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How to get a loan for MS in the US without your parents

Prodigy Finance - December 07, 2019

Get a loan for MS in the US without parents

Wondering how to get a loan for your master’s in the US without your parents having to act as guarantors or provide security?

It’s a common question if you’re coming from a country like India, where you need a guarantor for study loans over the equivalent of USD 5600.

The answer is - an education loan from an international lender. 

Funding your MS degree in the US on your own

There are several reasons you might want - or need - to get a loan on your own. Perhaps your parents can’t help. Or perhaps you don’t want to burden your parents when the loan size is so large.

After his acceptance to UC Berkeley, Aminad began looking for loan without a guarantor requirement. He didn’t want to depend on anyone else for his success, and he definitely didn’t want to burden his parents by using their property as security for his education loan.

“I feel that the collateral belongs to them, and that I want to stand on my own two feet".


Prodigy Finance borrower Aminad Financial Engineering UC Berkeley


After Nikarika got admitted to study MS in Business Analytics at Michigan State University, she asked her dad for his advice on how she should pay for her degree. She suggested Prodigy Finance, and after he did some research, his advice was to go for it.

“Nobody asked me what I’m earning actually, or what is my repayment capacity. It’s purely based on her”. 


Prodigy Finance borrower Niharika MS at Michigan State University

How to get an international education loan without a guarantor

In some countries, like India, you'll need a guarantor for loans over amounts USD 5600 and security for loans over USD 10,500. When most loans to study abroad are USD 60 to 70K, if you don't have or don't want to depend on anyone else, an international lender like Prodigy Finance is a great alternative.

At Prodigy Finance, we saw the struggle international students go through trying to fund expensive courses at global universities. It wasn’t an easy problem to solve - but we found a way.

Just like Nikarika and Aminad, it’ll take you just 30 minutes to apply for an international student loan from Prodigy Finance. You won’t need a guarantor, and within a week, you’ll have your obligation-free loan offer.

That’s how you get an international student loan for your MS degree in the US without burdening your parents.

And, once you’ve decided to get a loan without a guarantor, you want to know that you can manage it on your own. And, you probably have questions about security, margin money and loan repayment.

We’ve got answers. 

How to get an international study loan without security

Though it’s not the norm everywhere, you don’t need security to take an education loan in other countries. In the US, for example, study loans don’t require any form of security. We do the same because we believe in your future.

If this surprises you, you’re not alone. Nikarika’s father was astonished. And, Sudhir Raina felt the same way. 

Parent of Prodigy Finance borrower Sudhir Raina quote

Even though Misha’s father Sudhir could provide his flat as security, they chose instead to use a loan from Prodigy Finance to pay for Misha’s degree.

How to get an education loan without margin money

Securing an education loan to study abroad from a country like India often requires a minimum of 15% margin money (the amount of study costs you’re responsible for). Often, your lender requires you to deposit margin money into your account before they disburse your loan.

Margin money isn’t used by all lenders. US and international lenders do not use margin money and many offer up to 100% of the school-provided Cost of Attendance. For courses that offer less than 100% you will still need to fund the remainder.

1 more reason to choose a Prodigy Finance loan for your MS in the US

If you’re hoping to remain in the US to gain work experience after you’ve finished studying, having a loan in USD is a smart financial decision. Repaying a loan in another country involves international transfers, currency conversions and plenty of phone calls and admin.

As one Prodigy Finance borrower, Chandu Yerragopu, put it, “payment can reach India after 2 or 3 days, then you need to contact the bank [to make sure it was received]. But, they’ll account only on the day they got the money, so it won’t be the day you wanted to pay”.

With Prodigy Finance, you skip the hassle; you can make payments directly from your US bank account and begin repaying before you need to without penalty. 

Want to know how much you could qualify for?

Prodigy Finance Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. 


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