In-School Loan Program

Any questions? Please call 860-520-4001

The student is always the borrower on a CHESLA loan. The age of majority in Connecticut is 18 years old. Thus, the student borrower must be 18 to take out a CHESLA loan.

Loan Rate for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

  • 5.15% Fixed Annual Rate (non-tiered, simple interest)
  • Annual Percentage Rate (which accounts for a 3% reserve fee) ranges from 5.53% to 5.65% over the life of the loan
  • Low monthly payments of $4.29 per $1,000 borrowed during the in-school and 6-month grace period, and $9.52 per $1,000 borrowed during the 140-month repayment term for principal and interest

Loan Features & Terms

  • Fixed interest rate loans made payable directly to the institution
  • No application fee
  • No application deadline
  • Loans from $2,000 up to the total cost of education per academic year (less any other financial aid received), to a cumulative maximum total of $125,000
  • Loans for either current or prior year's educational expenses
  • Principal and interest payments over an extended 140-month repayment term after the grace period ends
  • Fees limited to a 3% reserve fee, deducted from the loan prior to disbursement
  • No prepayment fee
  • Borrower death forgiveness
  • Borrower total and permanent disability forgiveness
  • Co-borrower release feature for loans disbursed on or after June 23, 2014
  • Undergraduate Students: Interest-only payments are required while student is in school and for a 6-month grace period after student leaves school. Loans originated through June 2016 can stay in interest-only up to a five-year maximum. Loans originated after June 2016 can stay in interest-only up to an eight-year maximum.
  • Graduate and Professional Students: May defer interest while in school and for a 6-month grace period (interest is capitalized annually)

Apply Now

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Loan Servicer Contact Information

Borrowers and schools may contact the loan servicer, Firstmark Services:

School Hotline - 888-756-0075
Customer Service - 888-295-0911
Origination Hotline - 800-935-2275, option 3 (application and technical questions)

Correspondence Address:
P.O. Box 82522
Lincoln, NE 68501-2522

Overnight Mail Address:
Firstmark Services
121 South 13th Street, Suite 201
Lincoln, NE 68508