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The loan options below represent private student loan products for undergraduate students.  You are STRONGLY encouraged to exhaust all grants, scholarships and Federal loan options prior to considering a private student loan.  You may qualify for Federal education loans, which usually have terms that are more advantageous to the borrower than terms available under private loan programs.  For additional information, contact your school's financial aid office or the Department of Education at


If you live OR attend college in the following states, be sure to review this information state alternative loan programs (click on the links to get specific information about your state's alternative loan program):  Alaska, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota (SELF Loan and ND DEAL Program) Montana (through ND DEAL Program), New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota (through ND DEAL Program), South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin (through ND DEAL Program) and Wyoming (through ND DEAL Program).   Before making a final decision about your private loan, please review the SLA Private Loan Guide.  For additional detail about the structure of the credit union private student loans listed below, review this recent SLA Blog post.


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Lender Rating (Out of 5 Stars) Current Starting Interest Rate Between Origination / Repayment Fees Savings Opportunities More Info
First Tech Credit Union Private Student Loan
6% - 7.5%  None

- 0.25% interest rate reduction for auto-debit payments

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NASA FCU Private Student Loan
6% (Floor Rate) None - 0.25% interest rate reduction for auto-debit payments Click Here
Citizens Bank Student Loan
2.94% and 9.19% None - 0.50% interest rate discounts available Click Here\

Discover Undergraduate Student Loans 

3.37% and 9.49% None

- 1% cash reward for 3.0 GPA

- 0.25% interest rate reduction for auto-debit payments

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Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan
3.16% (with discounts) and 9.03% (without discount) None

- 0.25% interest rate reduction for previous Wells Fargo student loan or other qualifying account

- 0.25% interest rate reduction for enrolling in automatic payments

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Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan
2.50% and 9.59% None

- 0.25% interest rate reduction for auto-debit payments


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Student Lending Analytics (SLA) is an independent research and advisory firm and is not a lender. 

  • SLA receives NO compensation from any lenders for our ratings service nor for any referrals that they may receive through this website. 
  • While SLA has made every effort to confirm each of the lender loan terms described above, it assumes no responsibility for typographical or other errors or omissions in the information provided. 
  • SLA makes no representations or warranties about your eligibility for a particular loan.
  • SLA recommends that you carefully review each lender's loan application and promissory note for final loan terms, including Savings Opportunities. 
  • Savings Opportunities may not be automatically available and you may not be eligible for certain Savings Opportunities. 
  • Many lenders now offer fixed rate student loans also. This table only provides information on their variable rate offerings. 
  • Most financial aid experts recommend taking out federal student loans first before taking out private loans. 

Date of last update:  April 8, 2016