5-year variable student loan refinance rates plummet to new 16-month low
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The latest trends in interest rates for student loan refinancing from the Credible marketplace, updated weekly. (iStock)
Rates fell last week for well-qualified borrowers using the Credible marketplace to refinance student loans into 10-year fixed loans and 5-year variable-rate loans.
For borrowers with credit scores of 720 or higher who used the Credible marketplace to select a lender during the week of Oct. 18, 2021:
- Rates on 10-year fixed-rate loans averaged 3.39%, down from 3.46% the week before and 4.03% a year ago. Rates for this term hit their lowest point of the last 16 months during the week of Sept. 27, 2021, when they were at 3.36%.
- Rates on 5-year variable-rate loans averaged 2.48%, down from 2.59% the week before and 3.24% a year ago. This is the lowest that rates for this term have been in the last 16 months. The previous record low occurred during the week of Aug. 23, 2021, when they were at 2.53%.
Student loan refinancing weekly rate trends
If you're curious about what kind of student loan refinance rates you may qualify for, you can use an online tool like Credible to compare options from different private lenders. Checking your rates won't affect your credit score.
Current student loan refinancing rates by FICO score
To provide relief from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, interest and payments on federal student loans have been suspended through at least Jan. 31, 2022. As long as that relief is in place, there’s little incentive to refinance federal student loans. But many borrowers with private student loans are taking advantage of the low interest rate environment to refinance their education debt at lower rates.
If you qualify to refinance your student loans, the interest rate you may be offered can depend on factors like your FICO score, the type of loan you’re seeking (fixed or variable rate) and the loan repayment term.
The chart above shows that good credit can help you get a lower rate and that rates tend to be higher on loans with fixed interest rates and longer repayment terms. Because each lender has its own method of evaluating borrowers, it’s a good idea to request rates from multiple lenders so you can compare your options. A student loan refinancing calculator can help you estimate how much you might save.
If you want to refinance with bad credit, you may need to apply with a cosigner. Or, you can work on improving your credit before applying. Many lenders will allow children to refinance Parent PLUS Loans in their own name after graduation.
You can use Credible to compare rates from multiple private lenders at once without affecting your credit score.
How rates for student loan refinancing are determined
The rates private lenders charge to refinance student loans depend in part on the economy and interest rate environment, but also the loan term, the type of loan (fixed- or variable-rate), the borrower's creditworthiness and the lender's operating costs and profit margin.
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