Iowa Student Loans

Iowa Student loans have a history of supporting more than 392,500 students to pay for college. Do you want to be the next one to get this support? If yes, then read on the features of Iowa Student loans, eligibility, requirements and more.

Updated by Theres Ann on 17th August 2019

Iowa lender is a private, non-profit lender that help the students and families obtain the resources that are necessary to succeed and finance post-secondary education. The form has till-date helped more than 392,500 students to pay for college. Scholarships and programs are offered for Iowa families and the private student loans are offered for students who couldn’t manage with the federal loans that they had.

The local economy was supported to maintain and grow jobs and also provide competitive salaries and benefits. More than 200 people are employed with the subsidiaries and also manages $2.6 billion in student loans.

Three different private education loan options are offered by Iowa. These loans would help you to manage the expenses of your college or offer to refinance existing student loan debt. Private loans are anyway subjected to credit approval.


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Partnership Loan

Partnership Advance Education Loan helps to supplement your already available financial aid for a college education. All available routes of financial aid should be explored before you try for a partnership loan. These loans have been used by more than 100,000 students to pay for college.

In the case of a partnership loan, a supplemental private loan may be needed. Partnership loan is a type of private student loan. The student is the borrower and one or more co-signers are often needed.

If the underwriting and credit criteria are available for the student, then he/she wouldn’t have to provide co-signers. Iowa students attending colleges and universities across the country along with students attending Iowa Schools from any state can avail partnership loans.

Payments from Iowa Partnership loan 

For full payments, you can select the immediate payment tab. The interest-only-payment tab is selected for interest-only payments. The deferred payment tab is selected in the case of non-payment of loans.

The lowest interest rate is available in the case of immediate payments. Regular on-time payments are to be made during in-school times prevents the loans from increasing in income. Thus, it would be required to make monthly payments of principal and interest in the immediate times. A 10-year or 120-month principal and repayment period should be available.

What happens if loans become delinquent 

If the borrowers exhibit delinquency during the repayment period then there is a possibility that the future reimbursements and loans may be suspended.

If in case a partnership loan of $1,000 or less is the resultant of pre-disbursement loan cancellation, then the maximum principal and interest repayment term is 37 months. FICO is a registered trademark of Fair Isaac Corporation and is used for different credit scores.

How is APR affected? 

The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) varies based on the varying fixed interest rate for the 120-month principal and interest repayment plan. The loan rate is subjected to increase after consummation.

The rate will however not exceed 18.00%. By adding the 3-month index rate to 3.30%, the current index rate is calculated. When the three-month index is added to the existing interest percentages, then the current interest rate is calculated.  


Lower interest rates than Deferred payment loans are featured by Interest Only Payments. An increase in loan balance can be prevented by regular and on-time interest-only payments during the in-school period. Monthly interest payments are to be made immediately after the loan is first disbursed.

The six-month separation period feature helps you to make interest-only payments before the principal and interest payments happen. Deferred payment options help in postponing the repayment until you graduate, leave school or drop below half time enrollment.

Even the deferred payment has options to postpone your repayment until you graduate, leave school or drop below half time enrollment. Deferred payment has a 15-year principal and interest repayment period. The rate is subject to increase after consummation. The examples are based on quarterly interest rates from April 1- June 30, 2019.


Benefits of the partnership loan programs 

  • Interest rate reduction -  A 0.25% interest rate reduction can be earned when the borrowers sign-up to have principle and interest rates automatically withdrawn.

  • Release of co-signers - Co-signers can be released by Partnership borrowers after the first 24 on-time consecutive monthly principal and interest payments. After the underwriting and credit criteria are received at the time when the cosigner credit is requested. 


Armed Forces Interest Reduction

Military families make a lot of sacrifices and these sacrifices are appreciated by the organization. Iowa Student Loan Armed Forces Interest Reduction Program offers to assist service members with the student loan.

If in case the borrower undergoes death, total or permanent disability, the lender would forgive the student loan and would not require the cosigners or borrowers to satisfy the loan obligation. The co-signer would be released from his or her obligation if he/she suffers a qualifying or permanent disability.

The borrower would not have to find a new co-signer, if in case of disability or death of a co-signer.

Eligibility Requirements of Partnership Loan

The eligibility criteria for a partnership loan are given below.

  • The applicant must be of the majority age and pursuant to the applicable law at the time of application. A student who is not of the majority age can also apply with an eligible co-signer.

  • The student shouldn’t have defaulted on private or government loan.

  • The applicant should be a resident of Iowa.

  • The applicant should be attending a Title IV eligible, degree-granting accredited college, university or non-profit school of nursing approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

  • If in case the applicant is a non-resident of Iowa, he/she should be attending a non-profit, Title IV eligible, degree-granting institution, accredited Iowa College or university or non-profit school of nursing approved by Iowa Board of Nursing.

