VSO-signing or signing a student loan is an option available to American parents looking to make the process easier for students, but it is not mandatory and far from essential.
The option has advantages and disadvantages for parents and students and is a decision that should be carefully considered by all parties involved.
Do parents have to sign for student loans?
Technically, there is no requirement for parents to sign or co-sign their children’s student loans as they are not required for federal loans as long as there is no credit check.
When it may be necessary is if it is necessary to borrow beyond the federal loan borrowing limit, necessitating private loans.
Here, private lenders might require there to be a co-signer who would likely be the student’s parents or guardians.
Benefits of Parents Signing Student Loans
Among the benefits is the fact that students can get a better deal when co-signing with parents, beyond the fact that it might be easier to get loan approval.
They may also be able to get potentially lower interest rates because a parent’s credit rating is likely to be better than their children’s and could therefore benefit.
It also helps their child gain a better credit score for the future by having the support of their parents on the loan.
It is also important to remember that parents can be removed from a student loan before the loan has been paid in full.
Disadvantages of Parents Signing Student Loans
If something were to happen and the child was unable to meet their loan repayments, it could be very damaging for any parent.
Not only is there a risk to the relationship, but it could also impact the parent’s ability to obtain credit or financing in the future.
Indeed, the parent would be responsible for the loan in the event of non-payment by the student.