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Private student loan volume grows when federal student loan limits remain stagnant.

Private student loan volume grew much more rapidly than federal student loan volume through mid-2008, in part because aggregate loan limits on the Stafford loan remained unchanged from 1992 to 2008. (The introduction of the Grad PLUS loan on July 1, 2006 and the increases in the annual but not aggregate limits had only a modest impact on the growth of private student loan volume. The subprime mortgage credit crisis of 2007-2010, however, limited lender access to the capital needed to make new loans, reining in growth of the private student loan marketplace.) The annual increase in private student loan volume was about 25% to 35% per year, compared with 8% per year for federal loan volume.

Student Loan Comparison Sites

This page provides a basic comparison chart that highlights the key characteristics of the major private education loans. FinAid also provides a separate list of private consolidation loans that can be used to consolidate private education loans.

In addition to these lists of private student loan programs, there are several web sites that provide tools for comparing private student loans. These tools can help you identify the loans that match your criteria. These student loan comparison sites include SimpleTuition and Overture Student Loan Marketplace, among other student loan comparison sites.

Then the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008 increased the annual and aggregate loan limits on the federal Stafford loan starting July 1, 2008. This shifted significant loan volume from private student loan programs to federal. Private student loan volume dropped in half in 2008-09, according to the College Board's Trends in Student Aid 2009.

Private student loan volume is expected to return to the 25% annual growth rate unless there is another increase in federal loan limits or an expansion of the availability of federal student loans. For example, the proposal for expanding Perkins loan funding from $1 billion a year to $8.5 billion a year will cause a significant decline in private student loan volume. But so long as federal loan limits do not increase every year, private student loan volume will continue to grow at double-digit rates.

If current trends continue, annual private education loan volume will surpass federal student loan volume by around 2030. Accordingly, it is important that students have tools they can use to compare different private student loans.

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Best Private Student Loans

As a general rule, students should only consider obtaining a private education loan if they have maxed out the Federal Stafford Loan. They should also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which may qualify them for grants, work-study and other forms of student aid. Undergraduate students should also compare costs with the Federal PLUS Loan, as the PLUS loan is usually much less expensive and has better repayment terms.

The fees charged by some lenders can significantly increase the cost of the loan. A loan with a relatively low interest rate but high fees can ultimately cost more than a loan with a somewhat higher interest rate and no fees. (The lenders that do not charge fees often roll the difference into the interest rate.) A good rule of thumb is that 3% to 4% in fees is about the same as a 1% higher interest rate.

Be wary of comparing loans with different repayment terms according to APR, as a longer loan term reduces the APR despite increasing the total amount of interest paid. FinAid's Loan Analyzer Calculator may be used to generate an apples-to-apples comparison of different loan programs.

The best private student loans will have interest rates of LIBOR + 2.0% or PRIME - 0.50% with no fees. Such loans will be competitive with the Federal PLUS Loan. Unfortunately, these rates often will be available only to borrowers with great credit who also have a creditworthy cosigner. It is unclear how many borrowers qualify for the best rates, although the top credit tier typically encompasses about 20% of borrowers.

Generally, borrowers should prefer loans that are pegged to the LIBOR index over loans that are pegged to the Prime Lending Rate, all else being equal, as the spread between the Prime Lending Rate and LIBOR has been increasing over time. Over the long term a loan with interest rates based on LIBOR will be less expensive than a loan based on the Prime Lending Rate. About half of lenders peg their private student loans to the LIBOR index and about 2/5 to the Prime lending rate.

Some lenders use the LIBOR rate because it reflects their cost of capital. Other lenders use the Prime Lending Rate because PRIME + 0.0% sounds better to consumers than LIBOR + 2.80% even when the rates are the same.

It is not uncommon for lenders to advertise a lower rate for the in-school and grace period, with a higher rate in effect when the loan enters repayment.

Federal student loans are not available for expenses incurred by law, medical and dental students after they graduate, such as expenses associated with study for the bar or finding a residency. There are two types of private student loans for these expenses:

  • A Bar Study Loan helps finance bar exam costs such as bar review course fees, bar exam fees, as well as living expenses while you are studying for the bar.
  • A Residency and Relocation Loan helps medical and dental students with the expenses associated with finding a residency, including interview travel expenses and relocation costs, as well as board exam expenses.

Private Student Loan Comparison Chart

The following table provides information about the annual and cumulative loan limits, interest rates, fees, and loan term for the most popular private student loan programs. Often the interest rates, fees and loan limits depend on the credit history of the borrower and co-signer, if any, and on loan options chosen by the borrower such as in-school deferment and repayment schedule. Loan term often depends on the total amount of debt.

Most lenders that require school certification (approval) will cap the annual loan amount at cost of education less aid received (COA-Aid). They may also have an annual dollar limit as well.

Lenders rarely give complete details of the terms of the private student loan until after the student submits an application, in part because this helps prevent comparisons based on cost. For example, many lenders will only advertise the lowest interest rate they charge (for good credit borrowers). Borrowers with bad credit can expect interest rates that are as much as 6% higher, loan fees that are as much as 9% higher, and loan limits that are two-thirds lower than the advertised figures.

The information presented in this table is based on lender literature and a survey of rates charged to actual students. Actual rates and fees may be higher. If only one rate is listed, it is the best rate offered by the lender, and actual rates for borrowers with inferior credit scores will be much higher. If only two rates are listed, they are the best and worst rates offered by the lender (min/max).

Private loans for private elementary, middle and secondary schools are listed separately. See Education Loans for Private Schools.

The APRs for variable rate loans, if listed, are only the current APRs and are likely to change over the term of the loan. Borrowers should be careful about comparing loans based on the APR, as the APR may be calculated under different assumptions, such as a different number of years in repayment. All else being equal, a longer repayment term will have a lower APR even though the borrower will pay more in interest.

The lenders are listed in alphabetical order. No significance should be inferred from the order in which the lenders are listed.

Lender Loan Limits Rates (Min/Avg/Max) Fees Term
Acumen Student Loans
1% interest rate reduction once borrower has paid 10% of the principal balance.

Borrowers must choose one of two monthly in-school repayment options: interest only payments or a $25 proactive payment.

Co-signer release available after 24 months of consecutive on-time principal and interest payments.

30 day no-fee loan cancellation policy.

Loans originated by Cedar Education Lending / cuStudentLoans.

