A lending model provides unsecured or secured student loans to people without credit history or a country-based cosigner. The lending model may require students to pay a certain percentage of tuition in cash before starting their coursework. Schools may lend the remaining portion of tuition at a predetermined point through the program. Unsecured loans, while they may be high-risk, may provide schools with a high percentage of net present value tuition recovery and, in some cases, full net present value recovery. These loans may also be secured by requiring borrowers to provide a collateral or cosigner that would guarantee the loan. The lending model of the present invention may also allow friends, family, external investors and alumni to invest or donate towards the prospective student's tuition expenses by using a peer-to-peer (p2p) lending platform, thereby increasing the total funds in the system and reducing the liability and exposure for the school. This loan would be packaged as a single loan towards the student's tuition costs.