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How mortgage lenders view co-signed student loans

If your kids are college-bound, you may want to think before co-signing on their student loans, especially if you’re considering moving. When you co-sign a student loan with your child, you may be impacting your ability to qualify for a home loan. Here’s how mortgage lenders view a co-signed student loan:

  • A mortgage lender may consider a co-signed student loan as a monthly payment affecting your ability to qualify for a loan.
  • You may qualify for a lower home loan amount due to co-signed student loan debt obligations.
  • Even with perfect repayment history, a mortgage lender may decline your home loan application due to co-signed debt.

Before co-signing a student loan for your child, INHP recommends you consider other options, like grants, scholarships or Federal student loans.

For more information about student loan debt, check out this resource, or talk with the unbiased experts at INHP.

INHP offices closed in
observance of Thanksgiving

All INHP office locations will be closed starting at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Friday, Nov. 26. We will resume normal hours of operation at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.


All online services are still available, including:

  • Completing a registration form for INHP home purchase/repair programs
  • Enrolling in a virtual/in-person education class
  • Completing an online education course

INHP will respond to any inquiries or form submissions made via our website or email system in the order they were received after we reopen. 



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