How To Use The Information In Our Comparison Table Of Private Student Loan Lenders

When you’re comparing private student loan lenders, there’s a lot to think about. However, you can narrow your choices significantly by comparing the most important features to each other, which we do in the summary table below.

Here are the things to consider, and why they are so crucial.

Student Loan Interest Rates

The interest rates are going to have a lot to do with the overall cost of the loan over time, as well as determining the size of the payments. The lower you can get your interest rates, the better.

Student Loan Prequalification

Why go through a long application process if you can get your estimated rates with a few short questions? A lender that offers a prequalification will use a soft credit hit (which doesn’t impact your rating), along with a few other questions, to give you a detailed estimate about your loan.

Cosigner Release

In all likelihood, someone is going to have to cosign on your student’s loan. Young people simply don’t have the income and credit to qualify for the best rates and terms. Of course, you don’t want to have this loan on your credit for the next 15 years. Instead, make sure you can be released – and know how it’s done.

Hardship Discharge

What’s the process for loan discharge if your student is permanently disabled or passes away? Make sure that the lender you choose is clear about these terms. The best case scenario is that the loan would be forgiven, even if there’s still a cosigner.

Making the First Cut for Private Student Loans

Using this summary table and comparing the most important four features of a private student loan can make your job much easier. You can get more details once you decide on a small number of lenders, but using these four elements will help you make the initial cut.

Best Private Student Loans of 2021


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Best Private Parent Loans of 2021


Interest RatesTermsPre-QualificationHardship Options

SoFi Parent Loan

1.30% – 9.88%(1)(Variable)
4.73% – 11.46%(1)(Fixed)
*Full immediate repayment

*Interest-only while student in school
College Ave Student Loans1.24% - 11.93%(1)(Variable)
3.54% - 12.97%1)(Fixed)
*Full immediate repayment

*Interest-only while student in school

*Interest plus payment of your choice while student is in school
YesLoan forgiven if student dies or is permanently disabled
Sallie Mae3.50% - 10.12%
5.49% - 12.87% (Fixed)
*Full immediate repayment

*Interest-only while student in school up to 48 months
NoLoan forgiven if student dies or is permanently disabled. Forbearance and hardship programs available
citizens bank student loans2.16% - 7.56%
4.99% - 8.18% (Fixed)
*Interest-only payments in school, then regular repayment

*Regular repayment right away
Yes at CredibleTemporary forbearance available in certain situations. Death and disability discharge similar to federal loans.




All rates listed above are quoted including the 0.25% auto-pay interest rate reduction.

(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.

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