Acumen Private Student Loan (School Certified) COA-Aid or $30,000/year
$120,000 cumulative for undergraduate and $160,000 for graduate debt
3M LIBOR + 2.99% to 3M LIBOR + 8.99% No fees Up to 15 years
Charter One
.25% interest rate reduction for existing customers. .25% interest rate reduction for automating payments from any bank account. Co-signer release after making 36 consecutive on-time payments of principal and interest. The loan is forgiven in the unfortunate event of the student borrower's death or permanent and total disability. No origination, application or disbursement fees. Students have the choice to defer payments while in school. Rates are effective March 24, 2014 and offer subject to change. All accounts, loans and services subject to individual approval.
TruFit Student Loan (School Certified) COA-Aid
$120,000 cumulative (includes federal and private) for undergraduate students, $175,000 for business and law school students, $150,000 for graduate students and $225,000 for medical school students.
Variable: 1-month LIBOR + 2.50%
1-month LIBOR + 9.25%

Fixed: 5.75% to 11.75%

0.0% 5, 10 or 15 years
Citizens Bank
.25% interest rate reduction for existing customers. .25% interest rate reduction for automating payments from any bank account. Co-signer release after making 36 consecutive on-time payments of principal and interest. The loan is forgiven in the unfortunate event of the student borrower's death or permanent and total disability. No origination, application or disbursement fees. Students have the choice to defer payments while in school. Rates are effective March 24, 2014 and offer subject to change. All accounts, loans and services subject to individual approval.
TruFit Student Loan (School Certified) COA-Aid
$120,000 cumulative (includes federal and private) for undergraduate students, $175,000 for business and law school students, $150,000 for graduate students and $225,000 for medical school students.
Variable: 1-month LIBOR + 2.50%
1-month LIBOR + 9.25%

Fixed: 5.75% to 11.75%

0.0% 5, 10 or 15 years
Commerce Bank
Funded by Sallie Mae Bank.
Lender ID 900917.

Get a 2% Smart Reward® rebate on on-time scheduled monthly interest payments or fixed $25 payments during the in-school period. (Not available with deferred repayment option. Rebates are deposited in the borrower's Upromise® rebate account.)

0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction for auto-debit.

The interest rates may be up to 0.50% better for borrowers who apply with a creditworthy cosigner.

There are three repayment options for students attending degree-granting institutions: Interest Repayment, Fixed Repayment and Deferred Repayment. Borrowers may mix and match the options if they wish, choosing a different option with each new loan. Interest rates are lower for the Interest Repayment and Fixed Repayment options. The lower balance at graduation for the Interest Repayment and Fixed Repayment options will yield a shorter repayment term for about the same monthly payment, letting the borrower repay their loans quicker and saving the borrower thousands of dollars in interest.

Borrowers may apply for cosigner release after they graduate and make 12 consecutive on-time principal and interest payments. Cosigner release is subject to credit review and approval. Borrower must be a US citizen or permanent resident to qualify for cosigner release.

Rates effective as of 3/26/2012. Additional terms, conditions and limitations apply. Sallie Mae reserves the right to modify or discontinue products, services and benefits at any time without notice. The Sallie Mae web site provides additional details concerning the Smart Option Student loan terms and APR information. Check SallieMae.com to obtain the most up-to-date information.

Smart Option Student Loan - Interest Repayment Option

Borrower agrees to make payments of at least the new interest that accrues during the in-school and six-month grace periods. Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

For Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional School Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 2.0% (2.25% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 8.875% (9.11% APR)

Fixed Rates: 5.75% (5.74% APR) to 11.875% (11.85% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 5-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Smart Option Student Loan - Fixed Repayment Option

The borrower agrees to make payments of $25 per month per loan during the in-school and six-month grace periods. Unpaid interest will be capitalized. Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

For Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional School Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 2.5% (2.75% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 9.375% (9.09% APR)

Fixed Rates: 6.25% (6.08% APR) to 12.375% (11.43% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 5-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Smart Option Student Loan - Deferred Repayment Option

Principal and interest payments are deferred while the borrower is in school and for six months after graduation. The interest is capitalized (added to the loan balance). Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

For Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional School Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 3.0% (3.17% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 9.875% (9.37% APR)

Fixed Rates: 6.75% (6.41% APR) to 12.875% (11.69% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 6-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA) (School Certified)
The student must either be a Connecticut resident or attend an eligible Connecticut college or university. The student must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis in an accredited public or non-profit college or university.

Most students will need a creditworthy cosigner to qualify.

The in-school and 6-month grace periods are limited to no more than 5 years in total.

CHESLA Loan COA-Aid
$125,000 cumulative
5.99% fixed annual rate (non-tiered, simple interest) with APR ranging from 6.35% to 6.50% over the life of the loan

Payments of interest are required for undergraduate students during the in-school and grace periods. Graduate and professional students may defer payments of interest during the in-school and grace periods by capitalizing the interest. (The interest is capitalized annually.)

3.0% reserve fee, deducted from the loan proceeds. No application fees. 140 months (11.7 years)
Credit Union Student Choice

Borrowers may choose full deferment while in school, elect to make interest only payments while in school, or choose full principal and interest payments.

A graduated repayment option is available when the loans enter repayment.

No cosigner is required for creditworthy students.

0.25% interest rate reduction for auto-debit.

Cosigner release after 48 consecutive on-time principal and interest payments and satisfying credit criteria.

Student Choice Education Loan Line of Credit
School Certified

A line of credit (LOC) allows the student apply once and make draws as needed.

COA-Aid (annual limit)
$75,000 maximum line of credit
3M LIBOR + 3% to Prime + 8%

Interest rates are set by each participating credit union. The interest rate range shown here runs from the lowest rate by any credit union to the highest rate by any credit union. Some credit unions have floors on the interest rates, ranging from 3.5% to 10.0%. The high end of the floor is for a credit union that serves borrowers with weak credit.

0.0% origination fee 20 years for balances < $40,000

25 years for balances > $40,000

cuStudentLoans.org
1% interest rate reduction once borrower has paid 10% of the principal balance. Co-signer release after 24 consecutive on-time principal and interest payments. No co-signer required for creditworthy students.

