Can students who are Non-U.S. citizens apply for an Ascent college loan?

Yes. Non-U.S. citizens who meet certain eligibility criteria can apply for an Ascent college or bootcamp loan. Please see the required documentation and cosigner requirements below.

Permanent Resident

Required Documents:

  • Unexpired Permanent Resident Card (If expired, provide extension letter)
  • Social Security Card

Cosigner requirements: You can apply as a solo applicant, or with a U.S Citizen or U.S Permanent Resident Cosigner

Temporary Resident:

Required Documents:

  • Unexpired VISA with an acceptable category as follows:F-1, F-3, G-1, H-1B, H-1C, H-2B, H-3, J-1, L-1, M-1, M-3, T-1, TN
  • Social Security Card

The following documents may also be submitted in lieu of a VISA and Social Security Card

  • I-20 Form (pages 1 & 2 signed) (if applicable)
  • Unexpired Passport from country of origin

  • *Temporary Protected Status:

Cosigner requirements: You can apply with a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident cosigner.


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):

Required Documents:

  • Unexpired Employment Authorization Card with your name and a C33 category code
    • If expired or in process we need a Form I-797, Notice of Action or written notice of DACA and employment authorization
  • Social Security Card

Cosigner requirements: You can apply as a solo applicant, or with a U.S Citizen or U.S Permanent Resident Cosigner


NOTE: The option to apply to release the cosigner after making twelve (12) consecutive full principal and interest payments on-time or an equivalent prepayment amount while also meeting the other eligibility criteria to qualify is only available to student borrowers that are U.S. citizens or have U.S. permanent resident status or DACA status. (See FAQ, “Can I eventually remove the cosigner from my loan?”)

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