Financial Aid

Loans for New Undergraduate Students

Most families have two major needs when considering finance options for a college education:

  1. Obtaining manageable monthly payments.
  2. Minimizing the total cost of education.

To meet both of these goals, we recommend the following:

  • Reduce your need to borrow by paying as much as you can directly to Emerson College or through the Tuition Payment Plan administered by Sallie Mae.
  • Investigate the terms of available loan programs if you decide to borrow.
  • Begin with an equal combination of loan and payment plan options to meet the financed amount.
  • Determine what you can afford. If you can pay more monthly, increase your amount in the Tuition Payment Plan administered by Sallie Mae. ┬áIf you need smaller monthly payments, increase the amount of the loan(s).

Types of Loans

If you need to borrow, learn more about the types of loans available to new and current undergraduate students:


ElmSelect is a tool to compare loan products. Emerson College has decided upon these loan products in an effort to provide students with information about loan programs that are not only cost effective, but are also accessible to credit worthy families. This list of lenders is by no means all inclusive. Families should feel free to choose a lender that best meets their specific needs whether that lender is on this list or not. Emerson will certify private education loans through any lender regardless of whether they appear on this list. Please note that lender information is subject to change without notice. Families should always check with the lender directly for up to date information. Please be advised that any lists provided by Emerson College are not exhaustive and borrowers have the option of borrowing under any loan program.