Additional Student Loan Options

Private Loans

Private loans may assist with college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. Private loans are offered by a number of lenders but typically are credit-based, and they may have higher interest rates and fees than federal loans.

Private loans which must be certified by the College can be certified for a maximum of the student's estimated cost of attendance, as indicated on the student's financial aid award letter, minus other aid the student will be receiving for the academic year.

Mills College does not have a list of preferred private lenders. The College has no preference regarding a student's choice of lender. The College does not have special business relationships with any student loan providers and does not receive financial benefits from any lenders.

Mills College Loans

These loans are funded directly by Mills College and are designed for students with financial need who have exhausted their borrowing eligibility through government student loan and/or private loan programs. These funds are very limited, therefore loan offers are always subject to availability of funds. Repayment at an 8.5% interest rate begins nine months after the borrower ceases to be enrolled full time. The annual borrowing limit is $2,500.

Exit Counseling

Exit loan counseling is mandatory for all students who have received a Mills College loan. This process is separate from the exit counseling for Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and Federal Perkins Loans.

Fall graduates: Students must visit the Financial Counselor website between November 28 and December 13 to complete the required Mills loan exit documents online.

Spring graduates: Students must visit the Financial Counselor website between April 24 and May 12 to complete the required Mills loan exit documents online.

Until the loan exit documents are completed and delivered to the Office of Financial Aid, graduating students with Mills loans will have a hold placed on their record that restricts access to College services including transcript processing and diploma distribution. 

Mills College Financial Aid Office Student Loan Code of Conduct

  1. Ban on Financial Ties: Lenders are prohibited from giving anything of value to any college in exchange for any advantage sought by the lender. This severs any inappropriate financial arrangements between lenders and schools and specifically prohibits "revenue sharing" agreements.
  2. Ban on Payments for Preferred Lender Status: Lenders may not pay or give colleges any financial benefits whatsoever to get on a college's preferred lender list.
  3. Gift and Trip Prohibition: Lenders are prohibited from giving college employees anything of more than nominal value. This includes a prohibition on trips for financial aid officers and other college officials paid for by lenders.
  4. Advisory Board Rules: Lenders are prohibited from paying college employees anything of value for serving on the advisory boards of the lenders.
  5. Call-Center and Staffing Prohibition: Lenders must ensure that employees of lenders never identify themselves to students as employees of the colleges. No employee of a lender may ever work in or provide staffing assistance for a college financial aid office.
  6. Disclosure of Range of Rates and Defaults: Lenders must disclose to any requesting school the range of rates they charge to students at the school, the number of borrowers at each rate at the school, and the lender's historic default rate at the school. This will ensure that schools will have the information they need to select preferred lenders who are best for students and parents.
  7. Loan Resale Disclosure: Lenders shall fully and prominently disclose to students and their parents any agreements they have to sell loans to any lender.