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Smart Option Student Loan® for Graduate Students

 
  • Competitive interest rates
  • No origination fees
  • Get up to 100% of your school-certified cost of attendance (minimum $1,000).1

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A cosigner can really pay off


A cosigner can help you qualify

Applying with a creditworthy cosigner can give you a better chance of approval or even help you get a lower interest rate.

Easier cosigner release
You can apply to release your cosigner after you graduate and make 12 consecutive, on-time principal and interest payments.9

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It's important to explore your options. Click here to learn about the differences between the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan® and the PLUS Loan for Graduates.


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A cosigner can really pay off

A cosigner can help you qualify
Applying with a creditworthy cosigner can give you a better chance of approval or even help you get a lower interest rate.

Easier cosigner release
You can apply to release your cosigner after you graduate and make 12 consecutive, on-time principal and interest payments.

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Encouraging Responsible Borrowing

Sallie Mae has helped more than 30 million Americans pay for college since 1972. We encourage students and families to supplement their savings by exploring grants, scholarships, federal and state student loans, and to consider the anticipated monthly payments on their total student loan debt and their expected future earnings before considering a private education loan.

 
 
For Degree-Granting Institutions

An alternative to the PLUS Loan for Graduate Students

Lower pricing! Variable and fixed loan interest rates with APRs that can be lower than the PLUS Loan for highly qualified Graduate Students.2See How They Compare

Choice and Savings
  • Interest Repayment Option: Pay interest while in school and benefit from lower rates.
  • Fixed Repayment Option: Save money on your total private graduate student loan by paying just $25 a month while in school.
  • Deferred Repayment Option: Make no payments during school - or pay as much as you'd like with no penalty - for maximum budget flexibility.
Low Variable and Fixed Loan Interest Rates
  • No origination fees and no prepayment penalties.
Earn Rewards
  • Get a Smart Reward® in your Upromise® account of 2% of your scheduled monthly payments that are made on time while in school, with the Interest or Fixed Repayment Options.5
  • Get a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction while enrolled to make scheduled monthly payments by automatic debit.6
Manage your budget with a graduated repayment period

The Smart Option Student Loan is the only nationwide private student loan offering a Graduated Repayment Period feature, providing budget flexibility for graduating students. Students who graduate and maintain their Sallie Mae loans in good standing can request to make 12 interest-only payments instead of full principal and interest payments after their separation period.

Encouraging Responsible Borrowing

Sallie Mae has helped more than 30 million Americans pay for college since 1972. We encourage students and families to supplement their savings by exploring grants, scholarships, federal and state student loans, and to consider the anticipated monthly payments on their total student loan debt and their expected future earnings before considering a private education loan.

Interest Rates
  • Variable Interest Rates from % APR to % APR.
  • Fixed Interest Rates from % APR to % APR.
  • 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction while enrolled to make scheduled monthly payments by automatic debit.
Loan Limits
  • Borrow up to 100% of your school-certified cost of attendance (minimum $1,000).
Fees
  • No origination fees.
Repayment Terms
  • Choose the repayment option that works for you while you are in school - defer4 all payments, pay just $253 a month4, or pay only the interest on your loan.
  • Full principal and interest payments begin six months after you leave school for all repayment plans. With our Graduated Repayment Period feature, graduate students who maintain their Sallie Mae Loans in good standing can request to make 12 interest-only payments instead of full principal and interest payments after their separation period.8
  • No prepayment penalty, regardless of the repayment plan you choose.
Encouraging Responsible Borrowing

Sallie Mae has helped more than 30 million Americans pay for college since 1972. We encourage students and families to supplement their savings by exploring grants, scholarships, federal and state student loans, and to consider the anticipated monthly payments on their total student loan debt and their expected future earnings before considering a private education loan.

Get Started  

An alternative to the PLUS Loan for Graduate Students2

Choose Your Repayment Plan

Deferred Repayment Option
Make no payments during school — or pay as much as you'd like — for maximum flexibility.4

Fixed Repayment Option
Save money on your total private graduate student loan by paying just $25 a month3 while in school.4

Interest Repayment Option
Pay interest while in school and benefit from lower rates.

Variable & Fixed Interest Rates

No origination fees and no prepayment penalties.

