Updated: October 26, 2020

Best Private Student Loans for Graduate Students

Savingforcollege.com evaluates a full range of private student loans and has developed a methodology for ranking them based on a set of objective criteria. Below is our current list of the ten best private student loans available for graduate students. Be sure to pursue your other options, such as scholarships, grants, work-study, and federal student loans, before turning to private student loans to fill any funding gaps you may face.

Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
Variable APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.56% - 13.42%
3.65% - 12.40%
7 years, 10 years, 12 years, 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.56% - 13.42%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
3.65% - 12.40%
Terms
7 years, 10 years, 12 years, 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (2%), Reward of $525 per successful referral, and Graduation Reward (1%)
Graduate Student Loan Rating
4.49% - 12.99%
1.87% - 12.37%
Up to 20 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.49% - 12.99%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.87% - 12.37%
Terms
Up to 20 years
Fees
No fees
Offers
Good grades reward, Autopay discount (0.25%), Interest-only repayment discount (0.35%), and Multi-year option
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Advertising Disclosure
×

Borrow responsibly
We encourage students and families to start with savings, grants, scholarships, and federal student loans to pay for college. Students and families should evaluate all anticipated monthly loan payments, and how much the student expects to earn in the future, before considering a private student loan.

This information is for undergraduate students attending participating degree-granting schools. Borrowers must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents if the school is located outside of the United States. Non-U.S. citizen borrowers who reside in the U.S. are eligible with a creditworthy cosigner (who must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident) and are required to provide an unexpired government-issued photo ID to verify identity. Applications are subject to a requested minimum loan amount of $1,000. Current credit and other eligibility criteria apply.

1 This promotional benefit is provided at no cost to borrowers with loans that first disburse between July 1, 2018 and April 30, 2021. Borrowers who reside in, attend school in, or borrow for a student attending school in Maine are not eligible for this benefit. No cash value. Terms and Conditions apply. Please visit chegg.com/studystarter/termsandconditions for complete details. This offer expires one year after issuance.

2 Interest is charged throughout the life of the loan—beginning with disbursement, during school, through any grace/separation period, and ending when the loan is paid in full. With the Fixed and Deferred Repayment Options, the interest rate is higher than with the Interest Repayment Option and Unpaid Interest is added to the loan’s Current Principal at the end of the grace/separation period. Payments may be required during the grace/separation period depending on the repayment option selected. Variable rates may increase over the life of the loan. Advertised variable rates reflect the starting range of rates and may vary outside of that range over the life of the loan. Advertised APRs assume a $10,000 loan to a freshman with no other Sallie Mae loans.

3 You must apply for a new loan each school year. This approval percentage is based on students with a Sallie Mae undergraduate loan in the 2018/19 school year who were approved when they returned in 2019/20. It does not include the denied applications of students who were ultimately approved in 2019/20.

4 Loan amount cannot exceed the cost of attendance less financial aid received as certified by the school. Sallie Mae reserves the right to approve a lower loan amount than the school-certified amount. Miscellaneous personal expenses (such as a laptop) may be included in the cost of attendance for students enrolled at least half time.

5 Although we do not charge a penalty or fee if you prepay your loan, any prepayment will be applied as outlined in your promissory note—first to Unpaid Fees and costs, then to Unpaid Interest, and then to Current Principal.

6 Borrower or cosigner must enroll in auto debit through Sallie Mae to receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction benefit. This benefit applies only during active repayment for as long as the Current Amount Due or Designated Amount is successfully withdrawn from the authorized bank account each month and may be suspended during periods of forbearance or deferment, if available for the loan.

7  This repayment example is based on a typical Smart Option Student Loan made to a freshman borrower who chooses a variable rate and the Fixed Repayment Option for a $10,000 loan, with two disbursements, and a 10.81% variable APR. It works out to 51 payments of $25.00, 119 payments of $191.03 and one payment of $121.54, for a Total Loan Cost of $24,129.11. Variable rates may increase over the life of the loan.

8 Savings comparison assumes a freshman student with no other Sallie Mae loans receives a $10,000 Smart Option Student Loan with the most common variable rate as of August 2020.

9 Based on a comparison of approval rates for Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loans for undergraduate students who applied with a cosigner versus without a cosigner during a rolling 12-month period from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

10 Based on a rolling 12-month period from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

Sallie Mae loans are made by Sallie Mae Bank.

Information advertised valid as of 10/1/2020.

