What lender did you pick?

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  1. dentaldude8

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    Just curious what lender all of you picked for your Stafford and/or Grad PLUS loans. Any why you went with that particular lender.
     
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    Hysteria24 1K Member

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    I second that question. The only things I know to look for are origination fees (~3%), and interest rate reductions for on time payments (.25-1.25%). However, most of those reductions get wiped out if you reconsolidate.
     
  4. DDS Nuke

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    Navy Federal Credit Union Stafford
    0% orig. fee
    1% default fee (depends on school)
    2% reduction in interest rate after 24 months payments
    0.25% reduction with auto-pay (from any account)

    These are very good benefits on monies dispersed after July '08 relative to the recent loss of benefits with other lenders.
     
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    Hysteria24 1K Member

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    Is that available to the average Joe, or does one have to be affiliated with the military in some way?
     
  6. utahdentist2be

    utahdentist2be Home Skillet

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    You can be a member of Navy Federal if you, a parent, sibling, grandparent, etc. were in the Navy or Marines. Check out their website for all the qualifications. They're a great company to work with, I am also using them for my Stafford and Grad Plus loans.
     
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    I originally went with Chase, but because so many lenders were dropping out of the federal student loan program, our school decided to cancel everyone's 3rd party loans and go with the Direct Loan program through the Dept of Education. Basically, I had to e-sign another mastor promissory note and take a loan entrance quiz, both directly from the government site.
     
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    I did Access, but their interest is close to 12%. However, they were the ONLY lender I found that deferred for dental residencies specifically (others do medical, but not dental.)
     
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    Bank of America. No origination fee and some fee reductions later down the road. However, I'm not counting on the latter.

    -Hup!
     
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    12% :eek:

    Aren't the only deferrable loans the ~$8,500 a year through the Stafford federal loan program? Seems like a BIG interest rate just to save a couple years of accumulation on a small part of your total debt.
     
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    Hysteria24 1K Member

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    Make sure you check the websites for current info. A lot of things have recently changed, and the forms being distributed by schools are not always accurate.

    From the BofA website (CA): http://www.bankofamerica.com/studentbanking/index.cfm?template=stb_stafford_loans



    "What else do I need to know?

    Please note that a 1.5% origination fee is paid to the government from proceeds of loans first disbursed before 7/1/08. Starting on 7/1/08, this fee will be reduced to 1.0%. In addition, unless the guarantor waives your default fee, a 1% default fee will be deducted from your loan. "
     
  13. stdmufin27

    stdmufin27 It's H-O-T in Sin City

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    I think the deferment idea is that he/she wouldn't have to repay the loan for a residency. Well, hopefully that's what it means. It can't be a subsidized loan for 12% for d-school throughout residency...if so, sign me up right now!
     
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    salliemae for the stafford loans, and allstudentloans.org for the gradPLUS. The latter was the only lender who could get me the loan without a cosigner.
     
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    I have a request.

    I'm pretty naive when it comes to this stuff. Could someone post link to the major lenders so we can find out the interest rates? Or maybe more posts with cut and pastes from the major lenders. A HUGE request but I think it would make for a great sticky thread.
     
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    Check out the financial aid forum, particularly the "Choose a Stafford Lender" thread. Then go to all the lenders' websites via google search engine.
     
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    I took loans out with Salie Mae for, grad school M.S., and what a pain to work with. I would steer away from this lender. There customer service is horrible!
     

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