Student Loans for College

Looking for money for college? Our student loans have got you covered.

If you’ve explored federal aid and other ways to pay for school, and you’re still falling short, a SunTrust private student loan can help fill the gap. Available to undergrads and graduate students, SunTrust college loans provide money for tuition, housing and other school expenses — along with benefits you won’t find everywhere: 

  • Competitive rates1 — See rates below
  • No fees to apply — There are no application, origination or prepayment fees.
  • In-school deferment — Have the option to defer2, or put on hold, payments while in school.
  • Special rewards — Lower your interest rate by enrolling in auto pay3 and pick a product with the reward that suits you best: Graduation Reward4, On-Time Payment Reward7 or no interest (0% APR) for the first six months8.
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Looking to reduce your interest rate by 0.50%?

If you are looking for a student loan, get 0.50% off the interest rate when you apply for a new Custom Choice Loan on or before 8/31/19!*

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* Offer valid for new Custom Choice Loans for which applications are submitted for a credit decision between 12:00:00am EST on June 1, 2019 and 11:59:59pm EST on August 31, 2019. A 0.50% interest rate reduction will be included in the loan options presented to an applicant during the online application process, upon passing the initial credit review. The interest rate reduction will be applied as of the first disbursement date and will be effective for the life of the loan.

SunTrust Student Loans at a glance:

Be rewarded for graduating — 2% principal reduction4
  • Loan limits: $1,001 - $65,0005
  • APR rangeswithout auto pay:
    Variable: % - % APR 
    Fixed: % - % APR
  • 7, 10 or 15-year loan term9 (you choose!)
  • Defer or make payments while in-school (you choose!)2

APRs shown above include summer savings rate discount.*

No interest (0% APR) for the first six months8
  • Loan limits: $5,001 - $65,0005
  • APR rangeswithout auto pay3:
    Variable: % – % APR
    Fixed: % – % APR
  • 15 year loan term9
  • Defer payments while in-school2

APRS shown above apply after the 0% APR introductory period for the first 6 months.8

0.25% interest rate reduction for consecutive on-time payments7
  • Loan limits: $1,001 - $65,0005
  • APR rangeswithout auto pay:
    Variable: % - % APR 
    Fixed: % - % APR
  • 7, 10 or 15-year loan term9 (you choose!)
  • Defer or make payments while in-school (you choose!)2
  • Available to International Students (as well as U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents)6
Designed for: MBA & Graduate business students
  • Loan limits: $1,001 - $95,0005
  • APR rangeswithout auto pay3:
    Variable:  % - % APR
    Fixed: % - % APR
  • 7 or 10-year loan term9 (you choose!)
  • Defer or  make payments while in-school (you choose!)2
  • Graduation reward: 1% principal reduction4

Are you still in the planning stage? Would you like to learn more about how to plan and pay for college? This is where to start.

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Important Information About These Products

Before applying for a private student loan, SunTrust recommends comparing all financial aid alternatives including grants, scholarships, and both federal and private student loans. View and compare the available features of SunTrust private student loans.

Union Federal is a federally registered trademark of Cognition Financial Corporation. Start Student Loan is a trademark of Cognition Financial Corporation. Both are used by SunTrust Bank under license. SunTrust Bank is the lender of these private student loans and they are not offered in connection with any other lender or the federal government. Cognition Financial Corporation is not an affiliate of SunTrust Bank.

Certain restrictions and limitations may apply. SunTrust Bank reserves the right to change or discontinue these programs without notice. These loan programs are subject to approval under the SunTrust credit policy and other criteria and may not be available in certain jurisdictions.

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Rates shown for the Custom Choice Loan include the Summer Savings discount of 0.50%. Offer valid for new Custom Choice Loans for which applications are submitted for a credit decision between 12:00:00am EST on June 1, 2019 and 11:59:59pm EST on August 31, 2019. A 0.50% interest rate reduction will be included in the loan options presented to an applicant during the online application process, upon passing the initial credit review. The interest rate reduction will be applied as of the first disbursement date and will be effective for the life of the loan.

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Interest rates and APRs (Annual Percentage Rates) depend upon (1) the student’s and cosigner’s (if applicable) credit histories, (2) the repayment option and repayment term, (3) the requested loan amount and (4) other information provided on the online loan application. If approved, applicants will be notified of the rate applicable to your loan. Rates and terms are effective for applications received after . The APRs for all products except the Start Student Loan assume a $10,000 loan with two disbursements and no auto pay; the low APRs assume a 7-year loan with no deferment and the high APRs assume a 15-year loan with full-deferment while in-school. The APRs for the Start Student Loan assume a 0% introductory APR for six months from the first disbursement date, a 15-year $10,000 loan, with two-disbursements and full deferment. The variable interest rate for each calendar month is calculated by adding the current index (One-month LIBOR index) to your margin. LIBOR stands for London Interbank Offered Rate. The One‐month LIBOR is published in the "Money Rates" section of the Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition). The One-month LIBOR index is captured on the 25th day of the immediately preceding calendar month (or if the 25th is not a business day, the next business day thereafter), and is rounded up to the nearest 1/8th of one percent. The current One‐month LIBOR index is % on . The variable interest rate will increase or decrease if the One‐month LIBOR index changes or if a new index is chosen. The applicable index or margin for variable rate loans may change over time and result in a different APR than shown. The fixed rate assigned to a loan will never change except as required by law or if you request and qualify for the auto pay discount(s).

