When you refinance student loans, you get credit for the positive changes to your financial profile since you originally took out the loans. A student loan refinance is a good choice for people who have seen advances in their income, career, or credit score since they were in school.
Our data-driven evaluation of your full financial profile gives us the ability to offer qualified borrowers lower, more personalized rates than traditional lenders can. So whether you want to pay off your student faster or just reduce your student loan payments, we can help.
Refinancing vs. Consolidation
Student loan consolidation is the process of unifying several loans with different rates and terms into a single loan with a single payment. The blended interest rate is determined by calculating the weighted average interest rate of the original loans (meaning higher balance loans have greater impact). Consolidating student loans does not affect the amount of interest you pay—it just simplifies your payments.
Refinancing student loans, on the other hand, is a step beyond consolidation. When you refinance multiple loans, the lender will evaluate your current financial profile to provide a rate that reflects your financial progress since you originally took out the loans. Whereas consolidation just streamlines bills, refinancing also shrinks them. Read more about refinancing vs. consolidation on our blog.
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I originally obtained a loan from Earnest 3 years ago and become of changes to my income, I needed to refinance my existing loans. Everyone I spoke to was kind and helpful, and I really appreciated being able to text me questions at my convenience. I recommend Earnest to all of my nursing coworkers who in the same boat trying to pay of their loans and looking for a good rate and excellent customer service.
Nicole L. - Brooklyn, NY
New York University, Other Medical
Easy application process & best rates
Their website was easy to use, and I had an approval the next day. Not to mention, I was able to select the best rate and schedule of payment for my needs.
Jessica B. - Tucscon, AZ
Western Governors University, Masters of Arts
Best loan company
This process was quick and easy and gave me a great rate. Dealing with loan companies usually isn’t pleasant but I have no complaints here.
Average savings calculation is based on all Earnest clients who refinanced student loans owned and serviced by Navient between 03/06/2017 and 03/31/2018. The savings figure of a particular client is calculated by subtracting the projected lifetime cost of their Earnest refinancing from the projected total cost of their original student loans.
How we calculate the figures:
For the original student loans, the projected lifetime costs are calculated using the weighted average term of the original loans and the weighted average interest rate in effect in the month prior to the refinance event, including borrower benefits (e.g. automatic payment discounts).
For the refinanced loans, projected lifetime costs are calculated using the selected Earnest term and interest rate, also including borrower benefits.
Projected lifetime costs assume a principal balance of $75,000.
Projected monthly savings is derived by using the “projected lifetime savings” divided by the selected Earnest term
In order to calculate our average client savings, we excluded:
Savings from any client that selected an Earnest loan with a longer term than their Navient student loan terms
Loans resulting from a client refinancing the same Earnest loan with Earnest
Average client savings amount is not predictive or indicative of your individual cost savings. For example, your individual savings may differ based on your loan term and rate type selections, if you change your repayment options, or if you pay off your student loans early.
Explanation of Rates “With Autopay”
Rates shown include 0.25% APR reduction when client agrees to make monthly principal and interest payments by automatic electronic payment. Use of autopay is not required to receive an Earnest loan.
Explanation of Precision Pricing™ Savings
Savings calculations are based on refinancing $121,825 in student loans at an existing loan servicer’s interest rate of 7.5% fixed APR with 10 years, 6 months remaining on the loan term. The other lender’s savings and APR (light green line) represent what would happen if those loans were refinanced at the other lender’s best fixed APRs. The Earnest savings and APR (white line) represent refinancing those loans at Earnest’s best fixed APRs.
Savings is computed as the difference between the future scheduled payments on the existing loans and payments on new Earnest and “other lender” loans. The calculation assumes on-time loan payments, no change in interest rates, and no prepayment of loans.
Individuals portrayed as Earnest clients on this site are actual clients and were compensated for their participation.