Alternative Financing

At Pace Law School we understand that some students may need to look for options other than traditional financial aid to pay their expenses. Two alternative financing options available are private education loans and the Tuition Pay payment plan offered through the Office of Student Assistance (OSA). Pace recommends maximizing your Federal Direct Loans before seeking a private education loan.

Pace Student Loan Code of Conduct

Pace is committed to student-centered loan processing. The University has participated in the Direct Loan program in which loans are provided directly from the federal government to students since the 1994-1995 school year. Pace Financial Aid staff certify and transmit all federal loans directly to the Common Origination and Disbursement Center of the Department of Education.

With regard to private/alternative (non-federal) educational loans, Pace Financial Aid staff will certify any loan of the student’s choice. We do not endorse any particular lender. Neither do we participate in any of the following practices with lenders:

  • Revenue-sharing arrangements with any lender
  • Receiving gifts from a lender, a guarantor, or a loan servicer
  • Contracting arrangement providing financial benefit from any lender or affiliate of a lender
  • Directing borrowers to particular lenders, or refusing or delaying loan certifications
  • Offers of funds for private loans
  • Call center or financial aid office staffing assistance
  • Advisory board compensation

Private Education Loans


Private Education Loans are credit-based loans borrowed by the student. It is highly recommended that the student apply with a cosigner to increase their chance of approval and to receive a better interest rate.  Many lenders now offer a choice between a fixed-rate loan or a variable interest rate loan. Upon applying, your lender will provide you with necessary information regarding your options. On either type of loan the interest will begin to accrue at time of disbursement.

If the student chooses to use an alternative loan, be aware that the process could take as long as 30 days before the lender can disburse the funds to the school.

Pace University does not recommend any particular lenders. We will accept and certify a loan from any lender the student chooses.

An Alternative loan is a private loan in the student's name which, depending on the credit worthiness of the applicant, may require a co-signer. Many lenders do not require students to be in a degree or certificate program to receive these loans. Many lenders will also lend to students enrolled less than half-time.  Payment and interest on Alternative loans can be deferred until six months after graduation, or as long as the student is enrolled at least half-time. INTEREST WILL ACCRUE DURING THIS DEFERMENT PERIOD AND IS ADDED TO THE PRINCIPAL. It is strongly recommended that students try to make the interest payments while they are in school to avoid an increase of the principal amount of the loan during the deferment period. Students are permitted to finance up to their Cost of Attendance minus other aid.

The student's credit score determines the interest rate and fees for Alternative loans. We advise students to obtain their credit report to verify that the information being used to determine their rate is accurate and up to date. It is always important to ensure that information reported to credit bureaus is correct.

The three major credit bureaus are:

Applications for Alternative Loans can be done on-line or through a paper process directly with the student's chosen lender. It is the student's responsibility to follow-up with the lending institution to ensure that they have received all requested documents needed to finalize the loan.

Loans must be certified by a Financial Aid Counselor at Pace University in order to complete the loan process. Funds are deposited into the student's Student Account at Pace by a specified disbursement date determined by the Financial Aid Office and the Lender.


  • Does not need to be signed
  • Contains general information about range of rates, terms and fees
  • Some lenders will provide to cosigners
  • Provides an example of total cost of loan
  • Contains information on Federal Student Loans


  • Applicants and/or cosigners are provided this form after the loan has been credit approved
  • Must be accepted by applicant and/or cosigner within a minimum of 30 days – lenders determine the amount of time before loan is cancelled.
  • Provides the borrower/cosigner with specific information about loan rate, fees, and terms
  • Provides the total cost of loan based on selected repayment term


  • Does not need to be signed
  • Contains information on the right to rescind loan prior to first disbursement
  • Gives borrower a minimum of three days to cancel loan – this is known as the Rescission Period


  • Separate from the application
  • Standard form containing demographic information, but not SSN
  • Must be signed by borrower
  • Borrower must provide Cost of Attendance minus Accepted Financial Aid to determine maximum loan eligibility (this information can be found on your award letter or portal)
  • Lenders set deadline on amount time allowed before cancelling loan
  • In most cases the form will be provided by the lender which will include a loan identification code. However, schools must make this form available to students
  • Some lenders will allow for e-signatures
  • The Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification Form is available in the Forms and Applications section of our Financial Aid homepage.

You may contact the Financial Aid office at 1-877-672-1830 for further assistance with completing the Self-Certification Form

These extra steps will cause significant delays in loans being certified and disbursed. We recommend applying at least 30 days before the payment due date. Most lenders will wait until all documentation is signed and returned before sending a request for certification to Pace University. Once we certify the loan, we will have to wait a minimum of 3-7 business days to receive disbursement.

Private Student Loan Comparison Tool

Pace University does not recommend any particular lenders. We will accept and certify a loan from any lender the student chooses.  To compare lenders please visit the New York State HESC website to utilize their Private Student Loan Comparison Tool.

Tuition Payment Plan

Pace offers monthly payment plans accessible through the MyPace Portal. These plans enable students or their families to pay monthly installments on their account toward tuition, fees, and housing. Many students and families find monthly installments more manageable than a single lump payment each semester. These interest-free payment plans are not loans; therefore, there are no credit checks. These plans are available for the fall and spring terms in monthly installments and there is a weekly plan option available for summer terms.

All students are eligible to take advantage of these payment plans. Please note there is a non-refundable enrollment fee each term, and students must re-enroll in a plan each semester. The link to the Payment Plans will detail payment due dates, type of payments accepted, (credit cards, web checks, ACH payments), as well as fees associated with late payments.

This program is administered through the Office of Student Assistance (OSA). For more information, please visit the billing section of the OSA website.