Financing Your Education through Private Student Loans
With careful use, private loans can help to bridge the gap between the cost of Extension programs/courses and your ability to pay for them.
Students have the right and the ability to select the private loan lender of their choice. We encourage you to review the lender terms and conditions and carefully consider the benefits and repayment information before choosing a lender. Please note that Extension programs and courses are not eligible for federally sponsored (Title IV) financial assistance.
The University of California Office of the President has put together a list of recommended lenders. You are not required to use any of the lenders on the list, but are simply provided for your convenience. If you have specific questions related to your credit history, the contact information for alternative loan lenders is available on the Student Loan Application Portal on the Private Lenders website.
To secure your loan for Extension you must do the following:
- In order to receive loan proceeds, you must apply to the lender directly.
- Your student loan must be certified by the Division of Professional and Continuing Education and approved by the bank at least four weeks prior to your first class meeting.
- In order for loan to be certified, please contact Student Services with your proposed courses.
- Loans are certified each term for a maximum of the total amount of course fees, $35 for the loan certificate fee, $150 for the certificate of candidacy fee, and $150 towards textbooks.
Per HEOA guidelines, our office adheres to the University of California Student Loan Code of Conduct.
It is recommended that you begin the loan application process early as the Division of Professional and Continuing Education does not enroll students in courses until payment is received, and applying for a loan does not reserve a space in the course.
Student Loan Deferment
Students enrolled in courses through UCSB Professional and Continuing Education, who have prior federal student loans, are not eligible for loan deferments. Federal loan deferments are approved only when a “student is enrolled in a program leading to a degree or certificate at an eligible institution (i.e. one that is eligible for federal loans).” Programs offered through UCSB Professional and Continuing Education are not eligible for federal loans. Student services staff can verify course/program enrollment, but cannot complete the school section of forms related to loan deferment of FFELP (Federal Family Education Loan Program), Federal Direct (William D. Ford Federal Direct), Stafford, Perkins, and PLUS loans.