Non-Cosigned Credit-Based Loan:

9.46% - 15.44%*

Non-Cosigned Outcomes-Based Loan:

13.45% - 15.35%*

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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 06/20/2024 and reflect an Automatic Payment Discount of 0.25% on credit-based loans and 1.00% discount on outcomes-based loans when you enroll in automatic payments. The Full P&I (Immediate) Repayment option is only available for college loans (except for outcomes-based loans) originated on or after June 3, 2024. 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 full principal and interest payments, the shortest loan term, and are only available for our most creditworthy applicants 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.

More ways to customize

your private student loan without a cosigner

Flexible 5, 7, 10, 12 or 15-year repayment terms for non-cosigned credit-based loan option and 10 or 15-year repayment terms for non-cosigned outcomes-based loan option.

There’s no penalty for early repayment. Ascent repayment examples.

NOTE: For certain loans with low balances, the minimum monthly payment amount may cause the loan amortization schedule to be less than the selected term.

For Ascent’s Non-Cosigned Credit-Based student loan, students can choose from our Interest-Only, $25 Minimum, Deferred Repayment or Immediate Repayment* options.

For Ascent’s Non-Cosigned Outcomes-Based student loan, students can choose our Deferred Repayment option and start payments up to 9-months after graduation or leaving the program.

*The Full P&I (Immediate) Repayment option is only available for college loans (except for outcomes-based loans) originated on or after June 3, 2024. (See Terms & Conditions.)

0.25% Automatic Payment Discount applied when eligible borrowers are making automatic payments on their Ascent Non-Cosigned Credit-Based student loan via auto-debit from their personal checking account.

1.00% Automatic Payment Discount applied when eligible borrowers are making automatic payments on their Ascent Non-Cosigned Outcomes-Based student loan via auto debit from their personal checking account.

1% Cash Back Graduation Reward upon satisfaction of certain terms and conditions.

Minimum: $2,001*

Maximum: $200,000 for Non-Cosigned Credit-Based Loan; $20,000 for Non-Cosigned Outcomes-Based Loan ($200,000 aggregate total)

NOTE: Because the Non-Cosigned Outcomes-Based Loan is available to students without any reliance on cosigners, processing times may be longer and loan amounts may be lower than the loan amount requested.

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

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If you are a student borrower with or without a cosigner AND have less than 2 years of credit history:

  • THERE IS NO MINIMUM INCOME REQUIREMENT. Instead, students are evaluated based on their school of attendance, program, major, GPA, and other criteria that do not consider current annual income.

If you are a student borrower without a cosigner and have at least 2 years of credit and make a gross annual income of $24,000:

  • You will be tested against the following criteria to determine your eligibility for the most favorable rates and terms available:
    • Must meet a monthly debt-to-income (DTI) ratio.
    • Must submit satisfactory proof of income.

NOTE – Ascent applicants without a cosigner AND less than two (2) years of non-student loan credit history are not tested against any minimum current annual income criteria. Instead, they are evaluated based on their school of attendance, program, major, GPA, and other criteria that do not consider current annual income.

Students enrolled full-time or at least half-time at an eligible institution may qualify. Certain limitations may apply for applicants who apply without a cosigner.
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