UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business has secured a loan program for International Students that does not require a co-signer. The lender was selected based on their ability to make loans at reasonable rates for students who are ineligible for federal loans and for those who have no access to a credit worthy U.S. co-signer. The loans for this loan program are not made by UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business but is made by the lender below.
Discover® Custom Graduate Loan
To be eligible for the DiscoverCustom Graduate Loan, you must be residing in the United States during your program studies. These loans are made by Discover Bank®, not by the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Annual loan limit: $42,000 per semester. Aggregate loan limits apply.
The grace period ends 9 months after graduation or after enrollment drops below half-time.
You can choose to make a payment anytime without penalty.
Get a 0.25% interest rate reduction while enrolled in automatic payments. Learn more.
Applicants must pass a credit check and meet other factors. However, a lack of credit history will not lead to a denial.
Cash Reward for Good Grades: Students who get at least a 3.0 GPA (or equivalent) may qualify for a one-time cash reward of 1% on each new Discover custom graduate loan. Reward redemption period is limited. Visit reward and redemption terms and conditions.
Step 2 – Student receives the conditional approval from Discover
Step 3 – Student uses the conditional approval provided by Discover to complete the Non-Immigrant Form (NIF)
Step 4 – Student receives VISA
Step 5 – Student completes the Discover loan application by providing required documents to the lender
Step 6 – Haas Financial Aid Office completes the Discover Custom Graduate Loan Certification for the student
Step 7 – The approved loan will schedule to disburse directly to the University at the beginning of the semester
Note:If you need assistance during the loan process, please call their dedicated Custom Graduate Loan customer service number at 1-800-973-5145, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET, as opposed to the number appearing on their website.
Update Your Lender: If you have obtained a Social Security Number while attending Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, be sure to update the lender for smoother servicing after you graduate!
Discover Custom Graduate Loan will be disbursed in two payments, 50% each semester
Loan disbursement will be credited towards student’s CalCentral tuition and fees
Any financial aid in excess of tuition and fees will be refunded to the student in the form of Direct Deposit or by paper check. All students are recommended to sign up for Direct Deposit to prevent disbursement delays
Students are expected to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for continued participation in the Discover Custom Graduate Loan. A student will be placed on academic probation when the G.P.A. falls below the minimum requirement and may become ineligible for future scheduled private loan disbursements.
IMPORTANT:Please contact the Haas Financial Aid Office immediately if you become aware of financial aid exceeding the Cost of Attendance. A loan return may need to be initiated if a student anticipates GSI Fee Remissions, Third Party Contract, and/or any additional Gift Aid that exceeds the Cost of Attendance.