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Citizens Bank is a brand name of Citizens Bank, N.A. (NMLS ID# 433960) and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania (NMLS ID# 522615).
Citizens Bank corporate headquarters: One Citizens Plaza, Providence, RI 02903
Average savings based on 42,744
actual customers who refinanced their federal and private student loans through our Education Refinance Loan between January 6, 2014 and July 25, 2016
. The borrower's savings might vary based on the interest rates, balances and remaining repayment term of the loans they are seeking to refinance. The borrower's overall repayment amount may be higher than the loans they are refinancing even if their monthly payments are lower.
Our lowest rates include an interest rate reduction of 0.50 percentage points, which is possible with the following discounts:
: You will be eligible for a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction on an Education Refinance Loan if you or your co-signer (if applicable) has a qualifying account in existence with us at the time you and your co-signer (if applicable) have submitted a completed application authorizing us to review your credit request for the Education Refinance Loan. The following are qualifying accounts: any checking account, savings account, money market account, certificate of deposit, automobile loan, home equity loan, home equity line of credit, mortgage, credit card account, Education Refinance Loans, Citizens Bank Student Loan Student Loan for Parents, or any other private student loan from Citizens Bank. Please note, our checking and savings account options are only available in the following states: CT, DE, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI and VT. This discount will be reflected in the interest rate disclosed in your Education Refinance Loan Approval Disclosure that will be provided to you once your loan is approved. Limit of one Loyalty Discount per loan, and discount will not be applied to prior loans. The Loyalty Discount will remain in effect for the life of the loan.
Automatic Payment Discount
: During periods when payments are due, you will be eligible to receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction on your loan by authorizing our loan servicer to automatically deduct your payments each month from any bank account you designate. If our loan servicer is unable to successfully withdraw the automatic deductions from the designated account three or more times within any 12-month period, you will no longer be eligible for this benefit.
Borrowers may apply for co-signer release after making 36 consecutive on-time payments of principal and interest. For the purpose of the application for co-signer release, on-time payments are defined as payments received within 15 days of the due date. Interest only payments do not qualify. The borrower must meet certain credit and eligibility guidelines when applying for the co-signer release. Borrowers must complete an application for release and provide income verification documents as part of the review. Borrowers who use deferment or forbearance will need to make 36 consecutive on-time payments after reentering repayment to qualify for release. The borrower applying for co-signer release must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. If an application for co-signer release is denied, the borrower may not reapply for co-signer release until at least one year from the date the application for co-signer release was received. Terms and conditions apply.
Education Refinance Loan Eligibility
: Eligible applicants may not be currently enrolled, must be in repayment of their existing student loan(s) and must make the minimum number of principal and interest payments after leaving school. Primary borrowers must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or resident alien with a valid U.S. Social Security Number residing in the United States. Resident aliens must apply with a co-signer who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The co-signer (if applicable) must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a valid U.S. Social Security Number residing in the United States. For applicants who have not attained the age of majority in their state of residence, a co-signer will be required. Citizens Bank reserves the right to modify or discontinue these benefits at any time. Any changes to these benefits will not affect loans issued prior to the change date. Education Refinance Loans are subject to credit qualification, completion of a loan application/consumer credit agreement, verification of application information, certification of borrower’s student loan amount(s) and highest degree earned.
Education Refinance Loan Suitability
: Some federal student loans include unique benefits that the borrower may not receive with a private student loan, some of which we do not offer with the Education Refinance Loan. Borrowers should carefully review their current benefits, especially if they work in public service, are in the military, are currently on or considering income based repayment options or are concerned about a steady source of future income and would want to lower their payments at some time in the future. When the borrower refinances, they waive any current and potential future benefits of their federal loans and replace those with the benefits of the Education Refinance Loan. For more information about federal student loan benefits and federal loan consolidation, visit http://studentaid.ed.gov
. We also have several resources available to help the borrower make a decision at http://www.citizensbank.com/EdRefinance
, including our FAQs and an article Should I Refinance My Student Loans
?, which includes a comparison of federal and private student loan benefits that we encourage the borrower to review.