A Few Words about Choosing a Private Educational Loan Lender…

After exhausting all opportunities available from the federal and state aid programs, many parents and students will consider private loan programs as a source of funding. As always, taking on debt for any reason should be done deliberately and only for the amounts needed. If you plan to borrow a Private Educational Loan, you will need to select a lender. The lender is the institution from which the money is actually borrowed.

All lenders are not the same. It pays to make an informed decision when selecting a lender. You will be entering into a long-term relationship with the institution. Reasons for selection of a particular lender vary from person to person. Some choose based on name or brand recognition or reputation. Others prefer the immediate benefit of below-market processing fees. Still others are interested in borrower benefits in repayment, like an interest rate reduction as a reward for making consecutive on-time payments. We encourage families to use the lender and the loan product that best meets their needs.

To assist students and parents in this decision, Centenary University provide the following list of lenders that other Centenary University students have used in the past few years. This list, which is intended only as a guide, is provided to help students and parents choose a reputable lender with a reliable educational loan product.

Please note you are not required to use one of these lenders and may apply for a private education loan with any lender that you choose.

 

Loan
Rate Type
Interest Rates
Discover Education Loan
www.discoverstudentloans.com

1-877-728-3030
Fixed RatE
6.49% to 12.49% APR
Variable Rate
3.99% to 9.99% APR
NJ  CLASS
www.hesaa.org
1-800-872-6970
Fixed Rate
4.48% to 8.23%
Variable Rate
4.51%
PNC Solution Loan
www.pnconcampus.com
1-800-762-1001
Fixed Rate
6.49% to 12.99%
Variable Rate
3.99% to 9.99%
Sallie Mae
Smart Option Student Loan
www.salliemae.com/centenary
1-866-972-5004
Fixed Rate
5.74% to 11.85%
Variable Rate
3.00% to 10.01%
Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan
www.wellsfargo.com/student
1-800-658-3567
Fixed Rate
6.17% to 11.26%
Variable Rate
4.10% to 9.67%
Wells Fargo Graduate Loan
www.wellsfargo.com/student
1-800-658-3567
Fixed Rate
6.84% to 11.64%
Variable Rate
4.67% to 10.14%

*Please note that only the NJ  CLASS Loan and the Sallie Mae – Smart Option Student Loan are available for past balances of up to 365 days or 1 year.

**Please note that only the Sallie Mae – Smart Option Student Loan is also available to students who are in a non-degree program.

As part of the application process, students will be required to complete the Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification Form available through their lender’s website.