Student academic attributes supplement traditional credit underwriting criteria.

cuScholar Private Student Loan
School Certified
COA-Aid
$120,000 cumulative ($30,000/year)
3M LIBOR + 2.99%
3M LIBOR + 8.99%
0.0% origination fee 15 years
Dakota Education Alternative Loan (DEAL)
Borrower must either be a legal resident of or enroll in a college in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming or Wisconsin.

0.25% interest rate reduction with auto-debt.

School Certified - Fixed Rate COA-Aid FHLB 10-Year Advanced Rate + 2% (ND) or + FHLB 10-Year Advanced Rate + 3% (otherwise) 0% if ND, 2% otherwise 10 years; longer terms available if loan balance > $30,000
School Certified - Variable Rate COA-Aid 3-month LIBOR + 1.5% (ND) or 3-month LIBOR + 2.5% (otherwise) 0% if ND, 2% otherwise 10 years; longer terms available if loan balance > $30,000
Discover Student Loans
No payments required while in school at least half-time.

0.25% Auto Debit Reward (when you enroll for auto-debit payments during repayment).

Eligibility for US citizens, permanent residents or international students with a Social Security number and US citizen or permanent resident cosigner.

2% Graduation Reward is available on undergraduate and graduate variable interest rate loans only.

Fixed and variable rates effective as of 12/6/2013.

The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) for a variable rate loan may increase during the life of the loan if the Prime Index increases. This may result in higher monthly payments, an increase in the number of scheduled payments or both.

Discover Undergraduate Loan
School Certified

For students enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate program at an eligible degree-granting school.

COA-Aid
$150,000 aggregate limit
Fixed Rates: 6.74% to 10.99% APR

Variable Rates: PRIME + 0.00% (3.25% APR) to PRIME + 5.00% (8.25% APR)
No fees 15 years
Discover Graduate Loan
School Certified

For masters and doctoral degree candidates enrolled at least half-time in a graduate program at an eligible degree-granting school.

COA-Aid
$150,000 aggregate limit
Fixed Rates: 6.74% to 10.99% APR

Variable Rates: PRIME + 0.00% (3.25% APR) to PRIME + 5.00% (8.25% APR)
No fees 20 years
Discover Health Professions Loan
School Certified

For students enrolled at least half-time in one of the following health professions graduate programs at a degree-granting school: Allopathy, Dentistry, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Podiatry and Veterinary Medicine.

COA-Aid

$180,000 aggregate limit for Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant

$275,000 aggregate limit for Allopathy, Dentistry, Optometry, Osteopathy, Pharmacy, Podiatry and Veterinary Medicine

Fixed Rates: 6.74% to 9.49% APR

Variable Rates: PRIME + 0.00% (3.25% APR) to PRIME + 3.50% (6.75% APR)
No fees 20 years
Discover Law Loan
School Certified

For students enrolled at least half-time in a graduate program at an eligible degree-granting law school.

COA-Aid
$180,000 aggregate limit
Fixed Rates: 6.74% to 9.49% APR

Variable Rates: PRIME + 0.00% (3.25% APR) to PRIME + 3.50% (6.75% APR)
No fees 20 years
Discover MBA Loan with GMAT(R) Test-Taker Reward
School Certified

GMAT® Test-Taker Reward (0.25% interest rate reduction after disbursement if you have taken the GMAT exam in the past five years).

For students enrolled, at least half-time, in a graduate program at an eligible degree-granting business school.

COA-Aid
$180,000 aggregate limit
Fixed Rates: 6.74% to 9.49% APR

Variable Rates: PRIME + 0.00% (3.25% APR) to PRIME + 3.50% (6.75% APR)
No fees 20 years
Discover Residency Loan
For students who graduated within the past 12 months, or enrolled at least half-time in their final year in one of the following graduate health professions programs: Allopathy, Dentistry, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Podiatry or Veterinary Medicine.
$5,000 aggregate limit for Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant

$18,000 aggregate limit for Allopathy, Dentistry, Optometry, Osteopathy, Pharmacy, Podiatry and Veterinary Medicine

Fixed Rates: 6.74% to 10.99% APR

Variable Rates: PRIME + 0.00% (3.25% APR) to PRIME + 5.00% (8.25% APR)
No fees 20 years
Discover Bar Exam Loan
For students who graduated within the past six months, or enrolled at least half-time in their final year of study in a graduate law degree program.
$16,000 aggregate limit Fixed Rates: 6.74% to 10.99% APR

Variable Rates: PRIME + 0.00% (3.25% APR) to PRIME + 5.00% (8.25% APR)
No fees 20 years
Fifth Third Bank
Funded by Fifth Third Bank. Lender code 508780. Private loans are serviced by Sallie Mae.

Get a 2% Smart Reward® rebate on on-time scheduled monthly interest payments or fixed $25 payments during the in-school period. (Not available with deferred repayment option. Rebates are deposited in the borrower's Upromise® rebate account.)

Earn a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction while enrolled to make scheduled monthly payments by automatic debit.

Applying with a creditworthy cosigner may help you qualify and/or receive a lower interest rate.

Borrowers may apply for a cosigner release after they graduate and make 12 consecutive on-time principal and interest payments. Cosigner release is subject to credit review and approval. Borrower must be a US citizen or permanent resident to qualify for cosigner release.

There are three repayment options for students attending degree-granting institutions: Interest Repayment, Fixed Repayment and Deferred Repayment. Borrowers may mix and match the options if they wish, choosing a different option with each new loan. Interest rates are lower for the Interest Repayment and Fixed Repayment options. The lower balance at graduation for the Interest Repayment and Fixed Repayment options will yield a shorter repayment term for about the same monthly payment, letting the borrower repay their loans quicker and saving the borrower thousands of dollars in interest.

In addition, starting with the 2013-14 academic year, there is a new graduated repayment plan which provides the option of one year of interest-only payments for the first year after the loan enters repayment, followed by regularly amortized payments of principal and interest through the end of the repayment term. The graduated repayment option does not extend the term of the loan.

Rates effective as of 1/27/2014. Additional terms, conditions and limitations apply. Fifth Third Bank and Sallie Mae reserve the right to modify or discontinue products, services and benefits at any time without notice. The Fifth Third web site provides additional details concerning the Smart Option loan terms and APR information. See also the Loan Application and Solicitation Disclosure.

Applicants should check the Fifth Third web site to obtain the most up-to-date product information.