SALLIE MAE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR DISCONTINUE PRODUCTS, SERVICES, AND BENEFITS AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. CHECK SALLIEMAE.COM FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE PRODUCT INFORMATION.

4.25% - 12.35%
1.25% - 11.10%
5 years to 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.25% - 12.35%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.25% - 11.10%
Terms
5 years to 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (0.25%) and Cosigner release
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Advertising Disclosure
4.13% - 11.83%
1.77% - 11.73%
5 years, 10 years, 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.13% - 11.83%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.77% - 11.73%
Terms
5 years, 10 years, 15 years
Fees
No fees
Offers
Current customer discount (0.125%), Autopay discount (0.25%), and Cosigner release
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Advertising Disclosure
3.49% - 10.99%
1.24% - 9.89%
Up to 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
3.49% - 10.99%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.24% - 9.89%
Terms
Up to 15 years
Fees
No fees
Offers
Autopay discount (0.25%), Customizable payment due date, and Option to Skip 1 payment every 12 months
Graduate Student Loan Rating
4.64% - 11.53%
1.67% - 11.00%
5 years, 10 years, 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.64% - 11.53%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.67% - 11.00%
Terms
5 years, 10 years, 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Current customer discount (0.25%), Autopay discount (0.25%), and Cosigner release
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Advertising Disclosure
×

College Ave Student Loans products are made available through either Firstrust Bank, member FDIC or M.Y. Safra Bank, FSB, member FDIC. All loans are subject to individual approval and adherence to underwriting guidelines. Program restrictions, other terms, and conditions apply.

(1)The 0.25% auto-pay interest rate reduction applies as long as a valid bank account is designated for required monthly payments. Variable rates may increase after consummation.

Information advertised valid as of 9/1/2020. Variable interest rates may increase after consummation.

 

 

 

4.14% - 11.98%
1.39% - 10.97%
5 years, 8 years, 10 years, 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.14% - 11.98%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.39% - 10.97%
Terms
5 years, 8 years, 10 years, 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (0.25%), Graduation reward ($150), and Cosigner release
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Advertising Disclosure
4.75% - 12.11%
2.25% - 11.76%
15 to 20 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.75% - 12.11%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
2.25% - 11.76%
Terms
15 to 20 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (0.25%) and Cosigner release
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Advertising Disclosure
4.25% - 12.35%
1.25% - 11.10%
5 years, 10 years, 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.25% - 12.35%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.25% - 11.10%
Terms
5 years, 10 years, 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (0.25%), Cosigner release, and One-time payment due date change
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Advertising Disclosure
4.39% - 8.68%
4.39% - 8.59%
5 years, 7 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.39% - 8.68%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.39% - 8.59%
Terms
5 years, 7 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Employment discount (0.25%), Autopay discount (0.25%), and Cosigner release
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Lender
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
Variable APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
Repayment Terms
Our Rating
4.56% - 13.42%
3.65% - 12.40%
7 years, 10 years, 12 years, 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.56% - 13.42%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
3.65% - 12.40%
Terms
7 years, 10 years, 12 years, 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (2%), Reward of $525 per successful referral, and Graduation Reward (1%)
Graduate Student Loan Rating
4.49% - 12.99%
1.87% - 12.37%
Up to 20 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.49% - 12.99%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.87% - 12.37%
Terms
Up to 20 years
Fees
No fees
Offers
Good grades reward, Autopay discount (0.25%), Interest-only repayment discount (0.35%), and Multi-year option
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Advertising Disclosure
3.49% - 10.99%
1.24% - 9.89%
Up to 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
3.49% - 10.99%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.24% - 9.89%
Terms
Up to 15 years
Fees
No fees
Offers
Autopay discount (0.25%), Customizable payment due date, and Option to Skip 1 payment every 12 months
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Lender
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
Variable APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
Repayment Terms
Our Rating
4.56% - 13.42%
3.65% - 12.40%
7 years, 10 years, 12 years, 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.56% - 13.42%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
3.65% - 12.40%
Terms
7 years, 10 years, 12 years, 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (2%), Reward of $525 per successful referral, and Graduation Reward (1%)
Graduate Student Loan Rating
4.49% - 12.99%
1.87% - 12.37%
Up to 20 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.49% - 12.99%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.87% - 12.37%
Terms
Up to 20 years
Fees
No fees
Offers
Good grades reward, Autopay discount (0.25%), Interest-only repayment discount (0.35%), and Multi-year option
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Advertising Disclosure
4.13% - 11.83%
1.77% - 11.73%
5 years, 10 years, 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.13% - 11.83%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.77% - 11.73%
Terms
5 years, 10 years, 15 years
Fees
No fees
Offers
Current customer discount (0.125%), Autopay discount (0.25%), and Cosigner release
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Lender
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
Variable APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
Repayment Terms
Our Rating
4.56% - 13.42%
3.65% - 12.40%
7 years, 10 years, 12 years, 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.56% - 13.42%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
3.65% - 12.40%
Terms
7 years, 10 years, 12 years, 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (2%), Reward of $525 per successful referral, and Graduation Reward (1%)
Graduate Student Loan Rating
4.49% - 12.99%
1.87% - 12.37%
Up to 20 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.49% - 12.99%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.87% - 12.37%
Terms
Up to 20 years
Fees
No fees
Offers
Good grades reward, Autopay discount (0.25%), Interest-only repayment discount (0.35%), and Multi-year option
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Advertising Disclosure
×

