With student loan debt escalating each year, many Americans are more focused on making a living than living their lives. First Tech is here to help. Our Student Loan Refinance Program may help you manage student debt by improving cash flow, so you can live the life you want now.
Think of it as your fast track to prosperity.
Plus, when you refinance your private or federal loans with a member-owned credit union, you also get piece of mind that money made from your interest goes back into the products and services that benefit you.
When you refinance your student loans with First Tech, you’ll work with a dedicated specialist to assist in finding a loan and repayment schedule that grows with your success. We listen to your needs and goals and offer the products and services to help you achieve them.
Student Loan Refinancing Options
In order to be eligible, the following criteria must be met:
First Tech Member at the time of funding
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
Provide a valid Social Security Number
Provide a physical U.S. address
Be of legal age for the state in which you reside at the time of application
Attended or graduated from a not for profit accredited U.S. Title IV eligible school
Easily Submit an Application
Be prepared with the following information:
Social Security Number
Employer Information including salary
If you are going to have a co-signer
The number of loans you plan on refinancing
The approximate balance being refinanced
You will receive two emails: One with the status of your loan application and one with applicable disclosures
If your application is approved, you will receive a notice of approval
You’ll be asked to provide proof of income and recent copies of your current loan statements
You'll be sent loan documents for review and signature(s)
You’ll receive your final disclosure and you will have the option to make automatic payments
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Student Loan FAQs
Student loan refinancing overview
Potential benefits of refinancing student loans include:
- Combining multiple payments from various lenders into one payment
- A lower monthly payment
- A lower interest rate and/or a smaller amount of money paid out over the life of the loan.
Federal loans offer specific protections for some borrowers including loan forgiveness, deferment, and forbearance. These options could be lost by refinancing a federal loan to a private loan.
Rates are determined by your credit score, terms of the loan and the amount of the loan. The rate will be disclosed to you prior to you accepting the loan.
The potential to save money when refinancing depends on a few factors. Both the rate and the length of the new loan will impact your monthly payments. It’s possible to save money on a monthly basis but still pay more over the life of the loan. It’s important to look at all factors when looking to refinance a loan.
During the application process we’ll need proof of income, usually a W-2 form for the last two years and a current paystub will suffice. Additionally, we’ll need the most recent statements of your current loans. Other items may be required as we process your loan.
You may email the Student Loan Team any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888.422.5680.
What can I refinance?
If interest rates have dropped since your original loan disbursement, you can take advantage of the lower rate by refinancing. Securing a better rate not only lowers your monthly payment, but reduces the amount you owe over the life of the loan.
Yes, you may refinance student loans at First Tech even if you have already refinanced with another financial institution.
You may refinance student loans in a range of sizes, small or large. The First Tech student loan team can review your current student loans and make a recommendation based on your individual account .
You may refinance select student loans with First Tech, but each individual loan must be paid in full. You may not refinance with a partial payoff on a student loan.
You may refinance all student loans, consolidating private and federal loans together.
Yes, you may refinance Federal Direct student loans with First Tech.
Yes, you may refinance federal student loans with First Tech, even if they are held by a third party service.
You may refinance a PLUS student loan if you are the primary signer on the loan.
What does refinancing look like?
There are many student loan refinancing options. The type of loan you choose depends on the timeframe (how long you want to take to repay the loan) and what size payments you are able to make.
- If you want to make lower payments now, but anticipate you will be able to make higher payments in a few years, you may want to look at a Balloon Loan or Interest-Only Loan.
- If you are looking for a lower interest rate and consistent payments for the life of the loan, First Tech’s popular Fixed Term Loan may be right for you.
Contact a First Tech student loan expert to discuss your student loan refinancing options.
Student loan interest rates are determined by your credit score, terms of the loan, and the amount of the loan.
How do I refinance my student loans?
To refinance your student loans, you will need to submit:
- Proof of income (this could be a W-2 form for the last two years and a current pay stub)
- The most recent statements of your current loans
- Other items may be requested as First Tech processes your loan
The application process to refinance student loans typically takes about five (5) business days. Some unique situations may take longer to process.
Repayment on your student loans depends on the type of loan.
For Fixed Rate Loans, your first payment can be up to 90 days after closing.
For Balloon and Interest Only Loans, your first payment is due 30 days after closing.
A refinanced student loan can be co-signed by a parent as long as the primary signer on the original loan is the same before and after refinancing.
At this time, First Tech does not offer this option.
Please contact a First Tech Student Loan specialist.
What does First Tech offer?
First Tech only offers refinancing of current student loans.
Loan refinancing can be a great way to save money. When you refinance student loans, your old loan(s) are paid off with a new loan, and the old terms are replaced with new terms. Most people choose to refinance their student loans to pay less interest or have smaller monthly payments.
Loan consolidation combines multiple student loans into a single, larger loan. You may consolidate private and federal loans together, so you make just make one payment.
The Student Loan Lifestyle Package is available exclusively to First Tech members. Student loan refinancing is just one of the many great benefits available when you become a member.
The Student Loan Lifestyle Package includes special bonuses and discounts on other First Tech products like checking accounts and credit cards. Ask the Student Loan Team for more information.
*APR=Annual Percentage Rate. Actual rate will be determined based on the applicant's credit history, and final loan terms. Offer is subject to normal credit qualifications, meeting First Tech Federal Credit Union's relationship requirements and underwriting policy guidelines. Interest rate and program terms are subject to change without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.
**15-Year Fixed Loan Term Rate selected for comparison purposes only, your current rate may be higher or lower.
a. Not all existing student loans will qualify for refinance under our program; eligibility depends on the school of graduation and the degree .The school must be Title IV eligible, non-profit and offer Bachelors, Masters and/or Doctorate degrees. Title IV refers to the Higher Education Act. A Title IV school is an institution that processes U.S. federal student aid.
b. Membership with the Credit Union is required to obtain a loan.
c. A balloon loan is a loan that requires a larger-than-usual one-time payment at the end of the loan term. This can mean your payments are lower in the years before the balloon payment comes due but you will owe a larger amount at the end of the loan.
d. An interest only loan will have lower payments during the interest only term and will result in a higher payment during the payback period when principal and interest is included in the monthly payment.
e. Choosing the balloon loan or interest only loan will result in additional interest over the life of the loan when compared to the fixed loan.
f. For your reference, here is a copy of the Federal Benefits Disclosure
g. For your reference, here is a copy of the Student Loan Credit Agreement