If you are refinancing any federal student loans with Laurel Road, you will no longer be able to take advantage of federal income driven repayment programs or student loan forgiveness, including but not limited to: Income Based Repayment (IBR), Pay As You Earn (PAYE) or Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE), and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). For more information about the benefits of these federal programs and other federal student loan programs, please visit https://studentloans.gov.
Refinancing student loans may add up to significant savings. For example, if you refinance multiple loans into one loan with a lower rate, and keep the loan term the same, you will accrue less interest over the life of the loan, saving you money on a monthly basis and over the course of the loan.
It’s actually pretty simple – the entire application is completed online, and you can receive preliminary rate in as little as 5 minutes.
Laurel Road will pay off your student loans to your current lenders and provide you with instructions to set up the servicing of your new loan. Your first payment to Laurel Road will be due one month from your disbursement date.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a valid I-551 form (“permanent green card”) are eligible to refinance student debts with Laurel Road.
Laurel Road refinances student loans for working professionals with four-year undergraduate and/or graduate degrees from Title IV accredited institutions, as well as for professionals who have an associate degree* in designated professions. Graduate students and undergraduates can refinance student loans as early as their final semester of school, so long as they have a signed contract or letter of employment. We also refinance student loans for parents who took out debt to finance their child’s education. We also refinance student loans for parents who took out debt to finance their child’s education. To be eligible for the Parent Student Loan Refinancing Program, the child must have attended a Title IV School but does not need to have graduated. Loan eligibility depends on lending criteria, such as your credit profile, monthly income, and monthly debt payments.
*Additional eligibility requirements for Associate degree applicants:
The applicant must either be currently enrolled and in the final term of the associate degree program at a Title IV eligible school with an offer of employment in the same field in which they will receive the associate degree OR have graduated from a school that is Title IV eligible with an associate degree in the following eligible programs. The graduate must be employed, for a minimum of 12 months, in the same field of study of the associate degree earned:
Yes, Laurel Road refinances student debt for doctors (MD or DO) and dentists (DDS or DMD) while they are in residency and before they begin practicing as attending physicians. Residents can defer making full payments on their loan up to 6 months after their residency and fellowships. Total loan term including residency, fellowship and grace period must not exceed 20 years. The deferment period for residency, fellowship, and grace period must be approved and disclosed at the time of application – you will not be able to extend the term of the loan after it is disbursed. If fellowship is determined after your loan is closed, you may be able to refinance with Laurel Road to take advantage of reduced payments during fellowship.
Yes, Laurel Road refinances/consolidates both federal and private student loans, even if you have already refinanced/consolidated your student loans with another lender.
All credit products are subject to credit approval.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The U.S. Department of Education recently announced a student loan debt relief plan which includes forgiveness of up to $10,000 for qualifying federal student loans and up to $20,000 for qualifying Pell Grant recipients. For more information, please visit: https://studentaid.gov/debt-relief-announcement. Please note that if you refinance qualifying federal student loans with Laurel Road, you may no longer be eligible for certain benefits or programs and waive your right to future benefits or programs offered on those loans. Examples of benefits or programs you may not receive include, but are not limited to, student loan debt relief or public service loan forgiveness, repayment options such as Income Based Repayment or Pay As You Earn, or COVID-19 relief benefits such as a 0% interest rate, suspension of payments or loan forgiveness. Please carefully consider your options when refinancing federal student loans and consult www.studentaid.gov for the most current information.
The 0.25% Member Name employee interest rate discount is offered on new student loan refinance applications from active Member Name employees. The Member Name discount is applied to your monthly payment and will be reflected in your billing statement. The Member Name employee discount is only available at loan origination and at no other time, and will go into effect on the date the loan funds are disbursed. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts from Laurel Road affiliated partners or employers.
Checking your rate with Laurel Road only requires a soft credit pull, which will not affect your credit score. To proceed with an application, a hard credit pull will be required, which may affect your credit score.
