We offer this advice when families are seeking financing options:

  • Explore the monthly payment plan for short-term financing.
  • If you must borrow, take full advantage of federal student and parent loans ahead of private loan programs, as they may have more favorable terms.
  • All private education loans not certified by Lafayette must be reported to our office so that we may account for that funding in the financial aid package.
  • Be cautious about unsolicited loan offers from direct-to-consumer marketing.
  • You may choose any lender, but make sure you do your research.

Tuition Payment Plan

A payment plan is available to students who would prefer to pay in monthly installments. For a nominal fee, you will be able to enroll in two separate four-month term-based plans.

For more information, visit finadmin.lafayette.edu or contact the Student Accounts office at (610) 330-5145.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans

Students who do not qualify for the Subsidized portion of Federal Direct Loans may still apply and borrow under the Unsubsidized program. Interest begins to accrue from the time the loan is disbursed. Students who do qualify for Subsidized funding may also be eligible to borrow additional Unsubsidized funding.

To request your Federal Direct Loan eligibility that does not appear in your financial aid award, please complete this form

A 1.057 percent fee will be proportionately deducted by the government from each loan disbursement. Repayment begins six months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half time. For loans disbursed in the 2023-24 academic year, the interest on both Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans is 5.50 percent.

These student loans are available to any student who has filed a FAFSA for the requested academic year.

Read more about student loans for information on loan limits, how to apply, disbursements, and repayment.

Federal Direct PLUS Loans for Parents

Parents who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States may borrow up to the total cost of education, less any financial aid, through the PLUS program. Many parents find this a useful way to finance some or all college expenses. Parents do not need to qualify for need-based financial aid to participate in this program but the student is required to have a FAFSA on file. When determining loan amounts, keep in mind that a fee of 4.228 percent will be proportionately deducted by the government.

Read more about Parent Loans for information on how to apply, disbursements, and repayment.

Alternative Loan Sources

Students and parents sometimes wish to borrow non-federal education loans, called “private loans” or “alternative loans,” to help with remaining college expenses.

Numerous lending institutions offer private education loans, which may be combined with institutional, federal, and state financial aid up to the cost of attendance. These loans usually require a credit-worthy cosigner.

Lafayette maintains a list of the lenders our students have used over the past three years that still offer educational loans. Please note that this list is not inclusive or an endorsement of any specific lender or product.

Access the lender list for private education loans.