In a Nutshell
- Quick, hassle-free application decision
- No prepayment fees or late fees
- Auto-pay discount of 0.25%
- Not available in 18 states (but more states to come)
- Rates not published on website
- Student Loan Refinance products not available in New York
Figure at a Glance
As mentioned, Figure is targeting people aged 28-35 who are college educated, have at least $55,000 in annual household income, and are motivated by the desire to pay off their student debt so they can move into the next stage in life: home ownership. Figure aims to give aspiring homeowners an easy way to save money with a quick, pain-free student loan refinance at a lower interest rate than their original loans.
Figure stands for simplified student loan refinancing: simplified application, simplified fees, and a simplified single repayment instead of the multiple federal and private student loan payments you’re probably stuck with at present. Powered by advanced technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence, Figure represents a new phase in consumer credit products – where automation works to the borrower’s advantage.
These are the highlights of Figure’s student loan refinancing service:
- No prepayment or late fees
- 0.25% APR discount when you set up auto pay
- Up to 12 months of forbearance, upon request
- Automated, paperless application, where Figure does all the legwork of collecting your documents
- Refinancing of federal loans, private loans, or both
- Lets users securely link their current student loan account(s) to apply
- User-friendly personal dashboard that lets you track your application and payment status
- Unlike some competitors, Figure services its own loans and supports borrowers the whole way through
The Application Process
One noticeable aspect of the Figure student loan refinancing application process is that it’s quick. Figure’s mission is to make it easier for student debt holders to refinance and it delivers on this by approving most applicants in minutes.
To get started, applicants need only fill out the bare basics to get an offer: name, date of birth, address, contact details, and annual gross income plus bonus. Figure’s powerful automated online assessment tool goes to work to pull up the rest of your details and make an assessment. If it can’t identify you from the information provided, it will ask you for your social security number or individual taxpayer identification number to help it complete the assessment.
To be eligible for student loan refinancing from Figure, you must be a US citizen or permanent residents that has graduated from a four-year or graduate Title IV school in the United States. Checking your rate won’t affect your credit score. However, if you decide to take a loan, Figure may conduct a hard credit pull – which will affect your score. On the downside, Figure doesn’t state its minimum credit score requirement. The only way to find out if you qualify is to apply.
Loan Terms, Amounts, and APR
Figure offers loan amounts of anywhere from $5,000 to $250,000. Repayment term options are 5, 7, 10, 15, or 20 years. Figure doesn’t publish APRs on its website; to find out your pre-qualified rate, you must submit an application. However, it holds out the promise of a superior APR to your old student loans.
*Student Loan Refinance products not available in New York
How Safe Is It?
By automating the collection and uploading of your personal information, Figure keeps the exchange of personal details to a minimum – streamlining the application process and keeping applicants safer and more secure. Instead of asking you for extensive details, Figure extracts and uploads your details securely to its system. According to Figure, it uses a range of security and encryption techniques throughout the process to keep your data secure.
Rather than force each user to set up a password, Figure provides a link via email to access your account. To log into your dashboard, simply press the login button on the Figure website, enter your email address, and then go to your inbox to find the authentication link. By eliminating the need for passwords, Figure makes its system less vulnerable to hacking.
Help & Support
Although primarily an online operation, Figure provides telephone and email support. It enjoys a 4.8-star rating on Trustpilot, with 93% of customers rating it “Excellent” and only 3% “poor” or “bad”. Although Figure had only just launched its student loan refinancing platform before this review was published, it’s fair to assume its student loan platform will have the same strong level of customer service as its home equity and mortgage refinancing platforms.
To speak to a customer support rep about student loans refinancing, contact:
Phone: 888-819-6388, Mon-Sat, 6am – 6pm Pacific Time (not for use by New York borrowers).
The advertised APR includes an autopay discount of 0.25%. As of 3/20/2020, APRs start at 4.50% for customers that do not opt in to autopay. These rates are for the most qualified applicants and are higher for other applicants. To be eligible for the advertised rate, an applicant must have more than $5,500 in discretionary income and a credit score of 800 or higher. Figure calculates monthly discretionary income by reducing monthly income by a state income tax factor, and then subtracting estimated housing expenses, transportation expenses, and other expenses listed in your credit report. The advertised rate is only available for applicants who select 5 year loan terms; longer terms have higher rates. Rates change frequently so your exact interest rate will depend on the date you apply. Loan terms and fees are also subject to change.
The advertised variable APR includes an autopay discount of 0.25%. As of 3/20/2020, variable APRs start at 4.50% for customers that do not opt in to autopay. These rates are for the most qualified applicants and are higher for other applicants. To be eligible for the advertised rate, an applicant must have more than $5,500 in monthly discretionary income and a credit score of 800 or higher. Figure calculates monthly discretionary income by reducing monthly income by a state income tax factor, and then subtracting estimated housing expenses, transportation expenses, and other expenses listed in your credit report. The advertised rate is only available for applicants who select 5 year loan terms; longer terms have higher rates. Because the rate is variable, it could move lower or higher based upon the LIBOR Rate (as published in the Wall Street Journal). Rates change frequently so your exact interest rate will depend on the date you apply. Loan terms and fees are also subject to change.