Borrow responsibly
We encourage students and families to start with savings, grants, scholarships, and federal student loans to pay for college. Students and families should evaluate all anticipated monthly loan payments, and how much the student expects to earn in the future, before considering a private student loan.

This information is for undergraduate students attending participating degree-granting schools. Borrowers must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents if the school is located outside of the United States. Non-U.S. citizen borrowers who reside in the U.S. are eligible with a creditworthy cosigner (who must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident) and are required to provide an unexpired government-issued photo ID to verify identity. Applications are subject to a requested minimum loan amount of $1,000. Current credit and other eligibility criteria apply.

1 This promotional benefit is provided at no cost to borrowers with loans that first disburse between July 1, 2018 and April 30, 2021. Borrowers who reside in, attend school in, or borrow for a student attending school in Maine are not eligible for this benefit. No cash value. Terms and Conditions apply. Please visit chegg.com/studystarter/termsandconditions for complete details. This offer expires one year after issuance.

2 Interest is charged throughout the life of the loan—beginning with disbursement, during school, through any grace/separation period, and ending when the loan is paid in full. With the Fixed and Deferred Repayment Options, the interest rate is higher than with the Interest Repayment Option and Unpaid Interest is added to the loan’s Current Principal at the end of the grace/separation period. Payments may be required during the grace/separation period depending on the repayment option selected. Variable rates may increase over the life of the loan. Advertised variable rates reflect the starting range of rates and may vary outside of that range over the life of the loan. Advertised APRs assume a $10,000 loan to a freshman with no other Sallie Mae loans.

3 You must apply for a new loan each school year. This approval percentage is based on students with a Sallie Mae undergraduate loan in the 2018/19 school year who were approved when they returned in 2019/20. It does not include the denied applications of students who were ultimately approved in 2019/20.

4 Loan amount cannot exceed the cost of attendance less financial aid received as certified by the school. Sallie Mae reserves the right to approve a lower loan amount than the school-certified amount. Miscellaneous personal expenses (such as a laptop) may be included in the cost of attendance for students enrolled at least half time.

5 Although we do not charge a penalty or fee if you prepay your loan, any prepayment will be applied as outlined in your promissory note—first to Unpaid Fees and costs, then to Unpaid Interest, and then to Current Principal.

6 Borrower or cosigner must enroll in auto debit through Sallie Mae to receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction benefit. This benefit applies only during active repayment for as long as the Current Amount Due or Designated Amount is successfully withdrawn from the authorized bank account each month and may be suspended during periods of forbearance or deferment, if available for the loan.

7  This repayment example is based on a typical Smart Option Student Loan made to a freshman borrower who chooses a variable rate and the Fixed Repayment Option for a $10,000 loan, with two disbursements, and a 10.81% variable APR. It works out to 51 payments of $25.00, 119 payments of $191.03 and one payment of $121.54, for a Total Loan Cost of $24,129.11. Variable rates may increase over the life of the loan.

8 Savings comparison assumes a freshman student with no other Sallie Mae loans receives a $10,000 Smart Option Student Loan with the most common variable rate as of August 2020.

9 Based on a comparison of approval rates for Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loans for undergraduate students who applied with a cosigner versus without a cosigner during a rolling 12-month period from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

10 Based on a rolling 12-month period from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

Sallie Mae loans are made by Sallie Mae Bank.

Information advertised valid as of 10/1/2020.