Smart Option Student Loan funded by Fifth Third Bank — Interest Repayment Option

For Undergraduate Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

Borrower agrees to make payments of at least the new interest that accrues during the in-school and six-month grace periods. Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 2.0% (2.25% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 8.875% (9.11% APR)

Fixed Rates: 5.75% (5.74% APR) to 11.875% (11.85% APR)
No disbursement fee or repayment fee. 5-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Smart Option Student Loan funded by Fifth Third Bank — Fixed Repayment Option

For Undergraduate Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

The borrower agrees to make payments of $25 per month per loan during the in-school and six-month grace periods. Unpaid interest will be capitalized. Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 2.5% (2.75% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 9.375% (9.09% APR)

Fixed Rates: 6.25% (6.08% APR) to 12.375% (11.43% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 5-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Smart Option Student Loan funded by Fifth Third Bank — Deferred Repayment Option

For Undergraduate Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

Principal and interest payments are deferred while the borrower is in school and for six months after graduation. The interest is capitalized (added to the loan balance). Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 3.0% (3.17% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 9.875% (9.37% APR)

Fixed Rates: 6.75% (6.41% APR) to 12.875% (11.69% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 6-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Smart Option Student Loan funded by Fifth Third Bank — Interest Repayment Option

For Graduate and Professional School Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

Borrower agrees to make payments of at least the new interest that accrues during the in-school and six-month grace periods. Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 2.0% (2.25% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 6.75% (6.99% APR)

Fixed Rates: 5.75% (5.74% APR) to 8.375% (8.36% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 5-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Smart Option Student Loan funded by Fifth Third Bank — Fixed Repayment Option

For Graduate and Professional School Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

The borrower agrees to make payments of $25 per month per loan during the in-school and six-month grace periods. Unpaid interest will be capitalized. Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 2.5% (2.75% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 7.00% (7.12% APR)

Fixed Rates: 6.25% (6.16% APR) to 8.625% (8.42% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 5-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Smart Option Student Loan funded by Fifth Third Bank — Deferred Repayment Option

For Graduate and Professional School Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

Principal and interest payments are deferred while the borrower is in school and for six months after graduation. The interest is capitalized (added to the loan balance). Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 3.0% (3.21% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 7.25% (7.27% APR)

Fixed Rates: 6.75% (6.56% APR) to 8.875% (8.56% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 6-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Bar Study Loan funded by Fifth Third Bank $1,000 (min)
$15,000 (max)
Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 3.50% (3.74% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 11.75% (12.74% APR) 0% to 5% at disbursement. No repayment fee. Up to 15 years.
Residency and Relocation Loan funded by Fifth Third Bank $1,000 (min)
$20,000 (max)
Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 3.0% (3.21% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 9.75% (9.62% APR) No disbursement or repayment fees. Up to 20 years.
Graduate Leverage

0.25% interest rate reduction for auto-debit (ACH) for all loan programs.

School-certified Private Loans (Undergraduate Students) COA-Aid
$25,000/year
1-month LIBOR + 1.75%
1-month LIBOR + 10.0%
0% to 6% Up to 20 years, depending on loan balance
School-certified Private Loans (Graduate Students) COA-Aid
$25,000/year
1-month LIBOR + 1.75%
1-month LIBOR + 10.0%
0% to 6% Up to 20 years, depending on loan balance
Medical Residency & Relocation Loan Program $20,000 1-month LIBOR + 5.0%
1-month LIBOR + 8.0%
1% interest rate reduction upon entering repayment
0% to 6% Up to 15 years, depending on loan balance
Dental Residency & Relocation Loan Program $20,000 1-month LIBOR + 5.0%
1-month LIBOR + 9.0%
1% interest rate reduction upon entering repayment
0% to 6% Up to 15 years, depending on loan balance
Veterinary Internship & Relocation Loan Program $20,000 1-month LIBOR + 5.0%
1-month LIBOR + 9.0%
1% interest rate reduction upon entering repayment
0% to 6% Up to 15 years, depending on loan balance
Bar Study Loan $17,500 1-month LIBOR + 3.0%
1-month LIBOR + 12.0%
1% interest rate reduction upon entering repayment
0% to 6% Up to 15 years, depending on loan balance
Higher Education Servicing Corp. (Texas)

0.25% interest rate reduction for ACH payments.

Co-signer release available after 36 months of consecutive on-time principal and interest payments.

SAP not required.

Available for Past Due Balances.

In-school deferment and grace period options available.

Four Repayment Options: Full Deferment, Interest Only, Partial Interest or Immediate Repayment.

Must be degree-seeking and enrolled at least half-time at an approved school.

The student borrower and cosigner (if applicable) must be permanent residents of Texas.

Texas Extra Credit Education Loan (School Certified)

Application calculates APRs and estimated repayment amounts in real time, making it possible to compare loan scenarios.

COA-Aid
$1,000 annual minimum, $65,000 annual maximum, $150,000 aggregate limit inclusive of all student loan debt
Variable: 3M LIBOR + 2.99% to 3M LIBOR + 8.99% No fees. 10 or 15 years, depending on amount borrowed. (The 15 year repayment term is available for loan amounts of $5,000 or more.)
Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)

Funded by Independent Community Banks, no membership is required. Originated and Serviced by Student Loan Finance Corporation (SLFC).

Borrowers receiving the highest interest rate (3M LIBOR + 6.8%) may qualify for a 0.30% interest rate reduction after 24 months of on-time payments and satisfying other criteria.

Cosigners are not required but may increase chances of approval and may yield a better interest rate. Cosigner release option after initial 24 consecutive on-time payments and satisfying credit criteria, if requested by borrower.

International students are eligible with an eligible US citizen or permanent resident cosigner. International students should contact SLFC at 800-645-7404 to obtain an account number prior to starting an online application.

Rates effective 4/30/2012.

iHELP Student Loan COA-Aid
$100,000 cumulative (undergraduate), $150,000 cumulative (graduate)
3M LIBOR + 2.5%
3M LIBOR + 6.8%
No origination fees. Supplemental fee of 3% (with cosigner) to 5% (without cosigner) when the loan enters repayment. Up to 20 years, depending on amount borrowed
Maine Educational Loan Authority (MELA)

Rates effective June 26, 2012.

Must be a Maine resident or attending a Maine college to apply for this loan.