  • The candidate should be accepted, enrolled or attending at least on a half-time basis, as defined by the school and be making satisfiable academic progress in an eligible education program.

  • The borrower should be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. The co-signers should also be the citizens or permanent residents of the United States. If you are designated as an APO or FPO, military addresses are considered as US addresses.

Underwriting criteria for a Partnership loan

In order to qualify for a partnership loan, you need to qualify for the below conditions including.

  • Monthly payments for approved credit do not exceed 40% of the gross monthly income. Student debt will be treated as though it is in repayment.

  • Continuous employment is awarded for the last two years.

  • A FICO score of at least 670 is granted. FICO is a registered trademark of the Fair Isaac Corporation.

  • 30-day delinquencies are not more than two accounts. There are no delinquencies of 60 days or more during the previous two years.

  • Charge-offs, repossessions, collection accounts, judgments, foreclosures, garnishments, by credit providers or tax liens are not allowed.

  • There should not be any previous bankruptcies.

  • The student should not have defaulted on any private or government student loan.

Loan Limit for a Partnership loan

Loan limit should be not more than the cost of attendance minus other aid annually.

The capitalization of interest happens at the end of any qualifying deferment period for all the loan options. Interest also capitalizes at the start of repayment status of loans, that do not require principal and interest or interest-only payments while the borrower is enrolled or during the separation period.

Final disbursement of loans seeks monthly principal and interest payments as the borrower is enrolled in school and has more than one disbursement.


College Family Loan

To help undergraduate and graduate students with their college costs, Iowa offers private loan options for parents, family members, and the others. In order to make full payments, the Immediate Payments tab is selected. For interest payments, the Interest-Only Tab is selected. The Deferred Payment Tab is selected for No payments.

For immediate monthly payments of College Family Loan, principal and interest payment should be made immediately, while a student is still enrolled in college, once the loan is fully disbursed. The college family loan has a 10-year principal and interest repayment period.

Interest on Interest Only Feature of College Family Loan features lower interest rates than the deferred payment loans. An increase in loan balance can be prevented by regular, on-time interest-only payments, especially during the in-school period. Immediate payment has a 10-year principal and interest repayment period.

For Deferred Payment under the College Family Plan, repayment is postponed until your student graduates, leaves the school or drops the school before the half-time enrollment. During the six month separation period, no payments are to be required to be made. A 15-year principal and interest repayment period are available for repayment of the entire amount.

If the borrowers choose autopay, a 0.25% interest rate is deducted. Armed Forces Interest Reduction is available to help the military service members receive assistance with their loans. If the borrower suffers death or permanent disability, then the loan is discharged.

If in case the co-signer suffers death or permanent disability, the cosigner will be released from the loan obligation. The borrower would also not have to find another cosigner to sign for the loan in case of any mishappenings of the co-signer.


Eligibility criteria for College Family Loan

The necessary conditions to be eligible to apply for College Family Loans are given below.

  • The borrower shouldn’t have defaulted on any private or government student loan.

  • Should be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. Cosigners should also be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. If the designation is received as APO or FPO, the military addresses are considered as US addresses.

  • The borrower should belong to the majority applicant category or should be an emancipated minor. If the applicant is not of the majority age, then he can apply with a cosigner as well.

  • The student who is entitled to the loan should be accepted, enrolled, or should attend a non-profit Title IV eligible, degree-granting, accredited college and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, at least on a half a time basis.

  • Must exhibit satisfactory academic progress in an eligible education program.

  • He/she should also be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.

  • Must complete a student authorization form.


Underwriting criteria for College Family Loan

The underwriting criteria for College Family Loans are given below.

  • Monthly payments are granted for approved credit by the Cosigners. This does not exceed 40% of the gross monthly income. Student debt will be treated as though it is in repayment.

  • The co-signer should continuously be employed for the last two years. Exceptions, in this case, are offered for retirees, disabled persons, or those that receive verifiable income.

  • A 670 FICO score is also essential.

  • More than two accounts do not report 30-day delinquencies and no delinquencies or more during the 60 days are also offered.

  • Collection accounts, charge offs, repositions, foreclosures, garnishments, and judgments are made by credit providers or tax liens.

  • The cosigner must have no previous bankruptcies.

  • The cosigner should also not have any private or government student loan.

  • Loan limits must be not more than the cost of attendance minus the other aid annually.

  • Capitalization of interest happens at the end of qualifying deferment period of all the loan options.

  • Interest is also capitalized at the start of repayment status for loans and does not require principal and interest or interest-only payments, while the student is enrolled and during the period of separation.

