HOW MUCH CAN I BORROW AND FOR WHAT SPECIFIC USES?

For the Data Science program, you may borrow from $2,000 to $14,500 for tuition. You may also borrow up to $10,000 for cost of living.

Please note: In order to finance cost of living, borrow at least $2,000 in tuition financing. You will pay your cash deposit directly to Metis

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY LIVING STIPEND?

Your lump sum living stipend will be sent to you on the second Wednesday after your program start. You can elect to have your cost of living disbursed via electronic funds transfer or mailed directly to the address provided in their loan application.

Please allow 1 - 5 business days for your electronic funds transfer to be reflected in your bank account. For all students who elect to have funds mailed to their address, please allow 5 - 10 business days for your check to arrive via U.S. Standard Mail.

HOW AND WHEN WILL I REPAY MY LOAN?

Upon loan acceptance, we will provide you with several options for making payments, including automated payments. You may create an account at AspireServicingCenter.com at any time to manage payments and account balance.

  • Interest-Only Loans: You will start paying interest on your loan roughly one month after your loan is disbursed to the school. Disbursement occurs on the second Wednesday after program start. You will make interest-only payments while in program and for 60-days following program completion.
  • Deferred-Type Loans: You will make no payments while in program and for 60-days following program completion.

WHAT IS THE DEFERMENT PERIOD?

The deferment period is defined as the time you are attending the course, plus an additional two months after program completion. These additional two months are considered your grace period.

Depending on loan type, either no or interest-only payments are required during the deferment period. After the deferment period ends, payments of interest and principal are required.

  • Interest-Only Loans: Interest-only payments are required during the deferment period. After the deferment period ends, payments of interest and principal are required. Paying interest on your loan during the deferment period will result in lower interest + principal payments during the full loan repayment phase of 36 or 60 months.
  • Deferred-Type Loans: These loans require zero ($0) payments during the deferment period. After the deferment period ends, payments of interest and principal are required. For deferred-type loans, the interest is capitalized at the end of the deferment period, and interest + principal payments in the full loan repayment phase of 36 or 60 months will be slightly higher than an interest-only loan type.

HOW MUCH ARE INTEREST PAYMENTS DURING THE DEFERMENT PERIOD?

Payments during the deferment period depend on the type of loan you choose:

  • Interest-Only Loans: For a 36-month $10,000 loan, the interest only monthly payment is approximately $73.58. For a 60-month $10,000 loan, the interest only monthly payment is approximately $90.91. For interest rates and other terms, please see "More Info On Terms" above.
  • Deferred-Type Loans: These loans require zero ($0) payments during the deferment period. With deferred-type loans, the simple interest generated every month accrues and is capitalized into your loan principal at the end of this period. This results in slightly higher interest + principal payments in the full loan repayment phase of 36 or 60 months than an interest-only loan type.

Please note: The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) shown is estimated based on the loan type, origination fee, and approximate program length. The actual APR may be slightly different than the example provided based on loan type and program length. To learn how an Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is calculated, visit our blog.

WILL I GET CHARGED ANY FEES FOR TAKING OUT THIS LOAN?

You will be charged an origination fee of 4.0%. This amount will be added to the amount you borrow and included in the total loan principal amount you finance. This fee helps cover the administrative fees associated with originating the loan and is charged by our partner bank. Please see terms in "More Info on Terms" above.

Please note: This fee is already reflected in the APR outlined above and in the loan calculator. Interested in learning more about your interest rate vs. APR? Check out our blog post here.

I AM APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP. SHOULD I WAIT TO APPLY FOR FINANCING?

You may apply for financing in parallel to applying for your scholarship. If you are awarded your scholarship prior to the disbursement of your financing, please email CustomerTrust@Skills.Fund or notify your Admissions Counselor with the amount of your scholarship, and your requested financing amount will be downward adjusted.

Should you receive your scholarship following the second Wednesday after program start, you can apply your funds to your loan balance at any time without a prepayment penalty.

Please note: Should you want to apply for a scholarship, it is recommended to apply for max tuition financing, and once your scholarship is awarded, Skills Fund can downward adjust your requested tuition financing. This may prevent you having to apply for additional funds, should you not be awarded your scholarship, as loans may not be upward adjusted.

DO I NEED A COSIGNER?

If you do not meet the loan underwriting criteria, a cosigner may be needed. You can (1) apply individually, and should you not be approved, you may be given the opportunity to amend your application with a cosigner, or (2) initiate your loan process with a cosigner.

Please note: We advise you to apply individually to begin, and should you not be credit approved, you may be given the opportunity to amend your application with a cosigner.

WHEN CAN I APPLY FOR A LOAN?

Apply for the loan after your acceptance into a program. Your program cohort must begin within 90 days of the date that you apply for a loan.

WHAT INFORMATION DO I NEED TO PROVIDE SKILLS FUND?

During the loan application process, we will ask you for the following information:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Email and other contact information
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Loan amount requested
  • U.S. Citizenship/Permanent Resident Status
  • Current Income (not a factor in credit decision)
  • Current Employment Status (not a factor in credit decision)
  • Three personal references
  • Cosigner information (if applicable)

WILL YOU CHECK MY CREDIT?

Yes. When you apply we will check your credit, including your credit score. Interested in learning more about what goes into your credit score? Visit our blog and explore our credit history resources today.