SOURCE: NextStudent


August 12, 2009 10:00 ET

Smart Shopping for Student Loans: NextStudent Offers One-Stop Online Access to Multiple Lenders and Loan Options

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - August 12, 2009) - With the start of the fall semester, as students and their families weigh their college payment options, NextStudent, Inc. is offering a streamlined online solution for those families looking for student loans, parent loans, scholarships, and other financial aid options.

One of the country's longtime premier online sources for education financing, NextStudent has updated its website,, for easier-to-find financial aid resources and convenient one-stop access to a network of multiple student loan providers.

With just one click, students and parents looking for college loan options can access a portal that allows them to compare dozens of student loans from various lenders without having to navigate multiple different websites. Families can compare both federal student loans and non-federal private student loans to shop for the financing options that best fit the family budget. Both undergraduate and graduate student loan options are available.

This easy-to-use portal also puts students and parents directly in contact with available lenders. Once a family has found the college loans they're interested in, students and parents can apply for those student loans right then and there via these lenders' online applications. (Students should take full advantage of their low-cost federal loan options before turning to private student loans.)

Students and families still researching their college financing options and looking for student loan alternatives will find extensive information throughout the NextStudent website not just on college loans but on a wide array of education financing options and resources.

To try to minimize their need for federal and private student loans, students visiting the NextStudent website can take advantage of NextStudent's award-winning Scholarship Search Engine to search for free money for school. Continually updated and available free of charge for anyone to use, the NextStudent Scholarship Search Engine offers 24-hour access to one of the largest online databases of scholarship information available, currently listing nearly 6 million individually awarded scholarships, valued at over $16 billion.

About NextStudent

NextStudent offers a one-stop hub for education finance help and student life essentials, including a free online scholarship search engine, affordable student health insurance, college and student credit cards, links to a network of student loan providers, and extensive information on federal college loans and private student loans.

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