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With Full Deferment, principal and interest payments are deferred while the student is enrolled at least half‐time at an approved school and during the six month grace period after graduation or dropping below half‐time status, but the total initial deferment period, including the grace period, may not exceed 66 months from the first disbursement date. Any accrued and unpaid interest will be capitalized (added to the unpaid principal loan balance) when repayment of principal and interest begins. There are no prepayment penalties. Making interest only or partial interest payments during in-school deferment (including the grace period) will not reduce the principal balance of the loan.

3

Earn an interest rate reduction for making automatic payments of principal and interest from a bank account (“auto pay discount”) by completing the direct debit form provided by the Servicer. Earn a 0.25% interest rate reduction when you auto pay from any bank account and an extra 0.25% interest rate reduction when you auto pay from a SunTrust Bank checking, savings, or money market account. The auto pay discount will be applied after the Servicer validates your bank account information and will continue until (1) three automatic deductions are returned for insufficient funds during the life of the loan (after which the discount cannot be reinstated) or (2) automatic deduction of payments is stopped (including during any deferment or forbearance, even if payments are made). In addition, the extra 0.25% interest rate reduction for auto pay from a SunTrust Bank checking, savings or money market account will be discontinued if automatic payments are no longer made from one of the aforementioned SunTrust Bank accounts. In the event the auto pay discount is discontinued, the loan will accrue interest at the rate stated in your Credit Agreement.

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The principal reduction is based on the total dollar amount of all disbursements made, excluding any amounts that are reduced, cancelled, or returned. To receive this principal reduction, it must be requested from the servicer, the student borrower must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher and proof of such graduation (e.g. copy of diploma, final transcript, or letter on school letterhead) must be provided to the servicer. This reward is available once during the life of the loan, regardless of whether the student receives more than one degree.

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The minimum loan amount is $1,001 (except for the Start Student Loan for which the minimum loan amount is $5,001) with exceptions based on the student’s state of permanent residence, as follows: Alaska: $5,001, Colorado: $3,001, New Mexico: $2,501, Oklahoma: $5,201, Rhode Island: $5,001, South Carolina: $3,701. The maximum annual loan limit to cover in-school expenses for each academic year is determined by your school’s cost of attendance, minus other financial aid such as federal student loans, scholarships or grants, up to $65,000 (Custom Choice Loan, Start Student Loan and Union Federal Private Student Loan) or $95,000 (Graduate Business Loan). The loan amount must be certified by the school. In any event, the loan amount cannot cause the aggregate maximum student loan debt (which includes all student loans and certain unsecured consumer debt) to exceed $150,000 (Custom Choice Loan, Start Student Loan and Union Federal Private Student Loan) or $175,000 (Graduate Business Loan), per applicant (on cosigned applications, separate calculations are performed for the student and cosigner). If you choose the In-School Refinance Option, the maximum amount that you can refinance is subject to the aggregate maximum student loan debt limit ($150,000 or $175,000) minus the amount that you are applying for to cover in-school expenses.

6

International students can apply for the Union Federal Private Student Loan with an eligible cosigner who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.

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The 0.25% interest rate reduction will automatically be applied if either one of the following payment conditions has been met: (a) the first 36 consecutive monthly payments are made on-time (received by the servicer within 10 calendar days after their due date) or (b) an amount equal to the first 36 months of scheduled payments (based on the monthly payment amount in effect when you make the most recent payment) has been paid and is not preceded by any late payments. Payments made prior to the start of your repayment term do not count toward the number of required monthly payments. As an example, if you have made 30 months of consecutive on-time payments, and then, based on the monthly payment amount in effect on the due date of your 31st consecutive monthly payment, you pay a lump sum equal to 6 months of payments, the reduction will be automatically applied as of your 31st payment.

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The Start Student Loan has a 0% introductory APR, meaning that the loan will not accrue interest during the introductory period. The Introductory Period will begin on the first disbursement date of the loan and end on that date which is six (6) months from the first disbursement date. By way of example only, if the first disbursement date is January 15, the introductory period will end on July 15. The fist disbursement date means the date on which loan funds are first transmitted on the student’s behalf.

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View payment examples for the Custom Choice Loan, the Union Federal Private Student Loan, or the Graduate Business School Loan. Payment example for the Start Student Loan (assumes a 45-month deferment period, a six-month grace period before entering repayment, no auto pay discount, and the Full Deferment Repayment option): 15 year term: $10,000 loan disbursed over two transactions with, a 15-year repayment term (180 months) and a 8.937% APR would result in a monthly principal and interest payment of $145.91. The 15 year term and Partial Interest Repayment option (paying $25 per month during in-school deferment) are only available for loan amounts of $5,000 or more. The Full Deferment option is the only option offered on the Start Student Loan. Making interest only or partial interest payments during in-school deferment (including the grace period) will not reduce the principal balance of the loan.

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