Help your student succeed

  • Start an application now and invite your student later
  • Fast credit result
  • Apply once and you can get money for school for the whole yearfootnote 1


Choose a fixed or variable interest rate type

Undergraduate loan rates

Fixed rates:
4.25% APR
to 15.49% APRfootnote 2
Variable rates:
5.37% APR
to 15.70% APRfootnote 2
Lowest rates shown include the auto debit discount. Only the most creditworthy applicants who choose the interest repayment option may receive the lowest rate.
Pay for more than tuition

Cover up to 100% of school-certified expenses, including books, meals, housing, and even a laptop.footnote 1

Repayment on your terms

Make payments while you’re in school or defer until after graduation. There’s no origination fee or penalty for prepayment.footnote 3

Start an application
for your student

You don’t need to be a parent to be a cosigner

A cosigner can be a grandparent, cousin, or even a trusted friend. Any person who shares responsibility for paying back a student loan, has the credit to qualify and accepts the responsibility can help their student secure a private student loan with Sallie Mae.

Paying for college isn’t what it used to be

Between applying for Federal Aid and finding scholarships to help pay the way, there are more ways to fund your student’s education dreams. Sallie Mae is here to help with resources for parents and students. 

What do parents think of Sallie Mae®?

I used Sallie Mae when my son reached his maximum loan amount from Federal Student loans. I am grateful and I appreciate that Sallie Mae was able to assist us."

Paula S., Arkansas

I've been pleased with the ease and service I've received for both my own and my daughter's loans."

Amanda T., Georgia

Sallie Mae got the job done for us when we needed a student loan for our son."

Marjorie J., Pennsylvania

It's easy to get started

Follow these steps:

  • Get your student started

    Provide a few details like address and email, and then invite your student to complete their application.

  • Customize

    Once your credit is approved you can choose the interest rate and repayment option that work best for you.

  • Sign & go

    Read and review all loan documents. Once you and your student sign and accept your loan, we’ll take care of the rest with the school.

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Questions? We're here to help!

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

footnote 4. Explore federal loans and compare to make sure you understand the terms and features. Private student loans that have variable rates can go up over the life of the loan. Federal student loans are required by law to provide a range of flexible repayment options, including, but not limited to, income-based repayment and income-contingent repayment plans, and loan forgiveness and deferment benefits, which other student loans are not required to provide. Federal loans generally have origination fees, but are available to students regardless of income.

footnote Information advertised valid as of 6/21/2024.


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