Citizens One Graduate Student Loan Review
Graduate School Loans
Citizens Bank’s private student loans are among the most flexible when it comes to satisfying credit requirements, and they even offer a multi-year option (saving you the hassle of re-applying). Their rates are not the lowest you’ll find in the market, but they do offer a current customer discount.
How does this loan compare?
Being from a big bank, Citizens Bank’s student loans might seem inflexible. Citzens One graduate student loans break that mold. Beyond having decent customer service, their terms for qualifying for graduate loans are among the least stringent you’ll find. They also offer a multi-year option, meaning you won’t have to re-apply for financing after every year of study. And if you’re a current Citizens Bank customer, enjoy a 0.25% discount on your rate!
If you’re worried about being limited to a certain borrowing limit every year, Citizens One actually allows you to borrow up to the full cost of attendance. Note, you are limited to $350,000 in aggregate loans as a graduate student. Some of you may also be curious about cosigners. They’re optional with Citizens One graduate student loans, and, if you do end up having one, you’ll be able to apply for cosigner release after 36 months of on-time payments.
On the flip side, their rates are somewhat higher-than-average, meaning you’ll find a lower cost loan elsewhere. And even though they don’t charge application, origination and guarantee fees, they will charge you a fee on late payments. Lastly, while other lenders will only perform a soft pull on your credit for checking their rates, Citizens One will perform a hard credit inquiry from the start.
Citizens Bank - Private Student Loan Details
- Credit Check: Soft for Rate Check, Hard for Application
- Repayment Terms: 5, 10, 15 years
- Minimum Borrowing Limit: $1,000
- Yearly Borrowing Limit: 100% of Cost of Attendance
- Aggregate Borrowing Limit: $350,000
- Application Fee: None
- Origination Fee: None
- Prepayment Penalty: None
- Late Fee: Yes
- Minimum Credit Score: Not specified by lender
- Minimum Annual Income: $12,000
- Citizenship Restriction: Available to Citizens, Permanent Residents, and International Students with a credit-worthy Citizen or Permanent Resident cosigner
- Minimum Enrollment Restriction: Half-Time
- List of States where Loan is Not Available: None
- Approved Schools Include: All
- Immediate Principal and Interest Repayment: Yes
- Fixed Monthly Repayment: None
- Interest-Only Repayment: Yes
- Full Deferment: Yes
- Length of Grace Period: 6 months
- Maximum Deferment Period: Not specified by lender
- Maximum Forbearance Period: 12 months
- Cosigner Release Option: Yes, after 36 months on-time principal and interest payments
- Death Discharge: Yes
- Disability Discharge: Yes
- US-Based Call Center: Yes
- Hours of Operation (in addition to weekdays): Not specified by lender
- Application Timeline: 15 minutes to apply
- Scholarship Search Tool: None
- Sponsors a Scholarship: Yes
- Job and Career Assistance: Yes
- Financial Literacy Training: Yes