The Maine Loan COA-Aid 7.25% fixed for all borrowers, regardless of credit. Requires interest-only payments during the in-school and six-month grace periods. 4% fee added to loan balance at disbursement. 5 to 15 years, depending on amount borrowed
The Maine Medical Loan COA-Aid 7.25% fixed for all borrowers, regardless of credit. Option to defer principal and interest during the in-school period and for up to four years of residency and internship. 4% fee added to loan balance at disbursement. 5 to 15 years, depending on amount borrowed
Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)
Benefits Massachusetts residents attending college in-state or out-of-state, and for students from across the U.S. attending a Massachusetts college or university.

Subject to full terms available on the MEFA web site.

Rates effective June 13, 2012.

MEFA Loan for Undergraduate Education
Immediate Repayment / 10 Years
COA-Aid 5.99% fixed during the anticipated in-school period, 7.24% thereafter (APR 7.26% - 7.83%) 4.0% with a co-borrower; 7.0% without a co-borrower 10 years
MEFA Loan for Undergraduate Education
Immediate Repayment / 15 Years
COA-Aid 6.29% fixed during anticipated in-school period, 7.29% thereafter (APR 7.40% - 7.76%) 4.0% with a co-borrower; 7.0% without a co-borrower 15 years
MEFA Loan for Undergraduate Education
Deferred Repayment / 15 Years
COA-Aid 7.59% fixed (APR 7.52% - 8.18%) 4.0% with a co-borrower; 7.0% without a co-borrower 15 years
MEFA Loan for Undergraduate Education
Interest-Only Repayment / 15 Years
COA-Aid 7.09% fixed during anticipated in-school period, 8.09% thereafter (APR 8.15% - 8.55%) 4.0% with a co-borrower; 7.0% without a co-borrower 15 years
MEFA Loan for Undergraduate Education
Student Deferred Loan / 15 Years

Co-borrower required. The co-borrower may request release after 48 consecutive on-time payments if meeting then current credit underwriting standards.
COA-Aid 8.09% fixed (APR 7.95% - 8.68%) 4.0% with a co-borrower 15 years
MEFA Loan for Graduate Education
Interest-Only Repayment
COA-Aid 7.09% fixed during anticipated in-school period, 8.09% fixed thereafter (APR 8.27% - 8.55%) 4.0% with a co-borrower; 7.0% without a co-borrower 15 years
MEFA Loan for Graduate Education
Deferred Repayment
COA-Aid 7.59% fixed (APR 7.89% - 8.18%) 4.0% with a co-borrower; 7.0% without a co-borrower 15 years
Minnesota Office of Higher Education

The student must either be a Minnesota resident or attend an eligible Minnesota college or university.

The in-school period is limited to no more than 9 years.

Borrowers may make monthly interest-only payments for 1-2 years after repayment begins before making regular payments of principal and interest.

Interest rates effective 7/1/2012.

SELF Loan (cosigner required) $7,500/year and $37,500 aggregate (students at 2-year colleges)

$10,000/year and $50,000 aggregate (students in Bachelor's degree programs at 4-year colleges)

$70,000 aggregate for undergraduate and graduate debt (graduate students)

Fixed: 7.25%

Variable: 3M LIBOR + 3.0%, rounded to nearest 10th of a percent, adjusted quarterly, 3% cap on interest rate changes in any 12 month period

Payments of interest are required during the in-school and grace periods.

None Up to 10-20 years after in-school period, depending on loan balance. Up to 10 years for loan balances less than $20,000, up to 15 years for loan balances of $20,000 to $40,000 and up to 20 years for loan balances of $40,000 or more.
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)
Student borrower, non-student borrower and cosigner (required for student borrowers) must be New York residents.

Student must be matriculated in an eligible program at least half time at a participating New York college.

0.25% interest rate reduction for auto-debit.

Cosigner release option available for borrowers who satisfy credit criteria (at time of release) after 48 consecutive on-time payments after graduation. Only borrowers who pay at least the interest during the in-school period are eligible for cosigner release.

NYHELPs Principal & Interest Payments During In-School/Grace Period (required for non-student borrowers) $10,000 annual (freshmen)
$15,000 annual (sophomores)
$20,000 annual (juniors, seniors and graduate students)

$20,000 cumulative (2-year undergraduate)
$50,000 cumulative (4-year undergraduate)
$70,000 cumulative (undergraduate and graduate combined)

7.55% fixed 4% to 6% (with cosigner)
4% or 8% (non-student borrower without cosigner)
10 to 20 years, depending on amount borrowed
NYHELPs Interest-Only Payments During In-School/Grace Period (student borrowers only) 8.25% fixed 5% to 7% (with cosigner)
NYHELPs Full Deferment of Principal and Interest During In-School/Grace Period (student borrowers only) 8.75% fixed 7% (with cosigner)
PNC Education Lending
0.50% interest rate reduction for auto-debit. Co-signer release option after 48 consecutive on-time payments.

Rates effective 4/1/2014.

Additional information and disclosures are available on the PNC Education Lending web site.

PNC Solution Loan for Undergraduate Students $40,000 Variable Rate:
3.46% to 10.41%
(APRs 3.39% to 10.41%)
Based on LIBOR + 3.3% to LIBOR + 10.25%

Fixed Rate:
6.49% to 12.99% (APRs 6.26% to 12.99%)

No application or repayment fees 15 years
PNC Solution Loan for Graduate Students $65,000/year
$225,000 cumulative
No application or repayment fees 15 years
PNC Solution Loan for Health Professions $65,000/year
$225,000 cumulative
No application or repayment fees 15 years
PNC Solution Loan for Health Professions Residency Up to $15,000 No application or repayment fees 15 years
PNC Solution Loan for Bar Study Up to $15,000 No application or repayment fees 15 years
Regions Bank
Funded by Sallie Mae Bank.
Lender ID 900902.

Earn a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction for auto-debit.

The interest rates may be up to 0.50% better for borrowers who apply with a creditworthy cosigner.

Get a 2% Smart Reward rebate on on-time scheduled monthly interest payments or fixed $25 payments during the in-school period. (Not available with deferred repayment option. Rebates are deposited in the borrower's Upromise rebate account.)

There are three repayment options for students attending degree-granting institutions: Interest Repayment, Fixed Repayment and Deferred Repayment. Borrowers may mix and match the options if they wish, choosing a different option with each new loan. Interest rates are lower for the Interest Repayment and Fixed Repayment options. The lower balance at graduation for the Interest Repayment and Fixed Repayment options will yield a shorter repayment term for about the same monthly payment, letting the borrower repay their loans quicker and saving the borrower thousands of dollars in interest.