SALLIE MAE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR DISCONTINUE PRODUCTS, SERVICES, AND BENEFITS AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. CHECK SALLIEMAE.COM FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE PRODUCT INFORMATION.

4.25% - 12.35%
1.25% - 11.10%
5 years to 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.25% - 12.35%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.25% - 11.10%
Terms
5 years to 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (0.25%) and Cosigner release
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Lender
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
Variable APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
Repayment Terms
Our Rating
Advertising Disclosure
×

Borrow responsibly
We encourage students and families to start with savings, grants, scholarships, and federal student loans to pay for college. Students and families should evaluate all anticipated monthly loan payments, and how much the student expects to earn in the future, before considering a private student loan.

This information is for undergraduate students attending participating degree-granting schools. Borrowers must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents if the school is located outside of the United States. Non-U.S. citizen borrowers who reside in the U.S. are eligible with a creditworthy cosigner (who must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident) and are required to provide an unexpired government-issued photo ID to verify identity. Applications are subject to a requested minimum loan amount of $1,000. Current credit and other eligibility criteria apply.

1 This promotional benefit is provided at no cost to borrowers with loans that first disburse between July 1, 2018 and April 30, 2021. Borrowers who reside in, attend school in, or borrow for a student attending school in Maine are not eligible for this benefit. No cash value. Terms and Conditions apply. Please visit chegg.com/studystarter/termsandconditions for complete details. This offer expires one year after issuance.

2 Interest is charged throughout the life of the loan—beginning with disbursement, during school, through any grace/separation period, and ending when the loan is paid in full. With the Fixed and Deferred Repayment Options, the interest rate is higher than with the Interest Repayment Option and Unpaid Interest is added to the loan’s Current Principal at the end of the grace/separation period. Payments may be required during the grace/separation period depending on the repayment option selected. Variable rates may increase over the life of the loan. Advertised variable rates reflect the starting range of rates and may vary outside of that range over the life of the loan. Advertised APRs assume a $10,000 loan to a freshman with no other Sallie Mae loans.

3 You must apply for a new loan each school year. This approval percentage is based on students with a Sallie Mae undergraduate loan in the 2018/19 school year who were approved when they returned in 2019/20. It does not include the denied applications of students who were ultimately approved in 2019/20.

4 Loan amount cannot exceed the cost of attendance less financial aid received as certified by the school. Sallie Mae reserves the right to approve a lower loan amount than the school-certified amount. Miscellaneous personal expenses (such as a laptop) may be included in the cost of attendance for students enrolled at least half time.

5 Although we do not charge a penalty or fee if you prepay your loan, any prepayment will be applied as outlined in your promissory note—first to Unpaid Fees and costs, then to Unpaid Interest, and then to Current Principal.

6 Borrower or cosigner must enroll in auto debit through Sallie Mae to receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction benefit. This benefit applies only during active repayment for as long as the Current Amount Due or Designated Amount is successfully withdrawn from the authorized bank account each month and may be suspended during periods of forbearance or deferment, if available for the loan.

7  This repayment example is based on a typical Smart Option Student Loan made to a freshman borrower who chooses a variable rate and the Fixed Repayment Option for a $10,000 loan, with two disbursements, and a 10.81% variable APR. It works out to 51 payments of $25.00, 119 payments of $191.03 and one payment of $121.54, for a Total Loan Cost of $24,129.11. Variable rates may increase over the life of the loan.

8 Savings comparison assumes a freshman student with no other Sallie Mae loans receives a $10,000 Smart Option Student Loan with the most common variable rate as of August 2020.

9 Based on a comparison of approval rates for Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loans for undergraduate students who applied with a cosigner versus without a cosigner during a rolling 12-month period from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

10 Based on a rolling 12-month period from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

Sallie Mae loans are made by Sallie Mae Bank.

Information advertised valid as of 10/1/2020.

SALLIE MAE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR DISCONTINUE PRODUCTS, SERVICES, AND BENEFITS AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. CHECK SALLIEMAE.COM FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE PRODUCT INFORMATION.

