Keeping up with student loan payments is an important, if sometimes challenging, responsibility. Find out ways to successfully manage the repayment of your private student loan from start to finish. Learn about repayment considerations:
Carefully weigh your loan repayment options up front.
One of the best things you can do to help manage your student loan payments happens before you even finalize your loan: the selection of the repayment options you want for your loan.
The repayment options you select will be among the most important loan decisions you make. Why? Because the length of the loan term, rate type (variable or fixed rate) and repayment option while in school (e.g., opting to defer your payments while in school vs. paying while in school) can greatly affect the amount of interest you pay in the long run. These options can also determine whether you are able to handle your payments on a monthly basis when you get out of school, for the life of the loan.
Try It Yourself: Compare different repayment options
Select a SunTrust private student loan below and use the Payment Comparison Tool to compare different loan options and see how it affects the total amount you would pay over the life of the loan. Not sure which loan to select? Compare SunTrust private student loans to learn more about each loan.
Know when your payments start.
Unless you chose the Immediate Repayment option – making principal and interest payments during your in-school deferment period – you will start making principal and interest payments after you graduate, leave school or drop below half-time status1. We want to make your repayment experience a positive one. Here are helpful information and resources to assist you with repayment issues and questions.
Be aware of the role of your loan servicer.
Many lenders partner with loan servicers to manage private student loans after the loan proceeds have been sent to the school. Servicers perform several tasks:
American Education Services (AES) is the servicer for SunTrust private student loans and manages contact with borrowers during in-school, grace and repayment periods. It is very important to inform AES of any changes in address, phone number and/or enrollment status.
To contact your SunTrust private student loan servicer, AES:
Prior to first payment due date borrowers will be sent information from the AES with monthly payment information (amount due, date due and where to send the payment).
Understand your private student loan borrower's responsibilities.
The credit agreement (sometimes also called a promissory note) explains all borrower and cosigner obligations. Among them are the following:
Private student loan borrowers, and their cosigners, if applicable, are responsible for paying back the loan, even if the student borrower doesn't complete coursework, graduate from college or cannot find a job after graduating.
Private student loan borrowers and their cosigners should notify the lender or servicer if:
In addition, borrowers and cosigners should open and read all mail related to any student loan
Know what happens if you miss a payment.
If you have more questions, please contact us.
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.
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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.
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