No origination fee

Cover 100% of your school-certified expenses1

Multiple repayment options

Variable rates:
4.62% APR
to 15.33% APR2
Fixed rates:
4.50% APR
to 15.22% APR2
Lowest rates shown include the auto debit discount.2 Only the most creditworthy applicants who choose the interest repayment option may receive the lowest rate.

You've chosen Sallie Mae® before, and we're here to help you again

Whether you're studying online or on campus, we're ready to help you pay for college again with your next undergraduate Smart Option Student Loan®.

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Parents, you can help your student by
cosigning a loan

If you cosign your student’s undergraduate student loan application, their chances of being approved may increase! A cosigner is usually a parent, but can be any adult with good credit.

Apply online—it’s fast and easy.

Fill out some basic information and get an answer about your loan in just minutes.

Need a graduate school loan?

Learn about our specialized graduate loans that are tailored to your degree.


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.

Loans for Undergraduate & Career Training Students are not intended for graduate students and are subject to credit approval, identity verification, signed loan documents, and school certification. Student must attend a participating school. Student or cosigner must meet the age of majority in their state of residence. Students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents must reside in the U.S., attend school in the U.S., apply with a creditworthy cosigner (who must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident), and provide an unexpired government-issued photo ID. Requested loan amount must be at least $1,000.

1. 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.

2. Advertised APRs for undergraduate students assume a $10,000 loan to a student who attends school for 2 years and has $20,000 in prior Sallie Mae-serviced loans. Interest rates for variable rate loans may increase or decrease over the life of the loan based on changes to the 30-day Average Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) rounded up to the nearest one-eighth of one percent.  Advertised variable rates are the starting range of rates and may vary outside of that range over the life of the loan. Interest is charged starting when funds are sent to the school. 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. To receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate discount, the borrower or cosigner must enroll in auto debit through Sallie Mae. The discount 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. It may be suspended during forbearance or deferment.

Smart Option Student loans are made by Sallie Mae Bank.

Information advertised valid as of 11/25/2022.

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