4.25% - 12.35%
1.25% - 11.10%
5 years to 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.25% - 12.35%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.25% - 11.10%
Terms
5 years to 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (0.25%) and Cosigner release
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Advertising Disclosure
4.75% - 12.11%
2.25% - 11.76%
15 to 20 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.75% - 12.11%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
2.25% - 11.76%
Terms
15 to 20 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (0.25%) and Cosigner release
Graduate Student Loan Rating
4.56% - 13.42%
3.65% - 12.40%
7 years, 10 years, 12 years, 15 years
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
4.56% - 13.42%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
3.65% - 12.40%
Terms
7 years, 10 years, 12 years, 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (2%), Reward of $525 per successful referral, and Graduation Reward (1%)
Graduate Student Loan Rating
Lender
Fixed APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
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Wells Fargo private student loans are subject to credit qualification, completion of a loan application and consumer credit agreement, verification of application information and, if applicable, a self-certification form, the school’s certification of loan amount, and the student’s enrollment at a Wells Fargo-participating school.

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Borrow up to the cost of education loan amount is dependent on the loan product, other financial aid, creditworthiness, and other factors. Aggregate and annual loan limits may apply. The cost of attendance is determined and certified by the educational institution.

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Students are not required to make payments while in school; repayment begins 6 months after you graduate or leave school. The maximum in-school period is 5 years after the date of first disbursement. Interest accrues during any in-school period, and is capitalized to the loan upon entering repayment.

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Discount eligible during application: You may qualify for a relationship interest rate discount if you or your cosigner (if applicable) have any of the following with Wells Fargo prior to your Final Loan Disclosure being issued:

  • Portfolio by Wells Fargo® program checking account — 0.50% discount
    Portfolio by Wells Fargo® program checking accounts: Private Bank Checking, Private Bank Dividend Checking, Private Bank Interest Checking, Wells Fargo Portfolio Checking, Wells Fargo Prime Checking.
  • A qualifying Wells Fargo consumer checking account — 0.25% discount
    Wells Fargo consumer checking accounts: Complete Advantage® Checking, Crown Banking® Checking, Custom Management® Checking, Opportunity Checking®Premium Membership® Checking, Way2Save® Checking, Wells Fargo College Checking®, Wells Fargo Everyday Checking, Wells Fargo Preferred Checking, Wells Fargo At WorkSM Checking.
  • A prior federal or private student loan made by Wells Fargo — 0.25% discount (prior Wachovia federal student loans are not eligible).

Only one qualifying relationship discount will apply. You will receive the applicable discount for the life of the loan.

Discount eligible during repayment: You may qualify for a 0.25% interest rate discount if you set up automatically withdrawn payments (ACH), directly with Wells Fargo Education Financial Services (EFS), from a designated deposit account. This discount does not apply to bill pay or automatic transfers not set up directly with Wells Fargo EFS. If the automatic payment is canceled at any time after repayment begins, the discount will be lost until automatic payment is reinstated. The 0.25% interest rate reduction is effective the day after the first payment is made using automatic withdrawal during the repayment period. Discount helps reduce the amount of interest paid over the life of the loan(s). The automatic payment discount may not change your current payment amount depending on the type of loan(s) you receive, but may reduce the number of payments or reduce the amount of your final payment. ACH payments and discount will discontinue upon entering forbearance periods. Wells Fargo reserves the right to modify or discontinue interest rate discount program(s) for future loans or to discontinue loan programs at any time without notice. For details, including eligibility requirements, visit us at wellsfargo.com/student or call 1-800-658-3567.

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The lowest annual percentage rate (APR) includes a customer interest rate discount of 0.25% for having a prior student loan with Wells Fargo or a qualified Wells Fargo consumer checking account. Variable interest rates are based on an index, plus a margin. The Index is equal to the Prime rate published in The Wall Street Journal. The APR for a variable rate loan may increase during the life of the loan if the index increases. This may result in higher monthly payments. Rates are current as of 07/15/2020 and are subject to change without notice. Wells Fargo reserves the right to change rates, terms, and fees at any time. Your actual APR will depend upon your credit transaction and credit history, and will be determined when a credit decision is made.

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Annual Percentage Rates and payments are representative samples for educational purposes only and may not reflect our current or actual loan rate offers or available percentage rates. Your actual APR will depend upon your credit transaction and your credit history and will be determined when a credit decision is made.