Borrowers may apply for cosigner release after they graduate and make 12 consecutive on-time principal and interest payments. Cosigner release is subject to credit review and approval. Borrower must be a US citizen or permanent resident to qualify for cosigner release.

Rates effective as of 8/27/2012. Additional terms, conditions and limitations apply. Regions Bank and Sallie Mae reserve the right to modify or discontinue products, services and benefits at any time without notice. The Regions web site provides additional details concerning the Smart Option Terms and APR information. You may also view the Loan Application Solicitation and Disclosure.

Smart Option Student Loan — Interest Repayment Option

Borrower agrees to make payments of at least the new interest that accrues during the in-school and six-month grace periods. Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

For Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional School Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 2.0% (2.25% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 8.875% (9.11% APR)

Fixed Rates: 5.75% (5.74% APR) to 11.875% (11.85% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 5-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Smart Option Student Loan — Fixed Repayment Option

The borrower agrees to make payments of $25 per month per loan during the in-school and six-month grace periods. Unpaid interest will be capitalized. Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

For Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional School Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 2.5% (2.75% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 9.375% (9.09% APR)

Fixed Rates: 6.25% (6.08% APR) to 12.375% (11.43% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 5-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Smart Option Student Loan — Deferred Repayment Option

Principal and interest payments are deferred while the borrower is in school and for six months after graduation. The interest is capitalized (added to the loan balance). Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

For Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional School Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 3.0% (3.17% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 9.875% (9.37% APR)

Fixed Rates: 6.75% (6.41% APR) to 12.875% (11.69% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 6-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA)
Loans are available for Rhode Island residents attending schools in and out-of-state and non-Rhode Island residents enrolled at an eligible Rhode Island college or university.

Rates are effective for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Rhode Island Family Education Loan (RIFEL) COA-Aid or $35,000/year
$175,000 cumulative
6.39% fixed (immediate repayment) with a 10-year repayment term
7.49% fixed (defer repayments until up to 6 months after graduation; 54 months deferment limit unless borrower enrolled fulltime in a 5 year program or graduate school) with a 15-year repayment term
0% 10-15 years
Sallie Mae
Funded by Sallie Mae Bank.
Lender ID 900905.

Get a 2% Smart Reward® rebate on on-time scheduled monthly interest payments or fixed $25 payments during the in-school period. (Not available with deferred repayment option. Rebates are deposited in the borrower's Upromise® rebate account.)

0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction for auto-debit.

The interest rates may be up to 0.50% better for borrowers who apply with a creditworthy cosigner.

There are three repayment options for students attending degree-granting institutions: Interest Repayment, Fixed Repayment and Deferred Repayment. Borrowers may mix and match the options if they wish, choosing a different option with each new loan. Interest rates are lower for the Interest Repayment and Fixed Repayment options. The lower balance at graduation for the Interest Repayment and Fixed Repayment options will yield a shorter repayment term for about the same monthly payment, letting the borrower repay their loans quicker and saving the borrower thousands of dollars in interest.

In addition, starting with the 2013-14 academic year, there is a new graduated repayment plan which provides the option of one year of interest-only payments for the first year after the loan enters repayment, followed by regularly amortized payments of principal and interest through the end of the repayment term. The graduated repayment option does not extend the term of the loan.

Borrowers may apply for cosigner release after they graduate and make 12 consecutive on-time principal and interest payments. Cosigner release is subject to credit review and approval. Borrower must be a US citizen or permanent resident to qualify for cosigner release.

Additional terms, conditions and limitations apply. Sallie Mae reserves the right to modify or discontinue products, services and benefits at any time without notice. The Sallie Mae web site provides additional details concerning the Smart Option Student loan terms and APR information. Check SallieMae.com/terms/SOSL for undergraduates and SallieMae.com/Gradterms/SOSL for graduates to obtain the most up-to-date information. Additional terms, conditions and limitations apply. Sallie Mae reserves the right to modify or discontinue products, services and benefits at any time without notice. The Sallie Mae web site provides additional details concerning the Smart Option Student loan terms and APR information. Check SallieMae.com to obtain the most up-to-date information.

Smart Option Student Loan — Interest Repayment Option

For Undergraduate Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

Borrower agrees to make payments of at least the new interest that accrues during the in-school and six-month grace periods. Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 2.0% (2.25% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 8.875% (9.11% APR)

Fixed Rates: 5.75% (5.74% APR) to 11.875% (11.85% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 5-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Smart Option Student Loan — Fixed Repayment Option

For Undergraduate Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

The borrower agrees to make payments of $25 per month per loan during the in-school and six-month grace periods. Unpaid interest will be capitalized. Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 2.5% (2.75% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 9.375% (9.09% APR)

Fixed Rates: 6.25% (6.08% APR) to 12.375% (11.43% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 5-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Smart Option Student Loan — Deferred Repayment Option

For Undergraduate Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

Principal and interest payments are deferred while the borrower is in school and for six months after graduation. The interest is capitalized (added to the loan balance). Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 3.0% (3.17% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 9.875% (9.37% APR)

Fixed Rates: 6.75% (6.41% APR) to 12.875% (11.86% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 6-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Smart Option Student Loan — Interest Repayment Option

For Graduate and Professional School Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

Borrower agrees to make payments of at least the new interest that accrues during the in-school and six-month grace periods. Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 2.0% (2.25% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 6.75% (6.99% APR)

Fixed Rates: 5.75% (5.74% APR) to 8.375% (8.36% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 5-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Smart Option Student Loan — Fixed Repayment Option

For Graduate and Professional School Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

The borrower agrees to make payments of $25 per month per loan during the in-school and six-month grace periods. Unpaid interest will be capitalized. Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 2.5% (2.75% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 7.00% (7.12% APR)

Fixed Rates: 6.25% (6.16% APR) to 8.625% (8.42% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 5-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Smart Option Student Loan — Deferred Repayment Option

For Graduate and Professional School Students attending degree-granting institutions only. (School Certified)

Principal and interest payments are deferred while the borrower is in school and for six months after graduation. The interest is capitalized (added to the loan balance). Payments of full principal and interest begin after the end of the six-month grace period.

