Student loans built around you

A number of different paths to get you started on your educational journey.

Undergraduate student loans

Variable rates:
4.62% APR1 – 14.96% APR1

Fixed rates: 
4.50% APR1 – 14.83% APR1

For college students earning a bachelor's or associate's degree, or a certificate at a degree-granting school.

Lowest rates shown include the auto debit discount.

Career training student loans

Variable rates:
4.62% APR2 – 15.22% APR2

Fixed rates: 
4.50% APR2 – 15.10% APR2

For students taking professional training or certificate courses (culinary, aviation, technical, etc.).

Lowest rates shown include the auto debit discount.

For graduate students seeking loans for medical, dental, health professions, MBA, law, and master's/doctorate degree expenses.

Rates vary by loan.

Adding a cosigner may strengthen your student loan application

If you have little or no credit history, consider a cosigner. Last year, students were 3x more likely to be approved with one!3
87% of our new undergraduate borrowers have one and it may help you get a better interest rate.4

The help you need now, and throughout the school year

Cover up to 100%
of school-certified costs5
Multiple ways
to repay
ZERO origination fees
Make college your focus
 

Save time—apply for a college loan once and get money for the whole year so you can focus on studying. And if your plans change, no worries—interest on your loan won't be charged until the money is sent to your school.

Going to college comes with costs—bigger ones, like tuition and housing, and smaller ones, like books and a laptop. We can help you get the money you need.5

Take comfort, you’re covered
 

Our multi-year advantage means you can get the money you need year after year. Students have over a 90% approval rate when they return to Sallie Mae® with a cosigner.6 Plus, you’ll get the convenience of a faster student loan application and managing all your private student loans with one lender.

Need help? Our 100% U.S.-based customer service team is here for you. 

Paying back comes with benefits

Our multiple repayment options on student loans give you more flexibility on how you can pay them back. Plus, you'll get free access to your FICO® score, which is updated quarterly online.7

Our school loans have no origination fees and provide competitive interest rates.

Plus, you get a 0.25 percentage point interest rate discount when you enroll in and make monthly payments using auto debit.8

Get more from your student loan

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Cover up to 100% of the cost of attendance minus financial aid5

 

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Fixed and variable rate options

 

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In-school or deferred repayment options for undergraduate and graduate loan borrowers9

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Less-than-half-time enrollment eligibility

 

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Interest only payments for 12 months after grace period for qualifying undergraduate and graduate loan borrowers10

 

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Some frequently asked questions about student loans

A private student loan is money that’s loaned to you by a bank or other financial institution to help pay for your education. All loans need to be paid back. When you pay back a loan, your repayment amount includes the full amount you borrowed, plus interest (the amount your lender charges you for borrowing the money).

There are student loans available for students in undergraduate, graduate, certificate, dental, medical, and health professions programs. Sallie Mae also offers student loans for graduates studying for the bar exam or relocating for medical and dental residencies. 

Private student loans—offered by banks like Sallie Mae, credit unions, and other financial institutions—are based on your creditworthiness. This means your lender will check to see if you have a history of borrowing money and paying it back on time. Since many students haven’t had time to build up their own credit, applying for a private student loan with a cosigner—a parent, relative, or other adult with good credit—may increase your chances for approval and help get you a better rate.

Your lender will look at your credit profile (and your cosigner’s) to decide how much you can borrow. You may be approved to borrow up to 100% of your school-certified costs for the entire year, if needed.

You should borrow only what you can afford to pay back later. Consider how much you may earn in your future career.  To help estimate your future income potential, you can visit the US Department of Labor at bls.gov.

You can fill out a student loan application right on the lender’s website. There’s no cost to apply. You’ll be asked to enter some basic personal and financial information, and choose the type of interest rate and repayment plan you want for your loan. If you’re applying with a cosigner, they’ll also need to provide their financial info. 

You can use student loan funds to cover any of your school costs for the year, which might include the following for students attending school at least half time:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Books
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Travel to and from school
  • A laptop
  • Equipment, supplies, and tools

Most lenders offer repayment terms of 5–20 years. Because more interest gets added to your loan balance over time, you may be able to save money by paying off your loan sooner.

Use our Accrued Interest Calculator to see how much you can save by paying more towards your loan.

Yes, it may. Your lender will need to run a credit check to see if you qualify for the loan, which may impact your credit score.

You may boost your chances of being approved by adding a cosigner (such as a parent, relative, or other responsible adult). Last year, 86% of our approved undergraduate borrowers had cosigners,4 and it may help you get a better rate, too.

A fixed rate is one that doesn’t change over the life of your loan, so your monthly payment stays the same. A variable rate can go up or down with the market, increasing or lowering your monthly payment as it does.

Illuminating your path to higher education

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.

Undergraduate and Graduate School loans are for students at participating degree-granting schools. Career training student loans are for students at participating non-degree-granting schools. Smart Option Student Loan information is for undergraduates only. Graduate Certificate/Continuing Education coursework is not eligible for MBA, Medical, Dental, and Law School Loans. Students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents must reside in the U.S., attend a participating 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 to verify their identity. Applications are subject to a requested minimum loan amount of $1,000. Current credit and other eligibility criteria apply.

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.

2. Advertised APRs for career training students assume a $10,000 loan to a student who attends school for 2 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.

3. Based on a comparison of approval rates for Sallie Mae student loan borrowers who applied with a cosigner versus without a cosigner from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.

4. Based on a rolling 12-month period from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.

5. 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.

6. You must apply for a new loan each school year. This approval percentage is based on students with a Sallie Mae undergraduate or graduate school loan in the 2019/20 school year who were approved when they returned in 2020/21. It does not include the denied applications of students who were ultimately approved in 2020/21.

7. Borrowers and cosigners with an available FICO® Score and a Sallie Mae-serviced loan with a current balance greater than $0, may receive their score quarterly after the first disbursement of their loan. The FICO® Score provided to you is the FICO® Score 8 based on TransUnion data. FICO® Scores and associated educational content are provided solely for your own non-commercial personal review, use and benefit. This benefit may change or end in the future. FICO® is a registered trademark of the Fair Isaac Corporation in the United States and other countries.

8. The borrower or cosigner must enroll in auto debit through Sallie Mae to receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction benefit. This benefit 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. 

9. 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. Payments may be required during the grace/separation period depending on the repayment option selected. Variable rates may increase over the life of the loan. Advertised variable rates reflect the starting range of rates and may vary outside of that range over the life of the loan. Advertised APRs assume a $10,000 loan to a borrower who attends school for 4 years and has no prior Sallie Mae loans.

10. Available for loans used to pay qualified higher education expenses at a degree-granting institution. The Graduated Repayment Period (GRP) allows interest-only payments for 12 billing periods after principal and interest repayment begins. At the time of the GRP request, the loan cannot be past due. Customers can request the GRP during the six billing periods before and the 12 billing periods immediately after the loan first enters principal and interest repayment. The GRP does not extend the loan term but does increase the Total Loan Cost. Monthly payments after the GRP will be higher than they would have been without it.

Sallie Mae loans are made by Sallie Mae Bank.

Information advertised valid as of 11/25/2022.

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