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5.64% - 11.76%
3.21% - 9.44%
15 years
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5.64% - 11.76%
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3.21% - 9.44%
Terms
15 years
Fees
No fees
Offers
Current customer discount (0.25%-0.50%), Autopay discount (0.25%), and Cosigner release
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3.49% - 10.99%
1.24% - 9.89%
Up to 15 years
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3.49% - 10.99%
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1.24% - 9.89%
Terms
Up to 15 years
Fees
No fees
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Autopay discount (0.25%), Customizable payment due date, and Option to Skip 1 payment every 12 months
Graduate Student Loan Rating
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4.75% - 12.11%
2.25% - 11.76%
15 to 20 years
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4.75% - 12.11%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
2.25% - 11.76%
Terms
15 to 20 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (0.25%) and Cosigner release
Graduate Student Loan Rating
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4.25% - 12.35%
1.25% - 11.10%
5 years, 10 years, 15 years
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4.25% - 12.35%
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1.25% - 11.10%
Terms
5 years, 10 years, 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (0.25%), Cosigner release, and One-time payment due date change
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4.56% - 13.42%
3.65% - 12.40%
7 years, 10 years, 12 years, 15 years
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4.56% - 13.42%
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3.65% - 12.40%
Terms
7 years, 10 years, 12 years, 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (2%), Reward of $525 per successful referral, and Graduation Reward (1%)
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Borrow responsibly
We encourage students and families to start with savings, grants, scholarships, and federal student loans to pay for college. Students and families should evaluate all anticipated monthly loan payments, and how much the student expects to earn in the future, before considering a private student loan.

This information is for undergraduate students attending participating degree-granting schools. Borrowers must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents if the school is located outside of the United States. Non-U.S. citizen borrowers who reside in the U.S. are eligible with a creditworthy cosigner (who must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident) and are required to provide an unexpired government-issued photo ID to verify identity. Applications are subject to a requested minimum loan amount of $1,000. Current credit and other eligibility criteria apply.

1 This promotional benefit is provided at no cost to borrowers with loans that first disburse between July 1, 2018 and April 30, 2021. Borrowers who reside in, attend school in, or borrow for a student attending school in Maine are not eligible for this benefit. No cash value. Terms and Conditions apply. Please visit chegg.com/studystarter/termsandconditions for complete details. This offer expires one year after issuance.

2 Interest is charged throughout the life of the loan—beginning with disbursement, during school, through any grace/separation period, and ending when the loan is paid in full. With the Fixed and Deferred Repayment Options, the interest rate is higher than with the Interest Repayment Option and Unpaid Interest is added to the loan’s Current Principal at the end of the grace/separation period. Payments may be required during the grace/separation period depending on the repayment option selected. Variable rates may increase over the life of the loan. Advertised variable rates reflect the starting range of rates and may vary outside of that range over the life of the loan. Advertised APRs assume a $10,000 loan to a freshman with no other Sallie Mae loans.

3 You must apply for a new loan each school year. This approval percentage is based on students with a Sallie Mae undergraduate loan in the 2018/19 school year who were approved when they returned in 2019/20. It does not include the denied applications of students who were ultimately approved in 2019/20.

4 Loan amount cannot exceed the cost of attendance less financial aid received as certified by the school. Sallie Mae reserves the right to approve a lower loan amount than the school-certified amount. Miscellaneous personal expenses (such as a laptop) may be included in the cost of attendance for students enrolled at least half time.

5 Although we do not charge a penalty or fee if you prepay your loan, any prepayment will be applied as outlined in your promissory note—first to Unpaid Fees and costs, then to Unpaid Interest, and then to Current Principal.

6 Borrower or cosigner must enroll in auto debit through Sallie Mae to receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction benefit. This benefit applies only during active repayment for as long as the Current Amount Due or Designated Amount is successfully withdrawn from the authorized bank account each month and may be suspended during periods of forbearance or deferment, if available for the loan.

7  This repayment example is based on a typical Smart Option Student Loan made to a freshman borrower who chooses a variable rate and the Fixed Repayment Option for a $10,000 loan, with two disbursements, and a 10.81% variable APR. It works out to 51 payments of $25.00, 119 payments of $191.03 and one payment of $121.54, for a Total Loan Cost of $24,129.11. Variable rates may increase over the life of the loan.

8 Savings comparison assumes a freshman student with no other Sallie Mae loans receives a $10,000 Smart Option Student Loan with the most common variable rate as of August 2020.

9 Based on a comparison of approval rates for Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loans for undergraduate students who applied with a cosigner versus without a cosigner during a rolling 12-month period from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

10 Based on a rolling 12-month period from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

Sallie Mae loans are made by Sallie Mae Bank.

Information advertised valid as of 10/1/2020.

SALLIE MAE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR DISCONTINUE PRODUCTS, SERVICES, AND BENEFITS AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. CHECK SALLIEMAE.COM FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE PRODUCT INFORMATION.

