How Can I Find a Preferred Lender?

Ask the school's financial aid office for a preferred lender list

You've exhausted all the options for scholarships, grants, and Federal student loans. If you're turning your attention to shopping for the right private loans to cover the rest of your child's anticipated college costs, starting with a preferred lender list can help.

What is a preferred lender?

Preferred lenders are institutions that have demonstrated a strong commitment to servicing the business of that college or university, and thus have earned its recommendation. They're chosen by various schools on the basis of their strength in such areas as:

  • Prompt and knowledgeable customer service (perhaps including assigning a representative dedicated to the particular institution)
  • Ease of application process
  • Technical support on loans
  • Fast, simple approval processes

Citizens Bank, which has specialized in student lending for many years, is proud to have earned a place on the preferred lender list for more than 300 colleges and universities around the country. These are institutions that have a track record of working with our bank.

When it comes time to choose schools for your son or daughter, check with your lender or research student loan lenders such as Citizens Bank. Your school is required to process student loans from any lender you choose.

Learn more about financing options from a preferred lender, Citizens Bank

You can find helpful information about financing options from Citizens Bank for students and parents. Answer frequently asked student loan questions with our helpful online resources. Find additional student financing resources for students and parents and get helpful information about our Citizens Bank Student Loan™. If you still have questions, call a student loan specialist at 1-888-411-0266, and we'll help walk you through the financing process.

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