• Collegiate Choice®
    Student Loan Rates as low as 2.02% APR*

A Private Education Loan Just for Students

Your financial aid package may not cover the entire cost of your undergraduate or graduate education. Fortunately, as a Trojan Family member, you can fill in the gap with an affordable Collegiate Choice® loan exclusively from USC Credit Union. Compare our current rates and you’ll see why members look to us first.

What We Offer

No Hidden Fees

No late payment, app, origination, or pre-payment fees.

Pay Past Due Balances

Settle balances from the previous academic year.

Multiple Payment Options

Choose deferred, interest-only, or immediate payments.

Quick Application Process

Apply online and get a decision in as little as 15 minutes.

Lower Your Rate

Receive a 0.25% rate discount by enrolling in AutoPay.

24/7 Account Access

Access your loan status any time from your phone, laptop, or tablet.

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How We Compare

Loan Provider Loan Name Lowest Rate Highest Rate Term Options (Years)
USC Credit Union Collegiate Choice® 2.020% 8.500% 15
Sallie Mae Smart Option® 2.250% 9.370% 5, 10, or 15
Discover Discover Student Loan 2.990% 8.475% 15
Wells Fargo Private Student Loan 3.000% 9.240% 15
SunTrust Custom Choice® 3.239% 8.671% 5, 10, or 15
»Private Student Loan- Variable Rates collected from competitor sites on 5/1/2015. Subject to change.

Features and Benefits

When it comes to providing bank-beating rates, we deliver. We pride ourselves on our exceptional service without the hidden fees and gimmicks of all those big banks. We do so with the Trojan family in mind because at USC Credit Union you are more than a customer—you're family.


Key Benefits include:
  • Bank-Beating Rates as low as 2.02% APR*
  • NO late payment, application, origination, or pre-payment fees.
  • 3 Easy Payment Options
  • A 0.25% interest rate discount with AutoPay enrollment
  • Fast Application Process

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a the Collegiate Choice® loan, you must meet the following requirements.


Borrower Eligibility:
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Be admitted or enrolled at least half-time at an eligible 4 year college or university
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; or
  • Have a cosigner that is either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Note: Most students require a cosigner to meet minimum credit score and income requirements.

Fast Application Process.

Complete your application in less that 15 minutes and be on your way to savings.


Get the funds you need in just 4 easy steps:
  1. Apply online in just a few minutes
  2. Consider adding a cosigner
  1. Sign your loan documents
  2. Accept your terms and you're done!

Add a Cosigner. Get a Lower Rate!

Most students do not meet our minimum credit history, income and credit score requirements on their own. A co-signer’s income and credit score can help strengthen your loan request, and may even lead to securing a lower rate. Rates are based in part on credit score, so if your co-signer has a better credit score we will use their score to establish the rate on your loan. And, after 36 consecutive on-time monthly payments, you will have the option to release the co-signer from your loan.

Ready to Apply?

We are happy to service your student lending needs. Let our team of professionals guide you through the application
process or go straight to the application and be on your way to reaching your educational dreams.

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Terms and Conditions:
Membership is required. Must qualify for USC Credit Union membership. Membership fee may apply; please call (877) 670-5860 or visit www.USCcreditunion.org to confirm eligibility. Must be 18 years old or older. Must pass Chexsystem. All accounts are subject to an approval process.
*Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is effective 5/1/15. The APR assumes that you will be in school for 4 years and have a 6-month grace period before repayment begins. Borrowing $10,000 at 2.02% accrues $1,599.83 in interest during 4 years in school and the 6-month grace period. Sample monthly payment would be 179 payments of $64.44 plus a final payment of $65.07. For illustration purposes only. The APR can differ from the interest rate as it considers fees paid to obtain the loan, your interest rate, if payments are deferred and reflects the cost of the loan as a yearly rate. You are not required to make payments on your loan while in school, although you may make principal and interest payments any time. Making payments while attending school will lower your APR. The minimum loan amount is $1,000. Your interest rate will be determined by your credit score or your cosigner’s, whichever is greater. Rate is variable and can change quarterly. For further information on rates and costs, see the Application Truth in Lending Disclosure. You will be required to review the Application Truth in Lending Disclosure prior to submitting an application.
1To be eligible for the interest rate reduction for automatic payments, you must be signed up for automatic payments through University Accounting Services. If at any time automatic payments are stopped or the loan is not in repayment status, the rate discount will not be applied. USC Credit Union reserves the right to modify or discontinue benefits at its discretion and without notice.
2Your school’s financial aid office will certify your approved loan amount based upon your eligibility.