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1.25% - 11.10%
5 years to 15 years
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4.25% - 12.35%
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1.25% - 11.10%
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5 years to 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (0.25%) and Cosigner release
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6.12% - 9.77%
5.23% - 9.58%
5 years, 10 years, 15 years
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6.12% - 9.77%
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5.23% - 9.58%
Terms
5 years, 10 years, 15 years
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Late fees
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Autopay discount (0.25%) and Multi-year option
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4.49% - 12.99%
1.87% - 12.37%
Up to 20 years
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1.87% - 12.37%
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Up to 20 years
Fees
No fees
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Good grades reward, Autopay discount (0.25%), Interest-only repayment discount (0.35%), and Multi-year option
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Borrow responsibly
We encourage students and families to start with savings, grants, scholarships, and federal student loans to pay for college. Students and families should evaluate all anticipated monthly loan payments, and how much the student expects to earn in the future, before considering a private student loan.

This information is for undergraduate students attending participating degree-granting schools. Borrowers must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents if the school is located outside of the United States. Non-U.S. citizen borrowers who reside in the U.S. are eligible with a creditworthy cosigner (who must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident) and are required to provide an unexpired government-issued photo ID to verify identity. Applications are subject to a requested minimum loan amount of $1,000. Current credit and other eligibility criteria apply.

1 This promotional benefit is provided at no cost to borrowers with loans that first disburse between July 1, 2018 and April 30, 2021. Borrowers who reside in, attend school in, or borrow for a student attending school in Maine are not eligible for this benefit. No cash value. Terms and Conditions apply. Please visit chegg.com/studystarter/termsandconditions for complete details. This offer expires one year after issuance.

2 Interest is charged throughout the life of the loan—beginning with disbursement, during school, through any grace/separation period, and ending when the loan is paid in full. With the Fixed and Deferred Repayment Options, the interest rate is higher than with the Interest Repayment Option and Unpaid Interest is added to the loan’s Current Principal at the end of the grace/separation period. Payments may be required during the grace/separation period depending on the repayment option selected. Variable rates may increase over the life of the loan. Advertised variable rates reflect the starting range of rates and may vary outside of that range over the life of the loan. Advertised APRs assume a $10,000 loan to a freshman with no other Sallie Mae loans.

3 You must apply for a new loan each school year. This approval percentage is based on students with a Sallie Mae undergraduate loan in the 2018/19 school year who were approved when they returned in 2019/20. It does not include the denied applications of students who were ultimately approved in 2019/20.

4 Loan amount cannot exceed the cost of attendance less financial aid received as certified by the school. Sallie Mae reserves the right to approve a lower loan amount than the school-certified amount. Miscellaneous personal expenses (such as a laptop) may be included in the cost of attendance for students enrolled at least half time.

5 Although we do not charge a penalty or fee if you prepay your loan, any prepayment will be applied as outlined in your promissory note—first to Unpaid Fees and costs, then to Unpaid Interest, and then to Current Principal.

6 Borrower or cosigner must enroll in auto debit through Sallie Mae to receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction benefit. This benefit applies only during active repayment for as long as the Current Amount Due or Designated Amount is successfully withdrawn from the authorized bank account each month and may be suspended during periods of forbearance or deferment, if available for the loan.

7  This repayment example is based on a typical Smart Option Student Loan made to a freshman borrower who chooses a variable rate and the Fixed Repayment Option for a $10,000 loan, with two disbursements, and a 10.81% variable APR. It works out to 51 payments of $25.00, 119 payments of $191.03 and one payment of $121.54, for a Total Loan Cost of $24,129.11. Variable rates may increase over the life of the loan.

8 Savings comparison assumes a freshman student with no other Sallie Mae loans receives a $10,000 Smart Option Student Loan with the most common variable rate as of August 2020.

9 Based on a comparison of approval rates for Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loans for undergraduate students who applied with a cosigner versus without a cosigner during a rolling 12-month period from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

10 Based on a rolling 12-month period from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

Sallie Mae loans are made by Sallie Mae Bank.

Information advertised valid as of 10/1/2020.

SALLIE MAE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR DISCONTINUE PRODUCTS, SERVICES, AND BENEFITS AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. CHECK SALLIEMAE.COM FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE PRODUCT INFORMATION.

