In a Nutshell
- Unemployment protection
- Co-signing is available for refinancing loans
- Shortest available loan term is 3 years
- Consolidation forfeits government loans forgiveness
SoFi at a Glance
|APR||2.57% - 8.179%|
|Loan types||Student loans refinancing, medical resident refinancing|
|Refinance amount||Up to 100% of outstanding debt amount|
|Repayment terms||5 to 20 years|
|Minimum credit score||Good credit|
|Best for||Upwardly mobile graduates who want long loan terms|
In 2011, four graduates from the Stanford Graduate School of Business founded SoFi as a company committed to helping people pay student debts in a timely way. The dedication to lowering customers’ student debt payments have made it one of the most popular and fastest growing companies in the industry.
SoFi has over 143,500 members who have saved a total of over $760 million on student debts from the more than $10 billion in loans. SoFi prides itself on the ability to service customers' needs, which is why it was the first marketplace lender to receive a Moody’s top credit rating of AAA for a bond offering.
SoFi’s creditworthiness selection process is forward looking and takes into account a potential borrower’s education history and upward mobility. For that reason, if a customer becomes unemployed, SoFi will pause payments and help with job placement and coaching.
SoFi Student Loan Refinancing Highlights
- Fixed rates of 3.899% - 8.149% APR variable rates of 2.57% - 6.98% APR, with AutoPay
- Fixed rates of 4.149% - 8.054% APR variable rates of 3.04% - 7.774% APR, without AutoPay
- Checking rates will not affect your credit score
- If you face unemployment, SoFi will pause payments and offer interview coaching, resume review, and negotiation training.
- Loan terms: 5-, 7-, 10-, 15- and 20-year
- No application or origination fees and no prepayment penalties
- Autopay discount of 0.25%
- $5,000 minimum to refinance, no maximum amount
Information and Support
SoFi offers customers an extensive library of articles, informative reading material along with tools tools to help borrowers understand the bigger picture. The blog hosted by SoFi provides over 200 articles on various lending and general personal finance topics.
SoFi’s FAQ section guides users through the entire student loan refinancing process so that borrowers fully understand their options.
SoFi provides customers with several calculators and a student debt refinancing guide to ensure customers have all the information they need to make their borrowing decisions.
SoFi provides significant support services. For customers who have become unemployed, SoFi offers interview coaching, resume review, and educates customers with negotiating tactics services to help them find a new job. Furthermore, if customers need any help, SoFi’s customer support experts are available by phone, email and Twitter 7 days a week during business hours.
Types of Debt
SoFi customers can refinance both secured and unsecured debt. Therefore, SoFi customers can refinance their student loans whether they were issued from a private lender or the government.
SoFi is one of the few companies in the industry that provides borrowers with the choice of fixed rate or variable rate loan options. Additionally customers are offered a choice of 5 different loan term options, 3-, 5-, 7-, 10-, 15-, or 20 years, so that customers can repay their loan in a time frame that best suits their financial circumstances. SoFi ‘s student debt consolidation loans have some of the longest terms in the industry and are specifically designed for recent school graduates who may need a longer time frame to pay down their debts.
SoFi's Application Process
Getting a rate quote from SoFi requires an application form that takes approximately 10 minutes to fill out. Potential borrowers must give the same basic information they would for any loan. In addition, prospective customers must enter detailed education and employment information, as this information is critical for SoFi’s creditworthiness assessment. If a borrower does not meet the lending qualifications on their own, SoFi offers a co-signing option.
SoFi is one of the most reputable student debt consolidation companies in the alternative lending business. The flexibility of terms and rate options coupled with low interest rates makes it a standout and favorite among recent graduates. If a borrower loses their job, SoFi will adjust payment plans and help them find a new job, the mark of a company that cares about its customers.
Fixed rates from 3.899% APR to 8.179% APR (with AutoPay). Variable rates from 2.570% APR to 6.980% APR (with AutoPay). Interest rates on variable rate loans are capped at either 8.95% or 9.95% depending on term of loan. SoFi rate ranges are current as of September 14, 2018 and are subject to change without notice. See APR examples and terms. Lowest variable rate of 2.570% APR assumes the current index rate derived from the 1-month LIBOR of 2.08% plus 0.740% margin minus 0.25% AutoPay discount. Not all borrowers receive the lowest rate. If approved for a loan, the fixed or variable interest rate offered will depend on your creditworthiness, and the term of the loan and other factors, and will be within the ranges of rates listed above. For the SoFi variable rate loan, the 1-month LIBOR index will adjust monthly and the loan payment will be re-amortized and may change monthly. APRs for variable rate loans may increase after origination if the LIBOR index increases. The SoFi 0.25% AutoPay interest rate reduction requires you to agree to make monthly principal and interest payments by an automatic monthly deduction from a savings or checking account. The benefit will discontinue and be lost for periods in which you do not pay by automatic deduction from a savings or checking account. *To check the rates and terms you qualify for, SoFi conducts a soft credit inquiry. Unlike hard credit inquiries, soft credit inquiries (or soft credit pulls) do not impact your credit score. Soft credit inquiries allow SoFi to show you what rates and terms SoFi can offer you up front. After seeing your rates, if you choose a product and continue your application, we will request your full credit report from one or more consumer reporting agencies, which is considered a hard credit inquiry. Hard credit inquiries (or hard credit pulls) are required for SoFi to be able to issue you a loan. In addition to requiring your explicit permission, these credit pulls may impact your credit score.