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Alternative Loans

South Hills School of Business & Technology (SHSBT) encourages all students and their families to first consider federal student loans, federal/state grants, and scholarship opportunities to help finance your education. SHSBT does participate in the Federal Direct Loan program and encourages students to explore the loan options in this program before pursuing private or alternative loans. Students that need additional funding may consider private and/or alternative loans; however, in doing so, we encourage all borrowers to compare fees, interest rates, repayment terms, and conditions of the loan(s) prior to choosing a private lender.

Below is a list of links to private/alternative lenders. Please note: SHSBT does not endorse any private and/or alternative lender and will not delay the processing of a private or alternative loan of the student’s choosing. Students that have selected a private and or alternative lender will need to contact SHSBT so that we take the necessary steps in certifying your loan.


ELMSelect offers students and parents the ability to compare loans from lenders who are working with South Hills School of Business & Technology to provide alternative sources of funds. This resource includes information about lenders including:

  • PA Forward
State College Federal Credit Union

State College Federal Credit Union (SCFCU) is another source of alternative loans located in the State College, PA area.

Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.