4.25% - 12.35%
1.25% - 11.10%
5 years to 15 years
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4.25% - 12.35%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
1.25% - 11.10%
Terms
5 years to 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (0.25%) and Cosigner release
Graduate Student Loan Rating
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3.65% - 12.40%
7 years, 10 years, 12 years, 15 years
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3.65% - 12.40%
Terms
7 years, 10 years, 12 years, 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (2%), Reward of $525 per successful referral, and Graduation Reward (1%)
Graduate Student Loan Rating
4.64% - 11.53%
1.67% - 11.00%
5 years, 10 years, 15 years
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4.64% - 11.53%
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1.67% - 11.00%
Terms
5 years, 10 years, 15 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Current customer discount (0.25%), Autopay discount (0.25%), and Cosigner release
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4.75% - 12.11%
2.25% - 11.76%
15 to 20 years
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4.75% - 12.11%
Var. APR i x While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.
2.25% - 11.76%
Terms
15 to 20 years
Fees
Late fees
Offers
Autopay discount (0.25%) and Cosigner release
Graduate Student Loan Rating
How do I pay for graduate school?

First consider options for free money – scholarships, fellowships, grants, teaching and research assistantships, employer-paid tuition assistance, and more. If you need to borrow graduate student loans, first borrow federal loans. After borrowing the Federal Direct Stafford Loan and the Federal Grad PLUS Loan, if you still need funds for graduate school, consider private student loans. Keep costs as low as possible and borrow responsibly.

How do graduate student loans work?

Graduate student loans work similar to student loans for an undergraduate degree. Every dollar borrowed needs to be repaid, plus interest. All student loans, both federal and private, accrue interest. If you miss a student loan payment down the road, you will have negative consequences, including impacts on your credit.

What is the Grad PLUS loan?

A Grad PLUS loan is a federal student loan specifically for students pursuing a graduate or professional degree. Unlike federal student loans for undergraduate students, you will need to undergo a modest credit check to be approved.

How do I apply for a Grad PLUS loan?

You can apply for a Grad PLUS loan online. Before applying, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA.

Why should I borrow the Federal Grad PLUS loan before private graduate loans?

Federal Grad PLUS loans offer several federal benefits that private loans do not. This includes potential loan forgiveness and the option to temporarily stop or lower payments on your loan. If you have excellent credit, however, you might be able to qualify for a lower interest rate on a private graduate loan.

What are the requirements for a private graduate student loan?

Each lender has different requirements for approval for graduate student loans. In general, you will need a good credit score, a solid credit history, attend an accredited school, and have a steady income and low debt-to-income ratio. A creditworthy cosigner may be required.

How much should I borrow to pay for my graduate school education?

You should keep your total student loan debt, including any outstanding undergraduate debt, in sync with your income after graduation. If your total student loan debt at graduation, including federal and private student loans, is no more than your annual starting salary, you should be able to afford to repay your student loans in ten years or less.

What is the difference between fixed and variable interest rates?

Fixed rates remain the same throughout the life of the loan. Variable interest rates can fluctuate. Borrowers may be persuaded to choose a variable interest rate because it is lower, but keep in mind, this interest rate may eventually grow beyond the current fixed rate option.

When do I have to start repaying graduate student loans?

Most private student loan lenders give borrowers the option to postpone payments until six months after you graduate or drop below half-time enrollment. After the six-month grace period is over, you will be required to make full payments.

Should I ask someone to cosign my student loan?

If you don’t qualify for graduate loan on your own, you can consider asking a friend or relative to cosign your loans. Cosigners should understand how it works and the potential risks. Cosigners are equally responsible for repaying the debt just like the student borrower. Being a cosigner affects your credit and will increase your debt-to-income ratio. This could make it more difficult to get approved for other loans, such as credit cards, auto loans and home mortgages.

How do I choose a lender for a graduate student loan?

Shop around to compare interest rates offered, the terms of the loan, the requirements for approval, repayment options and reviews. You may also want to consider, if there is a cosigner release option and what the deferment options are.

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Savingforcollege.com may receive a sales commission from some private student lenders and other advertisers, but this does not influence our ratings or reviews. Our opinions are our own. While Savingforcollege.com strives to keep the information up to date, the lender rates, terms and other information are subject to change at any time.

Exhaust all other resources, such as scholarships and grants, before borrowing student loans. If you need to borrow loans, federal student loans offer many benefits that private student loans do not. Read the fine print and disclaimer from any potential lender and understand how student loans work before borrowing.

Savingforcollege.com does not provide legal, financial, accounting or tax advice. The information and tools published on this website are general in nature and may not apply to your specific circumstances. You should seek specific guidance from a qualified legal, financial, accounting or tax professional.