After loan disbursement, if a borrower documents a qualifying economic hardship, we may agree in our discretion to allow for forbearance of payments for one or more 3-month time periods (however, a minimum of twelve (12) months are required between any two forbearance periods). Borrowers with a loan term of at least ten (10) years are eligible for up to twelve (12) months of forbearance over the life of the loan; borrowers with a loan term less than ten (10) years are eligible for one (1) month for every year of the loan term (e.g., if a borrower’s loan term is five (5) years they are eligible for up to five (5) months of forbearance over the life of the loan). Borrowers seeking an economic hardship forbearance due to unemployment must have made twelve (12) consecutive monthly payments prior to a forbearance request to be eligible. For any other forbearance due to economic hardship, borrowers must have made nine (9) consecutive monthly payments prior to a forbearance request to be eligible. All requests for forbearance are subject to review, including the review of acceptable documentation (including updating documentation) of the nature and expected duration of the borrower's economic hardship. During any period of forbearance, interest will continue to accrue. Unless otherwise noted, at the end of the forbearance period, any unpaid accrued interest will be capitalized and be added to the remaining principal amount of the loan.
AutoPay / EFT Discount: If you choose to make monthly payments automatically by electronic fund transfer (EFT) from a bank account, the rate will decrease by 0.25% and will increase back if you stop making monthly payments (or we stop accepting) automatically by EFT from your bank account. The 0.25% AutoPay/EFT Discount will not reduce the monthly payment; instead, the discount is applied to the principal to help pay the loan down faster.
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STUDENT LOAN REFINANCING – TERMS AND CONDITIONS
ELIGIBILITY & ELIGIBLE LOANS
Borrower, and Co-signer if applicable, must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident with a valid I-551 card (which must show a minimum of 10 years between “Resident Since” date and “Card Expires” date or has no expiration date); state that they are of at least borrowing age in the state of residence at the time of application; and meet Lender underwriting criteria (including, for example, employment, debt-to-income, disposable income, and credit history requirements).
Borrowers may refinance any unsubsidized or subsidized Federal or private student loan that was used exclusively for qualified higher education expenses (as defined in 26 USC Section 221) at an accredited U.S. undergraduate or graduate school.
Borrower must have graduated or be enrolled in good standing in the final term preceding graduation from an accredited Title IV U.S. school and must be employed, or have an eligible offer of employment. Parents looking to refinance loans taken out on behalf of a child should refer to https://www.laurelroad.com/refinance-student-loans/refinance-parent-loans/ for more information.
For Associates Degrees: Only associates degrees earned in one of the following are eligible for refinancing: Cardiovascular Technologist (CVT); Dental Hygiene; Diagnostic Medical Sonography; EMT/Paramedics; Nuclear Technician; Nursing; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Pharmacy Technician; Physical Therapy Assistant; Radiation Therapy; Radiologic/MRI Technologist; Respiratory Therapy; or Surgical Technologist. To refinance an Associates degree, a borrower must also either be currently enrolled and in the final term of an associate degree program at a Title IV eligible school with an offer of employment in the same field in which they will receive an eligible associate degree OR have graduated from a school that is Title IV eligible with an eligible associate and have been employed, for a minimum of 12 months, in the same field of study of the associate degree earned.
For bachelor’s degrees and higher, up to 100% of outstanding private and federal student loans (minimum $5,000) are eligible for refinancing.
For eligible Associates degrees in the healthcare field (see Eligibility & Eligible Loans section above), Lender will refinance up to $50,000 in loans for non-ParentPlus refinance loans. Note, parents who are refinancing loans taken out on behalf of a child who has obtained an associates degrees in an eligible healthcare field are not subject to the $50,000 loan maximum, refer to https://www.laurelroad.com/refinance-student-loans/refinance-parent-loans/ for more information.
There are no origination fees or prepayment penalties associated with the loan. Lender may assess a late fee if any part of a payment is not received within 15 days of the payment due date. Any late fee assessed shall not exceed 5% of the late payment or $28, whichever is less. A borrower may be charged $20 for any payment (including a check or an electronic payment) that is returned unpaid due to non-sufficient funds (NSF) or a closed account.