Fixed-rate student loan refinance rates narrowly miss record high

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The latest student loan refinance interest rate trends on the Credible Marketplace, updated weekly. (Stock)

Rates for well-qualified borrowers using the Credible Marketplace to refinance student loans into 10-year fixed rate loans fell just below record lows during the week of April 19, 2021.

For borrowers with credit scores of 720 or higher who used the Credible Marketplace to select a lender, during the week of April 19:

  • Rates on 10-year fixed-rate loans averaged 3.72%, down from 3.77% the previous week and 4.69% a year ago. The record low for 10-year fixed rate loans was 3.71%, during the week of February 15, 2021.
  • Rates on 5-year variable rate loans averaged 3.28%, down slightly from 3.30% the previous week and 3.25% a year ago. Variable rate loans recorded a record low of 2.63% during the week of June 29, 2020.

Weekly Trends in Student Loan Refinance Rates

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If you’re curious about what kind of student loan refinance rates you might qualify for, you can use an online tool like Credible to compare options from different private lenders. Checking your rates will not affect your credit score.

Current Student Loan Refinance Rates by FICO Score

To ease the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, interest and payments on federal student loans have been suspended until at least September 30, 2021. While this relief is in place, there are few incentives to refinance federal student loans. . But many borrowers with private student loans are taking advantage of low interest rates to refinance their student debt at lower rates.

If you qualify to refinance your student loans, the interest rate you may be offered may depend on factors such as your FICO score, the type of loan you are seeking (fixed or variable rate), and the repayment term. of the loan.

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The table above shows that good credit can help you get a lower rate, and rates tend to be higher on loans with fixed interest rates and longer repayment terms. Since each lender has their own method of evaluating borrowers, it’s a good idea to ask for rates from multiple lenders so you can compare your options. A student loan refinance calculator can help you estimate how much you could save.

If you want to refinance with bad credit, you may need to apply with a co-signer. Or, you can work on improving your credit before applying. Many lenders will allow children to refinance parent PLUS loans in their own name after graduation.

You can use Credible to compare rates from multiple private lenders at once without affecting your credit score.

How Student Loan Refinance Rates Are Determined

The rates charged by private lenders to refinance student loans depend partly on the economic environment and interest rates, but also on the duration of the loan, the type of loan (fixed or variable rate), creditworthiness of the borrower and operating costs and profit margin.

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