Getting a student loan or pell grant or any of the other federal grants from a different state seem to be on the mind of a lot of students. We get many questions around this topic and thought we should make it clear. It is fantastics that you are considering an out of state college or simply trying to determine if there are any restrictions to loans or grants from a lending institution or body that is out of state.
Simple answer is no, there are no restrictions. Let’s dive in a little deeper. All federal aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins Loan, Stafford Loan or the Parent PLUS loans are aid programs run by the federal government and hence there are no restrictions on applying as long as you are a US Citizen.
Next, private student loans. Private student loans from financial institutions such as banks also do not have any in state requirements. While there are other eligibility criteria such as a good credit score, credit history and good credit worthiness and as long as you are an US citizen you should be eligible for a private student loan. If you do not meet the credit score requirements you can still manage to get student loan if you apply for a loan with a co-signer.
When it comes to certain category of scholarships the picture might be slightly different. While many scholarships do not restrict potential candidates based on state location, there are quite a few that do. For example, here are a list of Arizona scholarships.
We get many questions around this topic and I hope the above answered the question effectively. I’m listing a typical question around this subject below.
“I live in Missouri, and owe for a student loan already. I desperately want to return to school and need a loan to do that. I have several friends that are telling me they are going back to school, and owe for a past loan too. When I tried to apply, it asked me to pay money to show if I am even eligible. I have no problem paying that, but am just curious if it’s possible at all to get a student loan through another state.“
“I want to take the online classes … the course I really want to take is not offered online through the state of Missouri, so I have to choose something else, BUT, it is offered online through the state of Kansas… can I do the classes for Kansas instead or do I have to be a resident of that state, even for the student loan/pell grant?“
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