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