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Who is SouthEast Bank? How are they related to Education Loan Finance?

Education Loan Finance is a nationwide student loan debt consolidation and refinance program offered by Tennessee based SouthEast Bank. ELFI is designed to assist borrowers through consolidating and refinancing loans into one single loan that effectively lowers your cost of education debt and/or makes repayment very simple.

I didn’t graduate from college. Can I still consolidate my student loans?

A bachelor’s degree or higher from an approved institution is required to refinance with Education Loan Finance. View additional eligibility requirements here.

Can I consolidate my student loans with my spouse’s student loans?

Spouses are eligible to serve as a cosigner on an application, but we do not consolidate student loan debt among multiple borrowers.

Will the refinanced loan have a variable or fixed interest rate?

We offer both fixed and variable interest rates on our loans. Fixed interest rates will not change from year-to-year. Variable interest rates are subject to change and will fluctuate based on the LIBOR index.

Is consolidating or refinancing student loan debt right for me?

Consolidating or refinancing your education loans may be the right decision for you if:

  • You’d like to lower your monthly payments by choosing a longer repayment term.
  • You have additional income because you can shorten the life of the loan.
  • You want the simplicity of consolidating your loans into a single monthly payment.

To learn more, check out this blog on consolidating and refinancing.

When is refinancing a bad idea?

Refinancing may not be right for you if:

  • You only have a couple more years or a few thousand more dollars left until you pay off your student loan.
  • You’re using benefits provided by your current lender. Switching to a new lending institution may eliminate existing benefits. It’s crucial to investigate how refinancing will affect your student loans.
  • You do not want to change the terms of your existing student loan.

To learn more about refinancing and consolidating your loans, check out this blog post.

Do you offer temporary forbearance for an economic hardship?

If you are unable to repay the loan because of financial hardship or medical difficulty, Education Loan Finance may grant forbearance for up to 12 months. Forbearance is at the discretion of Education Loan Finance.

Do I have to consolidate or refinance all my loans at once?

No, you don’t have to refinance or consolidate all of your student loans at once. During the application process, you will be asked to indicate the dollar amount and number of loans you want to refinance. If approved, Education Loan Finance will only pay off the loans you indicate.

Do I need a cosigner?

You don’t have to have a cosigner when applying to refinance your student loan with Education Loan Finance. If you have limited credit history and income, a cosigner with a good credit history can improve your chances of obtaining a refinanced student loan.

Can you consolidate federal and private student loans?

Yes, you can consolidate federal and private loans. No other consumer debt, such as credit card, auto, or mortgage, can be included even if it was used to pay education expenses. If you consolidate federal student loans, you may lose some alternative repayment plans associated with the federal government loan program.

Do you refinance student loans in any state?

Yes, we can refinance student loans in all U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

What is a Payoff Verification Statement?

A Payoff Verification Statement is a statement prepared by the lender or servicer showing the remaining total amount due as of a specific date for a student loan. The payoff amount takes into account the loan balance, interest, fees, and the future payoff date provided.

We will use this Payoff Statement to finalize the loan for you so that we can pay off your current lenders and become your new lender.

Can my refinanced loans be considered student loans for tax purposes?

Refinanced student loans can be considered student loans for tax purposes, but certain limitations apply. We are not tax professionals, so we recommend you consult a tax advisor for more information.

Can Education Loan Finance refinance my student loan if I have already refinanced it with another lender?

Yes, we can refinance your loan if you have already refinanced with another lender.

Do you offer cosigner release from my existing student loans?

Removal of a cosigner from an Education Loan Finance loan is not possible, but you can apply for a new loan that does not include your cosigner.

APPLICATION PROCESS

What are Education Loan Finance’s eligibility requirements for consolidation?

To qualify for refinancing or student loan consolidation through Education Loan Finance:

  • Must have at least $15,000 in student loan debt.
  • Must have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an approved post-secondary institution.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must be at the age of majority or older at the time of the refinance.
  • Must have a debt-to-income ratio that indicates you can repay the loan.

All loans are subject to credit approval. Additional terms and conditions apply.

What loan amounts are eligible to be refinanced?

You must have a minimum amount of $15,000 in qualified student loan debt to refinance with us. Maximum loan amounts will vary based on eligibility.

What documents will I need to complete my application with Education Loan Finance?

To speed up your Student Loan Refinance application, you will need to have the following documents:

If applying without a cosigner:

  • Paystubs documenting the last 30 days of payment (if you are employed)
  • Previous year W-2
  • Government-issued Identification

If applying with a cosigner

  • Paystubs documenting the last 30 days of payment (if you are employed)
  • Previous year W-2
  • Government-issued Identification

Potentially, some additional documents may be required depending on the source of your income or your cosigner’s income. Your ELFI Personal Loan Advisor will contact you with details should this be the case.

Will the application process affect my credit score?

During prequalification, to provide you with preliminary rates and terms that you may qualify for, Education Loan Finance will perform a “soft credit inquiry.” A soft credit inquiry will not affect your credit score. However, once you choose your loan product and submit an application, Education Loan Finance will request to view your full credit report, which will show up as a hard credit inquiry. These inquiries are common among lenders and necessary for Education Loan Finance to make final rate and product offers.

Do I need a cosigner? What are the benefits of having a cosigner?

