Is the Time Right to Refinance Your Student Loans?

Molly Carapiet, Director of Operations, Eagle Lending, First Republic Bank
September 5, 2018

If you want to reduce your debt more efficiently, student loan refinancing is a good option that might be available to you. You may already know what the benefits can be, but here is why you shouldn’t wait to take advantage of refinancing:

You could be leaving money on the table

Many professionals who completed graduate school in the last decade took out student loans of more than $100,000 at interest rates upwards of 6.95 percent. If this rings true for you, a lot of the money you send your lenders every month goes toward paying off the interest you’ve accrued.

But, if you refinance, you may be able to cut your existing interest rate by several percentage points and reduce what you owe in interest over the life of your loan — a change that could result in substantial savings. The sooner you refinance your loans, the more time you’ll have to benefit from a potentially lower rate, and the better position you’ll be in to maximize your savings.

For example, a borrower with a $147,000 loan balance over a 10-year term could save more than $32,000* over the life of the loan.


Refinance your student loans – fixed rates as low as 1.95% APR with discounts.

You’re putting your other financial goals on hold

You have big financial goals (and personal ones too), but you’ve set many of them aside until your student loan debt is paid off. Why not speed up that process? You can take all of those monthly savings and put them towards making pre-payments each month or you can select a shorter loan and get rid of your higher education debt more quickly. Once you are student-debt-free, you can funnel your former loan payments to a new goal — whether that’s increasing your retirement contributions, funding a home improvement project or saving for your child’s education.

You want to make the right financial choices for your life

If you decide to refinance your student loans today, there are more lenders, interest rates, and loan terms to choose from than ever before. Each lender will offer a different application process, selection of interest rates, choice of loan terms, and additional benefits, so it’s a good idea to shop around before deciding what’s the right fit for you. Use an online student loan refinancing calculator to estimate your future monthly payments and potential savings.

When you first borrowed money to attend college or graduate school, you did so to fund your dreams of higher education. But now that you’ve achieved these goals and built a successful career, the same student loans that helped you get where you are today could start to feel more like a burden. As you pursue your new dreams of homeownership, growing your family or taking the next step in your career, expensive loan payments could be holding you back from making meaningful progress.

If you’re ready to take control of your finances, the time to refinance is now.

*Assumes an original loan amount of $147,000, 10-year term, and a rate of 7.21% APR, refinanced to 3.35% APR. Total savings over the 10-year term would be $31,882. Loan amount reflects all customers who refinanced their student loans with First Republic Bank between 1/1/2015 and 9/1/2017. 7.21% was the Direct Plus Student Loan Program rate effective 7/1/2014 to 6/30/2015. Actual savings may vary based on the interest rates, balances and remaining repayment term of the loans being refinanced.

The strategies mentioned in this article may have tax and legal consequences; therefore, you should consult your own attorneys and/or tax advisors to understand the tax and legal consequences of any strategies mentioned in this document. First Republic does not provide tax or legal advice. We make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained here. This information is governed by our Terms and Conditions of Use.