We encourage students and families to start with savings, grants, scholarships, and federal student loans to pay for college. Students and families should evaluate all anticipated monthly loan payments, and how much the student expects to earn in the future, before considering a private student loan.
Bar Study Loans are intended to cover expenses not included in your school's cost of attendance.
This information is for borrowers who are enrolled at least half-time in their final year of study at a participating ABA-accredited law school located in the U.S., or have graduated from one within the last 12 months. Borrowers should be sitting for the bar exam no later than 12 months after graduation. Non-U.S. citizen borrowers who reside in the U.S. are eligible with a creditworthy cosigner (who must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident) and are required to provide an unexpired government-issued photo ID to verify identity. Applications are subject to a requested minimum loan amount of $1,000. Current credit and other eligibility criteria apply.
Interest is charged starting at disbursement, while in school, during the nine-month grace period, and until the loan is paid in full. Once principal and interest repayment begins, any Unpaid Interest will be added to Current Principal, increasing the Total Loan Cost. Variable rates may increase over the life of the loan. Advertised variable rates reflect the starting range of rates and may vary outside of that range over the life of the loan. Advertised APRs assume a $15,000 loan disbursed at the time of the student's graduation from school.
Requests must be received in writing. Interest Only payments will not extend the loan term. Interest Only payments increase the Total Loan Cost and monthly payments after the Interest Only payments will be higher than they would have been without it.
Borrower or cosigner must enroll in auto debit through Sallie Mae to receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction benefit. This benefit applies only during active repayment for as long as the Current Amount Due or Designated Amount is successfully withdrawn from the authorized bank account each month and may be suspended during periods of forbearance or deferment, if available for the loan.
Although we do not charge you a penalty or fee if you prepay your loan, any prepayment will be applied as provided in your promissory note: First to Unpaid Fees and costs, then to Unpaid Interest, and then to Current Principal.
Borrowers and cosigners who have an available FICO® Score and a Sallie Mae loan with a current balance greater than $0, may receive their score quarterly after the first disbursement of their loan. The FICO® Score provided to you is the FICO® Score 8 based on TransUnion data, and is the same score that Sallie Mae uses, along with other information, to manage your account. FICO® Scores and associated educational content are provided solely for your own non-commercial personal review, use and benefit. This benefit may change or end in the future. FICO® is a registered trademark of the Fair Isaac Corporation in the United States and other countries.
48% of Bar Study Loan applicants who apply without a cosigner are approved on their own based on a rolling 12-month period from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.
Only the borrower may apply for cosigner release. Borrowers who meet the age of majority in their state may apply for cosigner release by providing proof of graduation (or completion of certification program), income, and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (if your status has changed since you applied). In the last 12 months, the borrower must be current on all Sallie Mae serviced loans (including no hardship forbearances or modified repayment programs) and have paid ahead or made 12 on-time principal and interest payments on each loan requested for release. When the cosigner release application is processed, the borrower must demonstrate the ability to assume full responsibility of the loan(s) individually, and pass a credit review that demonstrates a satisfactory credit history including but not limited to no: open bankruptcy, open foreclosure, student loan(s) in default, or 90-day delinquencies in the last 24 months. Requirements are subject to change.
Shortest qualification period based on a May 31, 2019 review of national private loan programs offered by publicly-traded competitors.
Sallie Mae loans are made by Sallie Mae Bank or a lender partner.
Information advertised valid as of 10/25/2019.
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