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College Loans

Parent Student Loans
for College

Ascent’s Parent Student Loans help parents, guardians, and sponsors pay for their students' education and invest in their financial future. Check your rate in minutes with no application or origination fees.

Check your rate without impacting your credit score.

Parent loans for college students are made simple and easy.

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Fast and easy
online application

Apply 100% online and check your parent loan status 24/7 using our AscentConnect mobile app.

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Experience no fees
(and no hidden surprises)

There are no application, origination, or disbursement fees AND there’s no penalty if you pay off your loan early.

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More repayment term options
and discounts

Choose between 5, 7, 10, 12 and 15-year loan terms. Plus, receive a 0.25% discount when you enroll in automatic payments. 

Choose from affordable fixed or variable rates

Fixed APR

5.60% - 16.76%*

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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

6.24% - 16.60%*

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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.

How to get your parent student loan

Preparing for college is hard work, but applying for a Parent Student Loan is fast and easy.

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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, and employment information, as well as some information about your student.

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Step 2

Customize your loan details

Once your completed loan application is approved, you'll review 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 tasks are complete, we’ll send your loan for school certification. Once certified, we’ll disburse the funds directly to the school.

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FAQs about Ascent’s Parent Student Loan

A private parent student loan is designed for parents, grandparents, guardians, and sponsors with a student working towards an undergraduate or a graduate degree or certification education at an eligible school.

You (the parent, grandparent, guardian, or sponsor) can apply for Ascent’s parent student loan by submitting your application and providing information such as your name, address, date of birth, and employment information. You’ll also need to provide basic information about your student such as the school they’re attending.

Once your completed loan application is approved, you'll review your loan details and select the loan terms that work best for you. After choosing your loan terms, you must complete any loan application tasks in your Ascent portal. When your tasks are complete, we’ll send your loan for school certification. Once certified, we’ll disburse the funds directly to the school.

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When you apply for an Ascent parent student loan, you’ll need to provide information such as your name, address, date of birth, and employment information. You’ll also need to provide basic information about your student such as the school they’re attending.

After applying, be sure to check your Ascent portal for any application tasks you must complete to keep your loan application moving along. 

Parents, grandparents, guardians, or sponsors of an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an eligible school can apply for Ascent’s parent student loan. Eligible borrowers must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with an eligible student who is enrolled less than half-time, half-time or full-time at a degree-granting, Title IV, Ascent eligible school
  • Meet the minimum credit score and income requirements

The difference between cosigning a student loan and taking out a parent loan revolves around the party financially responsible for paying back the loan. When you cosign a student loan, the cosigner agrees to take equal responsibility for repaying the loan, along with the student borrower. When you take out a parent student loan, (you) the parent, grandparent, guardian or sponsor, are solely responsible for repaying the loan.

No. Not all schools are eligible to certify a Parent Loan. Parents, guardians, grandparents, or sponsors should confirm with their student's school if their school is able to certify a Parent Loan.