Earn Rewards

Get a Smart Reward® in your Upromise® account of 2% of your scheduled monthly payments that are made on time while in school, with the Interest or Fixed Repayment Options.5

Get a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction while enrolled to make scheduled monthly payments by automatic debit.6

Graduated Repayment Period

The Smart Option Student Loan is the only nationwide private student loan offering a Graduated Repayment Period feature7, providing budget flexibility for graduating students. Students who graduate and maintain their Sallie Mae loans in good standing can request to make 12 interest-only payments instead of full principal and interest payments after their separation period.8

Interest Rates

Variable Interest Rates from 2.25% APR to 7.27% APR.4

Fixed Interest Rates from 5.74% APR to 8.56% APR.4

0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction while enrolled to make scheduled monthly payments by automatic debit.6

Loan Limits

Borrow up to 100% of your school-certified cost of attendance (minimum $1,000).1

Fees

No origination fees.

Repayment Terms

Choose the repayment option that works for you while you are in school—defer4 all payments, pay just $256 a month4, or pay only the interest on your loan.

Full principal and interest payments begin six months after you leave school for all repayment plans. With our Graduated Repayment Period feature, graduate students who maintain their Sallie Mae Loans in good standing can request to make 12 interest-only payments instead of full principal and interest payments after their separation period.8

No prepayment penalty, regardless of the repayment plan you choose.

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This information is for borrowers attending degree-granting institutions only. Credit criteria and eligibility requirements apply.

1 As certified by your school and confirmed by Sallie Mae, less other financial aid received. Sallie Mae reserves the right to approve a lower loan amount than what the school has certified. Requested amounts exceeding $99,999 may require multiple loans.

2 Explore federal loans and compare to ensure you understand the terms and features. Smart Option Student Loans that have variable rates can go up after consummation. 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.

3 This informational repayment example uses typical loan terms available to a graduate borrower who elects the Fixed Repayment Option and has a $10,000.00 loan with two disbursements and a 7.12% variable APR: 27 payments of $25, 59 payments of $216.41, and one payment of $200.75, for a total paid of $13,643.94. Variable rates may increase after consummation.

4 Interest rates for the Fixed and Deferred Repayment Options are higher than for loans with the Interest Repayment Option. Graduate student pricing on the Smart Option Student Loan is limited to students enrolling in a Masters/Doctorate level degree program. Graduate Certificate/Continuing Education course work is not eligible for graduate student pricing. Variable rates may increase after consummation. Interest is charged while you are in school and during the 6 month separation period. Any interest that remains unpaid when you enter full repayment will be added to your loan balance.

5 Primary borrower can earn a reward into his or her active Upromise account of 2% of the scheduled loan payment amount for each on-time payment during the in-school and separation periods. Loan payments must remain current to be eligible for the reward. The Smart Reward Benefit and Upromise membership are subject to the terms and conditions of the Upromise service, as may be amended from time to time. Terms and conditions apply to the Upromise service. Participating companies, contribution levels and terms and conditions are subject to change at any time without notice. Go to upromise.com to learn more. Upromise accounts are not FDIC insured, carry no bank guarantee and may lose value.

6 The rate reduction benefit applies only if the recurring payment is successfully deducted from the designated account and is suspended during forbearances and certain deferments. For multi-party loans, only one party may enroll in auto debit.

7 Based on an 1/23/14 review of competitors loan programs and repayment features.

8 Available for loans that first disburse on or after July 1, 2013 to finance academic periods that begin on or after July 1, 2013 at a degree-granting institution. Graduated Repayment Period (GRP) requires interest payments for the initial 12 month period of repayment when you would normally begin making full principal and interest payments (which typically begins six months after graduation) or during the 12 month period after your request is granted, whichever is later. At the time you request GRP, you must have graduated with no interruption in enrollment, be current on payments, and not be more than 30 days late on payments on any student loan. You may request GRP only during the two billing cycles immediately preceding and the two billing cycles immediately after your loan would normally begin requiring full principal and interest payments. GRP does not extend the term of the loan. If you are approved for GRP, your principal and interest payments will be higher than if GRP did not apply, and your total loan cost will increase.

9 Only the borrower may apply for cosigner release. The borrower must provide proof of successful completion of school, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be current and have made 12 consecutive on-time payments of principal and interest immediately before applying, and pass a credit check including income verification when the release request is processed.

Smart Option Student Loans are made by Sallie Mae Bank® or a lender partner.

Information advertised valid as of 3/25/2014.

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