  • During the final disbursement of loans also the interest capitalizes.

Federal Loan Information - Information based on the Federal loan varies based on the type of loan and the time it originated. For specific loan information, your federal loan financer the current federal loan servicer can be contacted.


Reset Refinance Loan

If high-interest rates are levied on your loan, then Reset loan is the best option for you. Fixed interest rates along with multiple repayment options and an interest rate reduction benefit are offered by Reset Loans. Creditworthy borrowers use Reset loans.

If the applicants do not meet underwriting and credit criteria on their own, they can apply with the help of a cosigner.

Both the borrowers and the co-signer should not have defaulted on their private or government student loans. Moreover, borrowers and co-signers must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Eligibility criteria to qualify for Reset Refinance Loans

In order to qualify for reset loans, these are the eligibility criteria that must be followed. 

  • The co-signers must have monthly payments for approved credits. The approved credit includes mortgage, rent, car loans, credit cards and other forms of credit.

  • A FICO score of at least 690 is also required.

  • There shouldn’t be more than two accounts that report 30-day delinquencies, during the previous two years. No delinquencies of 60 days or more should be granted.

  • Foreclosures, charge-offs, repositions, collection accounts, judgments, garnishments by credit providers or tax liens should be available.

  • They should also not have previous bankruptcies. 

Loans that are eligible for Reset Refinancing Program

Following are the types of loans that are eligible for a Reset.

  • Federal loans which are included under William D Ford Direct Loan are offered. Undergraduate and Graduate, Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans are available for students.

  • Parents or graduate/professional students take Parent PLUS and Grad PLUS Loans.

  • Private Education Loans are also offered.

  • Educational loans that were previously refinanced or consolidated.

Rest Refinancing Loan Limits

The loan must not be more than $300,000. The loan should at least be $5,000.

The benefits available to the Reset Loan Borrowers are given below.

  • An autopay option helps in 0.25% interest rate reduction.

  • The recognition is made to the sacrifices of the Armed Forces by the members of the military and their families. Iowa Student Loan Armed Forces Interest Reduction Program is offered to assist service members with student loans.

  • If in case the borrower dies or is permanently disabled, the loan would be forgiven by Iowa and the cosigner’s or borrower’s estate to satisfy the loan obligation.

  • If in case the co-signer is dead or is disabled, he or she also wouldn’t be held responsible to pay off the loan. A borrower would not need to find a new co-signer for an existing loan.


State of Iowa student loans

Some of the profession-based loan repayment programs are given below.

The Iowa Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator Loan Forgiveness Programs are available for Nursing students. These programs were intended to bring working professionals into the state’s health industry.

Stafford loans can be paid back using the State’s Iowa Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Programs. If you serve in an under-served school in the state, you can qualify for up to 20% loan forgiveness for each year of teaching service.

Partnership advance education loan is available in five options 

Fixed-Rate Option 1 -  An origination fee of 0% with a fixed interest rate of 7.75% is offered. Payments offered, however, interest only. The separation period is almost 10 months. Principal and repayment term is 15 years.

For Fixed-Rate Option 2 - The origination fee is 0% where the interest rate is 7.85%. Interest-only payments are granted during enrollment and separation period. The separation period is 8 months. The principal and interest repayment term are 15 years. Fixed-rate option 3 has an origination fee of 4% at an interest rate of 7.90%.

Payments are not required during separation and enrollment period. The separation period is 6 months. The principal and interest repayment term are 18 years. For variable rate option 4, the origination fee is 0% whereas the interest rate is 4.25%+ 3-month LIBOR index.

The separation period for the loan is 10 months. The principal and interest repayment term are 10 years.

For variable rate option 1- The origination fee is 4% and the interest rate is 4.35% added to a 3-month Liber index. No payments are required during the enrollment or separation period. The separation period is 6 months. The principal and interest repayment term are 15 years.

Loans offered by educational institutions to assist their students are known as institutional loans. For better information on loans, you’ll have to contact the college or the university. The time when interest will accrue on your loans will also be studied.


FAQ's

  Is Iowa student loan a federal loan?


No. The three types of loans sponsored by Iowa Student Loan - Partnership Advance Education Loans: Partnership Loans are available to Iowa residents and non-residents. These loans require an origination fee, and interest rates are high compared with federal loans and many other private loans.

  How long does it take to certify loans?


It can take up to 6 months prior to the loan period begin date or 120 days after the loan period end date.

  What is the deferment time for the loan options that require principal and interest payments during the in-school and separation periods?


The deferment time is a maximum of 24 months.

  What is the fixed APR for the college family loan?


The fixed APR ranges from 5.30% to 6.85%.