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LelaCHOICE Parent Loan Details

The LelaCHOICE Parent Loan is a private loan option for parents and others who wish to help undergraduate and graduate students with college costs. Applicants who do not meet the underwriting and credit criteria on their own may apply with cosigners. Students cannot apply for or cosign an application for the LelaCHOICE Parent Loan. The student has no obligation to repay this loan, and it is not transferrable to the student after he or she leaves school.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this private education loan, you must:

  • Be a Louisiana resident or be applying for a loan for a student attending an eligible Louisiana college or
  • Be of majority age pursuant to applicable law at the time of
  • Not have defaulted on any private or government student
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United Cosigners must be citizens 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.

The student for whom the funds are being requested must:

  • Be accepted, enrolled or attending a nonprofit, Title IV eligible, degree-granting, accredited college or university on at least a half-time basis, as defined by the
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress in an eligible education
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United
  • Complete a Student Authorization

Underwriting Criteria

To qualify for the LelaCHOICE Parent Loan, you or your cosigners must have:

  • Monthly payments for approved credit (mortgages, rent, car loans, credit cards and other forms of credit, including this loan 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
  • Continuous employmentover the last two (This requirement may be waived for retirees, disabledpersons or those receiving a verified income.)
  • A FICO score of at least (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.)
  • No more than two accounts reporting 30-day delinquencies and no delinquencies of 60 days or more during the previous two
  • No charge-offs, repossessions, collection accounts, judgments, foreclosures, garnishments by credit providers or tax
  • No previous
  • Not defaulted on any private or government student

Note: For joint cosigned loans, at least one cosigner must meet all credit underwriting criteria with the exception of the debt-to- income ratio, which the cosigners may combine debt and income to calculate the debt-to-income ratio. For loans with only one cosigner, either the applicant or cosigner must meet all credit underwriting criteria with the exception of the debt-to-income ratio, which the applicant and cosigner may combine debt and income to calculate the debt-to-income ratio.

Change Notice: Please note that the list of criteria above may not be exhaustive. Lela may require you or your cosigners to meet additional criteria in order to qualify for a loan. Lela reserves the right to change the list of criteria in any way from time to time without notice.


Repayment Benefits

As a LelaCHOICE Parent Loan borrower, you can earn a 0.25% interest rate reduction1 when you sign up to have monthly payments automatically withdrawn.

1 The 0.25% interest rate reduction will apply once principal and interest payments begin to be automatically deducted and will remain in effect as long as automatic payments continue without interruption during the repayment period. The 0.25% interest rate reduction will notlower the monthly payment amount but will instead reduce the interest amount that accrues. The interest rate reduction will be suspended during approved forbearance(s) or if automatic payments are rejected due to insufficient funds.

Please note: Aspire Servicing Center has a contractual relationship with the Louisiana Education Loan Authority (Lela) wherein Aspire Servicing Center performs certain private student loan (private loan) services for Lela.


Loan Repayment Choices and Details

With the LelaCHOICE Parent Loan, you choose when to start making payments.

The Immediate Payment option features our lowest rates. This option:

  • Requires monthly principal and interest payments once the loan is fully
  • Has a 10-year principal and interest repayment period The Interest-Only Payment option:
  • Requires monthly interest payments once the loan is first
  • Features a six-month separation period, during which interest-only payments are required, after the student for whom the funds were borrowed graduates, drops below half-time enrollment or leaves
  • Has a 10-year principal and interest repayment period The Deferred Payment option:
  • Postpones repayment until after the student for whom the funds were borrowed graduates, leaves school or drops below half-time
  • Features a six-month separation period with no required
  • Has a15-year principal and interest repayment period

In addition, unlike some lenders, Lela never capitalizes interest during repayment. That means you never pay interest on interest and can mean lower costs if you need to use forbearance to postpone payments at any point.

For more information, view the detailed examples on the following pages.


Loan Limit Amounts

The LelaCHOICE Parent Loan must be:

  • No more than the cost of attendance minus other aid
  • No more than $200,000
  • At least $1,001.

The LelaCHOICE Parent Loan is subject to credit approval.
Change Notice: Lela reserves the right to change the program in any way from time to time without notice.

View a detailed list of Annual Percentage Rate (APR) examples for all options here.