- Zero loan application or origination fee
- 0.25% interest rate reduction with auto pay
- No cosigner needed
- Competitive interest rates from 2.99%
- Cannot have more than $150K in student loan debt
- Minimum consolidation amount is $5K
- Only certain student loans are eligible for consolidation
- 30-45 day process in total
Good online resources, but no access to rates
Customer services and support
Offers multiple repayment plans- but no special repayment programs
Loan Types Covered
Covers all student loan types
Doesn't cover bad credit, low income borrowers
Students or Graduates who have more than $5K of undergraduate student loan debt would benefit most from Discovers student loan refinance. With the option of a low fixed or variable interest rate, customers can drop their interest rate to as low as 1.74% - 5.74% Variable on qualifying student loans. This is an ideal option for those looking to lower their monthly payments and consolidate all of their student debt into one low interest loan.
Discover offers their refinance option with zero application fees, origination fees, and no cosigner. Those who choose to have a cosigner assume the added possibility of a lower interest rate and thus a lower loan term payment. In addition, customers can consolidate up to the entire aggregate amount of their student debt from both federal and private lenders.
- No application fee
- Interest Rates as Low as
1.74% - 5.74% Variable
- 10-20 year repayment terms
- 0.25% interest reduction when you opt for auto pay
The Application Process
The entire loan process can take up to 45 days to process including the credit check. However, the application process is made simple and can be done from your computer, smartphone or tablet. The Discover website boasts it’s timely “15 minutes or less” application time, with the option of reaching support anytime at 1-800-STUDENT 24/7.
After you select whether you’d like to opt for a variable or a fixed interest rate you then verify the loans you want to refinance. Once you and your lenders have confirmed the loans you then sign your loan documents and accept your terms and conditions online.
While customers do have the choice of which loans they would like to consolidate, Discover does list explicitly which loans do not qualify for their refinancing option. In addition there are certain loan terms the borrower must comply with.
- Repayment Period can be 10 or 20 years
- First Payment is due 30-45 days after consolidation
- Loans from any schooling prior to your undergraduate degree are ineligible (K-12)
- Postgraduate Loans are ineligible
- Loans borrowed while enrolled less than half time (6 credit hours) are ineligible
Loan length can range from 10 or 20 years depending on your credit history and that of your co-signer, if you have one. There is also the option of having a fixed interest rate, which can range from 3.49% - 6.99% Fixed or a variable interest rate which ranges from 1.74%. A fixed rate allows you to lock in your interest rate for your entire loan term. Depending on the market when you refinance you could lock in a high or low rate but would have full disclosure of your repayment amount. However, if you opt for a variable interest rate your loan amount can and will fluctuate depending on the cyclic market behavior.
Customers also have the option of deferring payments if they are enrolled in school at least half time, on active military duty, serving in a public service organization or in a Medical residency. Discover does offer assistance to those who may be unable to make their payments. You can find out more about repayment assistance by calling 1-800-STUDENT to see if you qualify.
How Safe Is It?
Safety is a top priority whether your banking in person or online. Discover ensures it’s customers safety through extensive security with it’s online banking, complete with identity verification, fraud specialists and Secure Socket Layer Certification (SSL). Preventing fraud through diligent account monitoring and protecting your privacy through preventative safeguards. Discover is also FDIC insured. With $250,000 of deposits insurance per depositor all accounts are covered up to the maximum amount allowed by law.
Help & Support
It looks as though Discover is committed to providing a seamless experience for all it’s customers. Seeing as how they have made their customer service team accessible day or night, 24/7. You can reach them at 1-800-STUDENT, by email through your login portal or by fax at 1-224-813-5195.
Refinancing your student loans can be the key to a lower interest rate, quicker pay off and lower monthly payments over the term of your loan. Discover offers all of this plus no application or origination fee to get started. With a streamlined application process you can apply to have your loans refinanced in as little as 15 minutes through the online portal. If you have over $5,000 of high interest federal or private undergraduate student loans, Discover’s option stands as a top choice in overall process and affordability.
Discover Student Loans
PO Box 6107
Carol Stream, IL 60197-6107
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2012 Corporate Lane, Suite 108
Naperville, IL 60563
Discover Student Loans
PO Box 30947
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0947
PO Box 30948
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0948
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Discover Student Loans
5420 W 1730 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84104