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Is education loan refinancing right for you?

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“Should I refinance my education loans?”

We’re asked this question a lot, and it comes from everyone - young adults just beginning their career, mid-level professionals paying back old education debt, and moms and dads repaying parent loans they borrowed to finance their children’s college costs. Whether or not you refinance your education loans should be based on your individual circumstances, but we’ve laid out some factors below that can help you make the decision. If any of the following resonates with your current situation, refinancing may be for you.

You need to free up more cash every month.

  • Education loan repayment can use up a lot of your paycheck, and you may find it harder to pay your other bills and expenses while staying current with your education loan payments. Refinancing may allow you to decrease that payment amount by lowering your interest rate and adjusting your loan term. And a lower monthly payment means more money in your pocket.


You pay more than one student loan per month.

  • Keeping track of multiple loan servicers and payments each month can get tiresome. Refinancing your loans will bring all of your education debt under one servicer – which means you’ll only need to make one payment every month.


You think your interest rate is too high.

  • Whether you’re paying back federal or private loans (or both) you might have an interest rate that seems higher than normal in today’s market. Refinancing can often lower that rate, because education refinancing loans like MEFA REFI are designed to give you a lower interest rate (and thereby save you money). MEFA REFI interest rates start as low as 3.32% for our variable rate loans (as of 10/1/16) and 4.95% for our fixed rate loans.


You want to remove your co-borrower from your loans.

  • You may have borrowed your education loans with a co-borrower, and now want to remove that person from your loans. Whether you co-signed with a parent, child, or other family member or friend, as long as your credit profile supports it, you can refinance your loans solo, and release your co-borrower completely from that debt.


Education loan refinancing can help simplify your life and help you reach your financial goals. If refinancing sounds like the right option for you, you can learn more about MEFA REFI and its benefits (as well as apply) at mefa.org/refi. And if you’d like to speak with someone, we’re happy to answer your questions and walk you through the process. You can reach us at (855) 433-REFI (7334) or refi@mefa.org.





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