Smart Option Student Loan®
made by Sallie Mae®
Now you can pay for college the smart way with great repayment options! The National Education Smart Option Student Loan made by Sallie Mae is and ideal solution to help bridge the gap between federal loans and the cost of your education expenses.
Features and Benefits
- A choice of competitive interest rates for undergraduate students. Variable interest rates from 3.37% APR to 10.33% APR. We also offer fixed rates from 5.74% APR to 11.85% APR.1
- Lower interest rates for graduate students. Variable interest rates from 3.37% APR to 8.33% APR. Fixed interest rates from 5.74% APR to 8.56% APR.
- No origination fee and no prepayment penalty.
- Lower the interest rate -- receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction while enrolled to make scheduled monthly payments by automatic debit.2
- Borrow up to 100% of the school-certified costs of attendance.3
- Cosigner release available. After graduation a borrower may apply for their cosigner to be released from the loan once they have made 12 consecutive, on-time principal and interest payments and meet certain credit requirements.4
- Pay now or later -- Defer your payments until after school or choose an in-school repayment option that fits your needs.1
- Graduated Repayment Period --The Smart Option Student Loan is the first nationwide student loan offering a Graduated Repayment Period feature6, 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 school.6
- A quick credit result -- Applying online is fast and easy. It only takes about 15 minutes to apply and get a credit result.
- We encourage students and families to supplement their savings by exploring grants, scholarships, and 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.
* Sallie Mae partner referenced is not the creditor for these loans and is compensated by Sallie Mae for the referral of Smart Option Loan customers.
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