You don’t have to have a cosigner when applying to refinance your student loan with Education Loan Finance. If you have limited credit history and income, a cosigner with a good credit history can improve your chances of obtaining a student loan refinance.

Will my refinanced student loan have a variable or fixed interest rate?

Education Loan Finance offers both fixed and variable interest rates.  Fixed interest rates will not change from year to year, but variable interest rates will fluctuate based on the LIBOR index and may increase or decrease over the life of the loan.

 

What information do you need about my current student loans?

We recommend you check out our blog post about what actions you should take before applying. To process your application, we will need copies of your most recent billing statements or payoff letters from each of your student loan servicers showing the following information:

Name
Account Number
Current balance or payoff amounts
Payment mailing address

Please note that each statement should not be older than 30 days. If you plan to exclude some loans from a single servicer, you will need to provide one of the following:

  • Sequence numbers
  • Loan IDs
  • Or any identifying number

Click here to view sample statements.

 

Whom can I use as a reference?
  • Your reference can be anyone over the age of 18 that does not live at the same address as you or your cosigner (if you apply with one).
  • Your reference cannot be the same person as your cosigner.
  • You and your cosigner cannot use the same reference.
Can my cosigner and I have the same email address?

No, the borrower, cosigner, and references cannot have the same email address.

How long will the application process take?

The application process is quick and easy. After filling out some personal, financial, and student loan information, you’ll upload documents and submit the application.

How do I add a cosigner?

When going through the application process, there is an option to add a cosigner. The application will then prompt you to add the cosigner’s name and email address. Your cosigner will receive an email with instructions to upload the necessary information.

Am I automatically approved for the loan if I receive a prequalification interest rate range?

No, we still have to go through the underwriting process to determine if a borrower is eligible for a loan. Prequalification does not automatically qualify you for a final offer.

RATES

What is the difference between the interest rate and APR?

The interest rate is the percentage of the loan amount charged for borrowing. The APR (Annual Percentage Rate) reflects not only the interest rate but also includes specific fees charged by the lender. Education Loan Finance does not charge any origination or other finance fees, so the interest rate and APR on your loan will be the same.

Do you have an auto pay discount?

ELFI does not require you to do anything extra to get the best rate we can offer. All borrowers are required to make payments with an electronic or digital transfer. Therefore the auto pay discount is already reflected in your approved interest rate.

Do you offer interest rate caps?

Yes. Borrowers who take out a variable rate loan will never have their rate exceed 9.95% APR*.

What is the basis for Education Loan Finance’s variable rate loans? What is LIBOR?

Education Loan Finance’s variable rate loans are based on 3-Month LIBOR. LIBOR (London Inter-Bank Offered Rate) is a benchmark rate used by the world’s leading banks when making short-term loans with each other. This index is the first step to calculating our variable interest rates. The interest rate on an Education Loan Finance variable rate loan may increase or decrease as the 3-Month LIBOR index increases or decreases. The LIBOR index is in resources similar to The Wall Street Journal.

How often will my variable rates change?

Rates are subject to change without notice, until a Student Loan Approval Disclosure is provided by Education Loan Finance. After receiving a variable rate loan, the rate is subject to change quarterly on January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st. For more information about how variable rates are calculated, please view the Application and Credit Agreement.

FEES & PAYMENTS

Do ELFI Refinanced Student Loans have any fees?

If Education Loan Finance does not receive any part of a payment within ten days after the due date, it may assess a late fee of 5% of the past due amount or $50, whichever is less. The borrower may be charged $30 for any payment (including electronic payments) that is returned unpaid for any reason.

What will my monthly payment be?

Factors that determine monthly payments include the amount of the loan, the type of loan product, the term of the loan, and interest rate (fixed or variable). To get an estimate of what you can expect and what term might be right for you, try out our Payment Calculator.

Is there a penalty for paying off my loans too early?

There is no penalty for paying off loans early. You can pay more than the monthly amount if you would like without incurring a penalty.

When can I expect my old loans to be paid off?

Typically, it will take 30-45 days for the existing loan provider to receive the payment and apply it to your account. It is essential to check with your current provider to see if the payoff is applied to your account.

How long do I need to continue making payments with my existing lender after I refinance?

To avoid missing a payment, you will have to continue paying your current lender until disbursement goes through. Education Loan Finance will apply any amount overpaid to your current lender to the principal balance on your new loan.

Where can I view my payment information on my Education Loan Finance loan?

The monthly payment amount is in the Truth in Lending Approval disclosure sent by Education Loan Finance upon loan acceptance. Once this document is approved, MOHELA will reach out to set up your payment information going forward.

Who will service my loans?

MOHELA (Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority) is the third party loan service provider that Education Loan Finance partners with to service your student loans. Once you close your loan, MOHELA will reach out to you to set up an account that you will use to make monthly payments.

Can my monthly statements be sent electronically?

Yes. It is highly efficient to sign up for e-statements with MOHELA, our third party loan servicer for student loans.

BONUS PROGRAMS

Do you have a referral program?

Yes, the Education Loan Finance Referral Program rewards customers who successfully refer people to refinance a student loan with us. A new customer must use the referral link and complete and close an Education Loan Finance loan within 90 days of registering. Once completed, the referrer will receive a $400 referral bonus via check! Learn more and see the terms and conditions of our referral program here.

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