One of the biggest issues that students face when entering college even with financial grants or aid is apart from room and board is transportation. If you have to commute fairly long distances then this problem is even more aggravated. Many students in such situations start to wonder if they can use their student loan funds towards buying a car. Now the short answer to the questions is yes, you can buy a car with your student loan or financial aid but there are a few conditions that you have to first meet.
Remember the main reason the government or a private lender gives you money in the form of a student loan or grant is for your educational needs. The expectation is that you will be using these funds to further your education. Therefore most of your loan money must be used for your tuition and other college related expenses. If you have any left over money from your grant or loan then you have the option to consider how to best use this money.
Again, let me be clear, you cannot use these funds in any other manner but for your education. Now a car can be considered a legitimate expense if it is for the purpose of commuting to your school. Buying a car, buying a laptop and other school related supplies can be valid reasons for your left over funds. The crucial point to note here is “left over funds from your student loan“. The main usage of your student loan must be for your tuition. Infact in most cases your federal loan or grant money is handed over to your college. The college or university once they deduct all your expenses will hand over any left over or remaining funds from your student loan back to you and this again as explained above is expected to be used on expenses that are directly related and for furthering your education.
I hope this answers your question regarding using your student loan money to buy a car. We’ve had many questions around this subject and infact have another article that talks about the same question. As usual I’m listing a few questions we get around this subject.
- “Can I buy a cheap and used car using my student loans“
- “Can I use my pell grant to buy a car”
- “I will be starting college this fall. I really need a car. There are ways for me to get to school other than my own car but they are not practical on an everyday basis. My financial aid is paying for my tuition completely. I was wondering if i could use my student loan to cover the costs of getting a car”
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