Before applying for a private student loan, Citizens and Cognition Financial recommend comparing all financial aid alternatives including grants, scholarships, and both federal and private student loans.
The AAA Advantage Student Loan is made by Citizens (“Lender”). All loans are subject to individual approval and adherence to Lender’s underwriting guidelines. Program restrictions and other terms and conditions apply. LENDER AND COGNITION FINANCIAL CORPORATION EACH RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR DISCONTINUE PRODUCTS AND BENEFITS AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. TERMS, CONDITIONS, AND RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE.
- 1You must submit a new application for a AAA Advantage Student Loan each year. This approval percentage is based on undergraduate borrowers with a AAA Advantage Student Loan from 2020 who were approved again in 2021. Future approval rates can change.
- 2Interest 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 selected, (3) the expected number of years in deferment, (4) the requested loan amount and (5) 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 as of 10/01/22. The variable interest rate for each calendar month is calculated by adding the 30-Day Average Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) index, or a replacement index if the SOFR index is no longer available, plus a fixed margin assigned to each loan. The SOFR index is published on the website of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The current SOFR index is 2.38% as of 10/01/22. The variable interest rate will increase or decrease if the SOFR 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 on-time payment or auto pay discount(s).
- 3APRs assume a $10,000 loan with one disbursement. The high APR assumes a 15-year term with the Full Deferment option, a 31-month deferment period, and a six-month grace period before entering repayment. The low APRs assume a 7-year term, and the Immediate Repayment option with payments beginning 30-60 days after the disbursement via auto pay. See footnote 9 for details about auto pay.
- 4The 3% principal reduction is based on the total dollar amount of all disbursements made, excluding any amounts that are reduced, canceled, 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 along with proof of the borrower’s or cosigner’s current AAA membership must be provided to the Servicer. This reward is available once during the life of the loan, regardless of whether the student borrower receives more than one degree.
- 5The minimum loan amount is $1,000, except for student applicants who are permanent residents of Iowa in which case the minimum loan amount is $1,001. The maximum annual loan amount to cover in-school expenses for each academic year is determined by the school’s cost of attendance, minus other financial aid, such as federal student loans, scholarships, or grants, up to $99,999 annually. The loan amount must be certified by the school. The loan amount cannot cause the aggregate maximum student loan debt (which includes federal and private student loans) to exceed $180,000 per applicant (on cosigned applications, separate calculations are performed for the student and cosigner).
- 6In order to provide you with a range of rates you prequalify for, Citizens will perform a soft credit inquiry, as authorized by you. Soft credit inquiries do not affect your credit. If you prequalify, the rates and loan options offered to you are estimates only. Once you choose your loan options and submit your application, Citizens may perform a hard credit inquiry, as authorized by you. Loan approval, options, and final rates depend on the verification of information provided on your application, and information obtained from the hard credit inquiry(ies) (and any cosigner’s hard credit inquiry(ies)).
- 7The 15-year term and Flat Payment Repayment option (paying $25 per month during in-school deferment) are only available for loan amounts of $5,000 or more. Certain repayment terms and/or options may not be available depending on the applicant’s enrollment status and/or debt-to-income ratio. Making interest only or flat interest payments during deferment will not reduce the principal balance of the loan. Payment examples (all assume a 14-month deferment period, a six-month grace period before entering repayment, no auto pay discount, and the Interest Only Repayment option): 7-year term: $10,000 loan, one disbursement, with a 7-year repayment term (84 months) and a 7.69% APR would result in a monthly principal and interest payment of $154.32. 10-year term: $10,000 loan, one disbursement, with a 10-year repayment term (120 months) and a 7.54% APR would result in a monthly principal and interest payment of $118.91. 15-year term: $10,000 loan, one disbursement, with, a 15-year repayment term (180 months) and a 7.53% APR would result in a monthly principal and interest payment of $92.87.
- 8Any student applicant who is enrolled less than half-time or who applies for a loan the month of, the month prior to, or the month after their graduation date, as stated on the application or certified by the school, will only be offered the Immediate Repayment option. The Interest Only option (defer principal payments), Flat Payment Repayment option ($25 monthly payment) and the Full Deferment option (defer principal and interest payments) are only available while the student is enrolled at least half-time at an approved school. The Flat Payment Repayment option ($25 monthly payment) is only available on loans of $5,000 or more. With the Immediate Repayment option, the first payment of principal and interest is due approximately 30-60 calendar days after the final disbursement date and the minimum monthly payment will be $50.00. Certain repayment terms and/or options may not be available depending on the applicant’s enrollment status and/or debt-to-income ratio. There are no prepayment penalties. See footnote 7 for payment examples.
- 9Earn a 0.25% 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. The auto pay discount is in addition to other discounts. 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 canceled. The auto pay discount is not available when reduced payments are being made or when the loan is in a deferment or forbearance, even if payments are being made.
- 10The 0.25% interest rate reduction will automatically be applied if the first 36 consecutive monthly payments during the repayment term are received by the Servicer within 10 calendar days after their due date. Payments made prior to the start of the repayment term do not count toward the number of required monthly payments.
- 11A cosigner may be released from the loan upon request to the Servicer, provided that the student borrower is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien, has met certain credit and other criteria, and 36 consecutive monthly principal and interest payments have been received by the Servicer within 10 calendar days after their due date. Late payment(s), or the use of a deferment or forbearance will reset the number of consecutive principal and interest payments to zero. The use of an approved alternative repayment plan will disqualify the loan from being eligible for this benefit.
- 12A Returning Borrower is a student applicant or a student applicant and cosigner combination with either (a) a prior application that is awaiting school certification, or (b) a prior loan that has a disbursement scheduled or completed.
- 13Income verification will be waived for Returning Borrowers who report the same employer, employment status, singular income source and an annual income amount within 25% of the annual income amount previously verified from such income source on a prior application or loan with an income verified date within eighteen (18) months of the hard pull decision date of the new application. If more than one prior application or loan with an income verified date within eighteen (18) months of the hard pull decision date for the creditworthy applicant exists, the most recent qualifying application or loan will be used to verify income.
- 14The legal age for entering into contracts is 18 years of age in every state except Alabama (19 years old), Nebraska (19 years old, only forwards of the state), and Puerto Rico (21 years old).
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