Private Loans

Students who are eligible for federal student aid should complete the FAFSA and exhaust all federal, state and university aid options, including federal loans, before applying for a private loan. It should be noted that prospective borrowers may qualify for loans or other assistance under Title IV, HEA programs. Federal student loans generally have more favorable terms and conditions than private loans. We recommend that you utilize all federal loan eligibility before turning to a private loan.

Please visit Saint Leo University’s FASTChoice web tool to view a list of preferred lenders. FASTChoice is not a lender; it is an independent, online loan comparison program. This interactive program provides loan counseling and basic information about borrowing for students interested in private lender options. Students can apply online for loans directly from this site. Students are free to select any lender they choose, including those not presented through FASTChoice.

Click here to begin your private loan selection process.

Private Loan Self-Certification Form

Click here to download a Private Loan Self-Certification Form.

To receive private education loan funds, the borrower must submit a self-certification form to the lender. Do not submit the form to Saint Leo University.

Be sure to contact the lender to inquire about any additional requirements that may be needed before your loan funds can be disbursed.

If you haven't already applied for federal and state financial aid, you're encouraged to do so by completing the FAFSA.