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If you go to other sites they may claim to compare several student loan offers in one step.
Just beware that they might only show you deals that pay them a referral fee, so you could miss out on lenders ready to give you better terms.
But, if you think you will pay it off in five years, you may want to take the bet.
Some providers with variable rates will cap them, which can help temper some of the risk.
Other than a mortgage, you will likely never have a debt as large as your student loan.
But there is a reason: you end up taking all of the interest rate risk. So, we know that interest rates will go up, we just don’t know when. Just remember, when rates go up, so do your payments.
And, in a higher rate environment, you will not be able to refinance to a better option (because all rates will be going up).
Below is what we believe is the most comprehensive list of current student loan refinancing lenders. FICO says there is little to no impact on your credit score for rate shopping as many providers as you’d like in a single shopping period (which can be between 14-30 days, depending upon the version of FICO).
So set aside a day and apply to as many as you feel comfortable with to get a sense of who is ready to give you the best terms.
Once you refinance, you may lose flexible Federal payment options that can help you if you genuinely can’t afford the payments you have today.