If you're applying for federal student loans using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), any loans that are offered to you will come from the Department of Education.

However, if you want to pursue private student loans, you can choose your lender. Visit Credible to explore private student loan options.

When searching for private student loans, it's important to shop around as not all private student loans are the same. Consider:

What is a better fit for fixed interest rates or variable interest rates?

How rates from different lenders compare

Minimum credit score requirements and credit history requirements

Maximum and minimum loan limits

If you are considering taking out new loans and refinancing existing ones, consider visiting Credible to learn more about private student loans and compare rates.