What are my private student loan options?

Sallie Mae® Smart Option Student Loan® for Degree Granting Institutions

When grants, scholarships, and federal aid are not enough, choose the Smart Option Student Loan. You can apply for the money you need for college, and the flexibility you want.

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Benefits

  • Competitive variable interest rates - 2.62% APR to 9.69% APR1 (Competitive fixed interest rates also available)
  • No origination fee and no prepayment penalties
  • Easy online application accessible on all devices
  • Get a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction while enrolled to make scheduled monthly payments by automatic debit2
  • Borrow up to 100% of your school-certified cost of attendance3
  • If a parent or other creditworthy individual cosigns the loan with you, it may give you a better chance of approval.
  • You may apply to release your cosigner from the loan after you graduate, make 12 on-time principal and interest payments and meet certain credit requirements4
  • Quarterly FICO® Credit Scores are available online for free. You can view your quarterly FICO® Score by logging into your Sallie Mae® account. You'll also receive access to the key factor(s) affecting your score and educational content to help you understand why viewing your FICO® Score is important. This free benefit is available to both borrowers and cosigners.5

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Apply With a Cosigner

We strongly encourage students to apply with a creditworthy cosigner if they may have difficulty qualifying for a loan due to limited income and credit history. This may increase an applicant's chance of approval.

Features

  • Applying is easy — it only takes about 15 minutes to apply and get a credit result.
  • No prepayment penalty
  • 24/7 online account management

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Encouraging Responsible Borrowing

Sallie Mae has helped more than 30 million Americans pay for college since 1972. We encourage students and families to supplement savings by exploring grants, scholarships and federal and state student loans, and to consider the anticipated monthly payments on their total student loan debt and their expected future earnings before considering a private education loan.


This information is for borrowers attending degree-granting institutions only.  You must attend a participating school or have attended one in an eligible prior enrollment period. You must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident or a Non-U.S. citizen borrower who is attending or has attended a school located in the U.S. applying with a creditworthy cosigner (who must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident) and required U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) documentation. U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in eligible study abroad programs or who are attending or have attended schools located outside the U.S. are also eligible.  Applications are subject to a requested minimum loan amount of $1,000.  Current credit and other eligibility criteria apply.

1Interest rates for the Fixed and Deferred Repayment Options are higher than interest rates for the Interest Repayment Option. Variable rates may increase after consummation. Interest is charged while you are in school and during the 6-month separation period. Unpaid Interest will be added to the Current Principal when you enter principal and interest repayment.

2Either the borrower or cosigner (not both) must enroll in auto debit through Sallie Mae. The rate reduction benefit applies only during active repayment for as long as the Current Amount Due is successfully deducted from the designated bank account each month and is suspended during forbearances and certain deferments.

3Sallie Mae reserves the right to approve a lower loan amount than the school certified amount.

4Only the borrower may apply for cosigner release. Borrowers who meet the age of majority in their state may apply for cosigner release by providing proof of graduation (or completion of certification program), income, and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (if your status has changed since you applied). In the last 12 months, the borrower must be current on all Sallie Mae serviced loans (including no hardship forbearances or modified repayment programs) and have paid ahead or made 12 on-time principal and interest payments on each loan requested for release. When the cosigner release application is processed, the borrower must demonstrate the ability to assume full responsibility of the loan(s) individually, and pass a credit review that demonstrates a satisfactory credit history including but not limited to no: open bankruptcy, open foreclosure, student loan(s) in default or 90 day delinquencies in the last 24 months. Requirements are subject to change.

5Borrowers and cosigners may receive their FICO® Score quarterly after the first disbursement of their student loan.  FICO® Scores are delivered only to borrowers and cosigners who have an available score, are based on data from TransUnion, and may be different from other credit scores. This benefit may change or end in the future.  FICO® is a registered trademark of the Fair Isaac Corporation in the United States and other countries..

Information advertised valid as of 8/25/2016

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What are my private student loan options?