Four Reasons You Should Refinance Your Student Loans

Molly Carapiet, Eagle Lending All-in-One Program Manager, First Republic Bank

October 9, 2015

Young professionals with large student loan balances are often stuck between a rock and a hard place. While many graduate school attendees land impressive jobs after they leave, these rising stars often have monthly payments that are financially burdensome.

For high achievers dealing with loan balances in the $60,000 to $300,000 range, student loan refinancing can provide substantial financial and emotional incentives. Here are four ways that refinancing your educational debt could benefit you:  

1. One simple monthly payment

It can be cumbersome to keep track of numerous student loan balances and payment dates, particularly when they’re spread across several loan servicers. By refinancing your loans, you can maintain one balance in just one place, making it easier to know who to contact when questions or concerns arise.

2. Decreased costs

Those who choose to refinance to a five-year term at a lower rate benefit from what could be a substantial savings in interest payments over the loan’s duration. A borrower with a $100,000 loan, for example, can save more than $34,000 over the life of the loan -- just by refinancing from a 10-year to a five year term.*

Estimate your monthly payments and potential savings with our refinancing estimator.

3. Potentially lower interest rate or monthly payment

Recent graduate school alumni have seen loans with rates in the six to eight percent range. Those with the strongest credit histories can potentially lower their existing rate by several percentage points, consequently decreasing their monthly payments –particularly in an environment with historically low interest rates that may not stay that way for long.

4. New banking opportunities

As their careers progress and wealth is built, budding professionals often need to tap financial experts for their knowledge and guidance. By developing a personal relationship with a financial institution now, young professionals can begin to develop a rapport with a private banker, preparing them for when it’s time to buy a house, consider charitable giving options, or invest the wealth accumulated along the way.

Your banker will be able to help you determine when student loan refinance makes the most sense. If it’s the right fit for you, refinancing your educational debt can offer a wide range of benefits and set you up for continued financial success.

*Assumes an existing rate of 6.95% and a new rate of 1.90%.

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