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 3.0% (3.21% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 7.25% (7.27% APR)

Fixed Rates: 6.75% (6.56% APR) to 8.875% (8.56% APR)
No disbursement or repayment fees. 6-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Career Training Smart Option Student Loan — Interest Repayment Option

Full interest payments while in school and for six months thereafter. Payments of full principal and interest begin following the last day of the separation period and continue during the remainder of the term.

For students attending Career and Vocational Training Schools (School Certified)

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Interest Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 7.75% (7.99% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 11.75% (13.31% APR) 0%-5% disbursement fee. No repayment fees. 5-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Career Training Smart Option Student Loan — Fixed Repayment Option

Fixed payments of $25/month while in school and for six months thereafter. Payments of full principal and interest begin following the last day of the separation period and continue during the remainder of the term.

For students attending Career and Vocational Training Schools (School Certified)

COA-Aid ($1,000 minimum) Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 8.5% (8.70% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 12.5% (13.62% APR) 0%-5% disbursement fee. No repayment fees. 5-15 years based on loan balance and year in school.
Sallie Mae Bar Study Loan $1,000 (min)
$15,000 (max)
Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 3.50% (3.74% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 11.75% (12.74% APR) 0% to 5% at disbursement. No repayment fee. Up to 15 years.
Sallie Mae Residency and Relocation Loan $1,000 (min)
$15,000 (max)
Variable Rates: 1-month LIBOR + 3.0% (3.21% APR) to 1-month LIBOR + 9.75% (9.62% APR) No disbursement or repayment fees. Up to 20 years.
SoFi, Inc.
Available at 79 colleges and universities. Funded by alumni investors.

0.25% interest rate reduction for auto-debit.

Offers economic hardship forbearances and a repayment plan similar to income-based repayment.

SoFi Fixed Rate Student Loan COA-Aid
$6,000 minimum
$200,000 cumulative
6.24% (fixed) 0% 5, 10 or 15 years
South Carolina Student Loan Corporation Palmetto Assistance Loan COA-Aid
$100,000 cumulative
7.15% to 9.15% (fixed) 1% to 3% based on credit 10-15 years
Student Loan Network
0.25% interest rate reduction for auto-debit. 0.25% interest rate reduction for first 36 consecutive on-time payments (48 months for international).
Act Education Loan for Undergraduate Students COA-Aid
$40,000/year
$130,000 cumulative
LIBOR + 3.5%
LIBOR + 7.75%
3% to 10.5% 20 years
Act Education Loan for Graduate Students COA-Aid
$40,000/year
$130,000 cumulative
LIBOR + 3.5%
LIBOR + 7.75%
4.5% to 10.5% 20 years
Act Education Loan for K-12 Students COA-Aid
$30,000/year
$130,000 cumulative
LIBOR + 4.95% (min & max) 6% (min & max) 20 years
Act Education Loan for Continuing Education Students COA-Aid
$15,000/year
$30,000 cumulative
LIBOR + 3.75%
LIBOR + 8%
4.5% to 10.5% 20 years
GradLoans.com Graduate Student Loan COA-Aid
$50,000/year
$120,000 cumulative
LIBOR + 4.95%
LIBOR + 7.75%
Rates may differ according to repayment option. Rates during repayment may be higher than rates during the in-school period.
0% to 8% 15 years
GradLoans.com Medical School Loan COA-Aid
$70,000/year
$225,000 cumulative
20 years
GradLoans.com Dental School Loan COA-Aid
$70,000/year
$225,000 cumulative
20 years
GradLoans.com Law School Loan COA-Aid
$70,000/year
$130,000 cumulative
15 years
GradLoans.com MBA Student Loan COA-Aid
$70,000/year
$120,000 cumulative
15 years
GradLoans.com Bar Exam Loan $1,500 - $15,000 (one time loan) 15 years
GradLoans.com Medical Boards Exam Loan $1,500 - $15,000 (one time loan) 15 years
GradLoans.com Medical Residency/Relocation Loan $1,500 - $15,000 (one time loan) 15 years
GradLoans.com Dental Boards Exam Loan $1,500 - $15,000 (one time loan) 15 years
GradLoans.com Dental Residency/Relocation Loan $1,500 - $15,000 (one time loan) 15 years
InternationalStudentLoan.com - Undergradute Internationals in the U.S.
(TERI schools. Requires US citizen or permanent resident cosigner.)
COA-Aid
$40,000/year
$130,000 cumulative
LIBOR + 3.5%
LIBOR + 7.75%
3% to 10.5% 20 years
InternationalStudentLoan.com - Gradute Internationals in the U.S.
(TERI schools. Requires US citizen or permanent resident cosigner.)
COA-Aid
$40,000/year
$130,000 cumulative
LIBOR + 3.5%
LIBOR + 7.75%
4.5% to 10.5% 20 years
StudyAbroadLoans.com - Undergraduate Students Studying Abroad COA-Aid
$50,000/year
$120,000 cumulative
LIBOR + 4.95%
LIBOR + 7.75%
Rates may differ according to repayment option. Rates during repayment may be higher than rates during the in-school period.
0% to 8% 15 years
StudyAbroadLoans.com Graduate Students Studying Abroad COA-Aid
$70,000/year
$120,000 cumulative ($130,000 for law or osteopathic, $225,000 for medical or dental)
15-20 years
StudentLoans.com
(A Brazos company.)
Undergraduate Private Loan
Graduate Private Loan
Elementary / Middle School Private Loan
High School Private Loan
Continuing Education Private Loan
COA-Aid or $30,000 ($40,000 where COA > $30,000) whichever is less
No cumulative limit
LIBOR + 1.8%
LIBOR + 7.5%
0% to 9% 20 years
SunTrust Education Loans
0.25% interest rate reduction for auto-debit and an additional 0.25% interest rate reduction for auto-debit from a SunTrust Bank deposit account. 1% principal reduction after graduation. Cosigner release option after 48 months.

Rates effective 5/1/2012.

Certain restrictions and limitations may apply. SunTrust Bank reserves the right to change or discontinue these programs without notice. Please visit the Custom Choice Loan web site for detailed information regarding loan terms, conditions, and current APRs.

