Private student loans for every type of student

Get the student loan with options, offering fixed or variable rates, and no payments during schoolfootnote 1

Undergraduate loan rates

Fixed rates:
4.15% APR
to 15.49% APRfootnote 1
Variable rates:
5.37% APR
to 15.70% APRfootnote 1
Lowest rates shown include the auto debit discount.footnote 1 Only the most creditworthy applicants who choose the interest repayment option may receive the lowest rate.

Whether you're studying online or on campus, get the money you need for college—and multiple repayment options.

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Cover up to 100% of school-certified expenses

Including tuition, fees, books, housing, meals, travel, and even a laptop.footnote 2

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No origination fee or prepayment penalty

pay as early or as much as you’d like with no penalty.footnote 3

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Pay now or pay later—make in-school payments to lower your overall loan costs

or defer payments until after graduation.footnote 1

Cosign a loan to help your student

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

Going to graduate school?

Learn about our suite of specialized graduate loans with options for all disciplines.

For degree-granting institutions

Apply online for your undergraduate loan now. It's fast and easy.

Fill out some basic information and find out how much you qualify to borrow in just minutes.

footnote 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.

footnote 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.

footnote 1. Advertised APRs for undergraduate students assume a $10,000 loan to a student who attends school for 4 years and has no 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.

footnote 2. For applications submitted directly to Sallie Mae, loan amount cannot exceed the cost of attendance less financial aid received, as certified by the school. Applications submitted to Sallie Mae through a partner website may be subjected to a lower maximum loan request amount. Miscellaneous personal expenses (such as a laptop) may be included in the cost of attendance for students enrolled at least half-time.

footnote 3. 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. 

footnote Information advertised valid as of 7/12/2024.


footnote Smart Option Student loans loans are made by Sallie Mae Bank.