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Why Apply?

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. 

 

 
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Pay fixed payments throughout the life of the loan for 5, 10 or 15 years
Make smaller monthly payments and one large payment of 40% or 50% of the original loan amount at the end of the loan term of 15 years
Make smaller initial payments of interest only from 1-10 years, then larger payments of principal and interest for the remainder of the loan term of 15 years
Pay the same fixed monthly payment throughout the loan term.  This option will accrue the least amount of finance charges over the life of the loan.
Pay lower monthly payments at the onset with one final large payment.  A great benefit for professionals who may have bonuses or higher earnings potential as their careers grow. 
Smaller initial monthly payments.  A great benefit for professionals who are likely to have bonuses or higher earnings potential as their careers grow. 
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Refinancing your student loan is just the start. At First Tech we're here to help you with your entire financial life; and that's why, once you get your new student loan, you may also be eligible for discounts on Auto Loans and bonuses on Checking Accounts and Credit Cards.

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Our DebtSafe program offers the ability to cancel all or a portion of the loan balance in the event of Loss of Life, Disability, or Involuntary Unemployment.
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Is refinancing your student loans the right thing to do?
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Should you refinance your student loans?
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Compare your current student loans to a First Tech Student Loan and see how much you can save.

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Application Process

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Determine Eligibility

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 

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Easily Submit an Application

Be prepared with the following information:

Name

Address

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

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After Submission

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

Student Loan FAQs

What are the benefits to refinancing my student loans?

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.

What are possible disadvantages of refinancing my federal student loans?

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.

What interest rate will I get?

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.

Will I save money by refinancing my student loans?

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.

What documentation will you need from me?

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.

Who can I contact with questions?

You may email the Student Loan Team any time at studentloans@firsttechfed.com or call 888.422.5680.
 

*APR=Annual Percentage Rate. Actual rate will be determined based on the applicant's credit history, and final loan terms. All loans are subject to credit approval. Credit Union membership is required and subject to approval. Interest rate and program terms are subject to change. Additional restrictions may apply. Eligibility depends on the school of graduation and 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. The 'No Payments for 90 days’ offer is available for Fixed Term Student Loan Refinance loan only.