Custom Choice Loan COA-Aid or $65,000 (whichever is less)
$150,000 cumulative (includes federal and private student loan debt of borrower and cosigner, each)
Fixed: 3.75% to 12.25%

Variable: 1-month LIBOR + 2.25%
1-month LIBOR + 12.25%

0% 5 to 20 years, depending on loan amount
Union Federal
0.25% interest rate reduction for auto-debit. 0.25% interest rate reduction making the first 36 consecutive payments on-time (within 10 days of the due date). Interest rates effective as of 7/1/2011.
Union Federal Private Student Loan COA-Aid
$150,000 aggregate
3M LIBOR + 2.60%
3M LIBOR + 8.99%
None Borrower choice of a 5, 10 or 15-year repayment term plus a 6-month grace period
Wells Fargo Private Student Loans
0.25% interest rate reduction for auto-debit from a personal checking or savings account. 0.25% interest rate reduction upon validation of graduation. Up to 1.00% interest rate reduction with existing qualifying Wells Fargo account (0.50% after 9/30/2012). Benefits listed may vary and are subject to change. Variable rate has a floor rate of 3.25%.

Terms effective as of 6/25/2012.

Interest rates are subject to change daily.

Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan COA-Aid
$120,000 cumulative
Variable Rates: PRIME + 0.25% to PRIME + 6.74% (Current APR 3.402% to 9.242%)

Fixed Rates: 6.99% to 13.74% (APR 6.62% to 12.36%)

0% 15 years
MedCAP Alternative Loan COA-Aid
$120,000 to $250,000 cumulative, depending on program
Variable Rates: PRIME + 1.50% to PRIME + 4.0%

Fixed Rates: 7.79% to 9.99%

0% 15-20 years
MedCAP XTRA $12,500 for medical boards and clinical exams, $15,000 for residency interview and relocation, $5,000 for internships. Subject to same aggregate limits as MedCAP Alternative Loan. Variable Rate: PRIME + 4.5%

Fixed Rates: 7.79% to 9.99%

0% 15-20 years
Wells Fargo Graduate Loan COA-Aid
$120,000 to $180,000 cumulative, depending on program
Variable Rates: PRIME + 1.50% to PRIME + 5.00% (APR 4.680% to 8.036%)

Fixed Rates: 7.79% to 9.99% (APR 7.6% to 9.675%)

0% 15 years
Wells Fargo Bar Exam Loan $12,000
$180,000 aggregate
Variable Rate: PRIME + 4.5%

Fixed Rates: 7.79% to 9.99%

0% 15 years
Wells Fargo Private Student Loan for Career and Community Colleges COA-Aid

$15,000/year 2-Year School
$30,000 cumulative

$20,000/year 4-Year School
$100,000 aggregate
Variable Rates: PRIME + 2.25% to PRIME + 8.74%
Fixed Rates: 8.99% to 15.74%
No fees 15 years
Wells Fargo Private Student Loan for Parents $25,000/year
$100,000 cumulative
Variable Rates: PRIME + 0.25% to PRIME + 6.49%

Fixed Rates: 7.48% to 13.99%

No fees. 15 years

Special Uses

Loans which can be used for study abroad include:

  • Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan

Loans which do not require school certification include:

  • None

Loans which can be used for previous school charges include:

  • Charter One TruFit Student Loan
  • Citizens Bank TruFit Student Loan
  • Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA)
  • PNC Solution Loan
  • Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan
  • Sallie Mae Career Training Smart Option Student Loan
  • Texas Extra Credit Education Loan
  • The Maine Loan and The Maine Medical Loan
  • Think Financial

Most are available for up to six months after the end of the semester. Some are available for 60 days and some for up to a year.

Loans which do not require the borrower to be enrolled in a degree-seeking program include:

  • Sallie Mae Career Training Smart Option Student Loan

Interest rates and fees may be higher for borrowers who are not enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

Loans which do not require the borrower to be enrolled at least half-time include:

  • Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan
  • Sallie Mae Career Training Smart Option Student Loan
  • Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan
Some continuing education loans do not require at least half-time enrollment.

Loans which are available to international students include:

  • Discover Student Loans (Social Security number and eligible US cosigner required)
  • iHELP Student Loan (Eligible US cosigner required)
  • Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan

Typically international students are eligible only with a creditworthy cosigner (who must be a US citizen or permanent resident) and appropriate US Citizenship and Immigration Service documentation.

Loans offering a fixed interest rate:

  • State Loan Programs
    • CHESLA Loan (Connecticut)
    • Dakota Education Alternative Loan (DEAL) (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming or Wisconsin)
    • MEFA Loan for Undergraduate Education (Massachusetts)
    • The Maine Loan (Maine)
    • NYHELPs (New York)
    • Palmetto Assistance Loan (South Carolina)
    • Rhode Island Family Education Loan (RIFEL) (Rhode Island)
    • SELF Loan (Minnesota)
  • Private Student Loan Programs
    • Charter One TruFit Student Loan
    • Citizens Bank TruFit Student Loan
    • Discover Student Loans
    • PNC Education Lending
    • Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan
    • Social Finance, Inc.
    • SunTrust Custom Choice Loan
    • Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan
Loans which are discharged upon the death or total and permanent disability of the primary borrower include:
  • Discover Student Loans
  • New York Higher Education Services Corporation's NYHELPs
  • Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan
  • Sallie Mae Career Training Smart Option Student Loan
  • Wells Fargo (all past and present private student loans)
The TruFit loan from Charter One and Citizens Bank provides for cosigner release upon the death or total and permanent disability of the student borrower.

Definitions

  • LIBOR is the 3-month average of the London Interbank Offered Rate. LIBOR is the average interest rate paid on deposits of US dollars in the London market.
  • PRIME is the Prime Lending Rate as published in the Wall Street Journal. This is the rate banks charge their most creditworthy customers.
  • COA-Aid is the Cost of Attendance minus all other student aid received.
  • APR is the Annual Percentage Rate, a rate that factors in the interest rate, fees, and other terms.

Current LIBOR and Prime Lending rates can be found in the Federal Reserve's Statistical Release. The LIBOR rate appears in the London Eurodollar Deposits lines (1, 3 and 6 month figures) and the Prime Lending Rate appears in the Bank Prime Loan line.

The current (weekly) interest rates are:

  • Prime Lending Rate: 3.25%
  • LIBOR (1 month): 0.29%
  • LIBOR (3 months): 0.42%
  • 91-day T-Bill: 0.09%

The current spread between the Prime Lending Rate and the 3-month LIBOR is 2.83%. The current spread between the Prime Lending Rate and the 1-month LIBOR is 2.96%.

 

 
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