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The first step in the financial aid process is to complete and submit the free FAFSA application for Federal Student Aid.  This form is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by calling (800) 433.3243.

If you need assistance you can go to www.studentaid.ed.gov.  Typically, this form needs to be filled out soon after Jan. 1 of your senior year of high school and before your college's financial aid priority deadline.  Deadlines from state to state do vary.  FAFSA needs to be filled out every year you want to be considered for financial aid.

The next step for help in paying for college expenses is to decide which student loan option from Cedar Falls Community Credit Union* is the best fit for you!

 

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The Smart Option Student Loan by Sallie Mae is an ideal solution to help bridge that gap between federal loans and the cost of your education expenses. We now offer competitive fixed interest rates in addition to our low variable interst rates providing even more choice and flexibility.

The Smart Option Student Loan features and benefits: 

  • Borrow up to 100% of school certified education costs (minimum $1,000)
  • Multiple in-school repayment options available
  • Borrower benefits available – like rewards and interest rate reductions
  • Rates that reward creditworthy borrowers
  • Applying with a creditworthy cosigner may help you qualify and/or receive a lower rate
  • Fast Online Application. Our easy-to-complete application takes about 15 minutes. It's quick and easy.
  • 24/7 online account management
  • No prepayment penalty
     

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We work with Iowa Student Loan to offer supplemental private loans to help you pay for college as well as refinance existing student loan debt. As an Iowa non-profit and the state’s student loan experts, Iowa Student Loan offers competitively priced loans.

The Partnership Advance Education Loan (Partnership Loan) and College Family Loan were created to help you pay college costs while you are or your student is in school.

  • The Partnership Loan is for students and their cosigners.
  • The College Family Loan is for parents, family members and others who wish to borrow on behalf of a student.

The Reset Refinance Loan can help you simplify repayment or pay lower interest costs on existing student loans after college.

With these loans, you know what you’re getting before you apply as all terms and conditions, including credit score requirements for specific rates, are provided upfront. In addition, there are no upfront origination fees and you can earn an interest rate reduction for making payments by auto-debit in repayment. Note: These loans are subject to credit approval.

About Iowa Student Loan
Iowa Student Loan was established in 1979 as a private, nonprofit corporation, and its mission is to help Iowa students and families obtain the resources necessary to succeed in postsecondary education.  

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*Cedar Falls Community Credit Union is compensated for the referral of Smart Option Student Loan customers and by Iowa Student Loan for the referral of student loan customers.