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LOAN FEATURES


 

bullet point one   Fixed or Variable Rate

bullet point two   Multiple Repayment Options

bullet point three   An interest rate reduction for
        using auto-debit during repayment

bullet point four   A cosigner release option

Fixed Rates

3.49% – 6.64% APR

Variable Rates

Returning mid-December


*The lowest stated rate includes an auto-debit reduction of 0.25%.

APPLYING IS SIMPLE


 
step one

Apply Online


Enter your information and consider applying with a cosigner.

step two

Choose Your Option


Choose a fixed or variable rate and a repayment option that is best for you.

step three

Sign and Accept


Review and sign your application and upload any supporting documents.

COLLEGE FINANCIAL PLANNING & LOAN COMPARISON TOOL


ASLA is committed to helping you and your family make informed and responsible college financing decisions. Our College Finance Planner will help you understand college costs at undergraduate institutions so you can make a decision that's right for your family.

REPAYMENT PLANS


The Arkansas Education Loan offers three repayment options so that you can choose what works best for your financial situation.

It is important to understand how much you owe in principal on your loan versus how much you owe in interest. The type of repayment plan you select can significantly impact the amount of interest you pay over the life of the loan. You can calculate the numbers yourself using this Student Loan Repayment Calculator.

repayment option comparison graph

Immediate Payment Option

In College You Pay... After College You Pay...
Principal & Interest Principal & Interest
   
 

Pay Now

   Requires monthly payments of principal and interest while you’re in school. This option will save you money!

Interest-Only Payment Option

In College You Pay... After College You Pay...
Interest Payments Principal & Interest
   
 

Pay Interest During School

   Requires monthly interest payments while you’re in school and during the separation period.

Deferred Payment Option

In College You Pay... After College You Pay...
No Payments Principal & Interest
   
 

Pay After Leaving School

   Postpone payments until after you graduate, leave school or drop below half-time enrollment and feature a six-month separation period during which no payments are required. You will pay more overall due to the interest accrual during college and a longer repayment term.

Repayment Benefit


Interest-Rate Reduction

Earn a 0.25% interest rate reduction on your Arkansas Education Loan by making auto-debit payments when you begin principal and interest payments.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Yes, you are required to be an Arkansas resident or attend school in Arkansas. You are eligible to receive an Arkansas Education Loan if you are from another state attending school in Arkansas or if you are an Arkansas resident attending school outside of Arkansas.

Consider federal student loans first. When you apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA, your school will possibly include federal student loans as part of your aid package. If there is a need to access additional funds to assist with college expenses, you and your family should consider Arkansas Education Loans.

To be eligible for an Arkansas Education Student Loan, you must:

  • Be of majority age (e.g., at least 18 years old in Arkansas) pursuant to applicable law at the time of application or be an emancipated minor.
  • Not have defaulted on any private or government student loan.
  • Be attending any eligible nonprofit, Title IV eligible, degree-granting, accredited college or university.
  • Be accepted, enrolled or attending on at least a half-time basis, as defined by the school, and be making satisfactory academic progress in an eligible education program.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Cosigners must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must reside in the United States. Military addresses are considered U.S. addresses if designated as an APO or FPO.

 

To qualify for the Arkansas Education Student Loan, you or your cosigners must have:

  • Monthly payments for approved credit (mortgages, rent, car loans, credit cards and other forms of credit, including the loan for which the student has submitted an application) that do not exceed 40% of gross monthly income (if a mortgage or rent is not included, debt-to-income ratio cannot exceed 25%). All student loan debt will be treated as though it is in repayment.
  • A FICO score of at least 670. (The FICO score used is the TransUnion FICO Score 4, which is based on data from TransUnion and may be different from other credit scores. FICO is a registered trademark of the Fair Isaac Corporation.)
  • Continuous employment over the last two years. (This requirement may be waived for retirees, disabled persons or those receiving a verified income.)
  • No more than two accounts reporting 30-day delinquencies and no delinquencies of 60 days or more during the previous two years.
  • No charge-offs, repossessions, collection accounts, judgments, foreclosures, garnishments by credit providers or tax liens.
  • No previous bankruptcies.
  • Not defaulted on any private or government student loan.

 

Arkansas Education Loan borrowers can release their cosigners from payment obligations:

  • After 48 consecutive monthly principal and interest payments are received on time.
  • If the borrower meets the underwriting and credit criteria at the time the cosigner release is requested.

 

The Arkansas Education Student Loan must be:

  • No more than the cost of attendance minus other aid annually.
  • At least $1,001.
  • No more than $100,000 cumulative.

 

Use the Student Loan Repayment Calculator to estimate how much your monthly payment will be once you start repayment.

 

  • Immediate Payment Plan – payments will begin after the loan is fully disbursed.
  • Interest-Only Payment Plan – payments of interest will begin immediately after the first loan disbursement. 
  • Deferred Payment Plan – payments will be postponed until after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment.

 

You may earn a 0.25% interest rate reduction on your Arkansas Education Student Loan by making auto-debit payments when you begin principal and interest repayment.

Interest capitalizes (interest is added to your principal balance) at:

  • The end of any qualifying deferment period for all loan options.
  • The start of repayment status for loans that do not require principal and interest or interest-only payments while the borrower is enrolled and during the separation period.
  • The final disbursement of loans that require monthly principal and interest payments while the borrower is enrolled in school and that have more than one disbursement.

 

You may qualify for assistance based on your situation. Please call us as soon as possible if you experience issues, so we can help you avoid delinquency.

In the unfortunate event of a borrower’s death or qualifying total and permanent disability, Arkansas Student Loan Authority will forgive the loan and not require cosigners or the borrower’s estate to satisfy the loan obligation. A tax professional or the IRS can provide additional information about possible tax consequences of loan forgiveness.

No; in the event of a cosigner’s death or qualifying total and permanent disability, you will not be required to find a new cosigner for an existing loan. In addition, if a cosigner suffers a qualifying total and permanent disability, Arkansas Student Loan Authority will release the cosigner from his or her obligation.

Customer service for all loans offered by Arkansas Student Loan Authority will be provided by Aspire Servicing Center. ASLA will remain the owner of your loan.

 

  • The Interest-Only Payment Plan features a six-month grace period once you graduate, leave school or drop below half-time enrollment. Interest only payments are required during the six-month grace period. Your regular principal and interest payments begin after the six-month grace period. 
  • The Deferred Payment Plan features a six-month grace period during which no payments are required. You may make payments during the in-school or grace period, however, payments are not required.