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We’re Lending to MBAs In School (Again)



When the government lowered federal loan rates last year, we stopped lending to college students and refocused our business on refinancing graduates.  The combination of lower loan rates and guaranteed government protections made it hard for us to justify choosing a SoFi loan while in school.  Our advice was to graduate, get a job and then consider SoFi.  Over 8,500 of you have done that, refinancing over $700 million in loans with us, saving money and gaining benefits like our unemployment protection and entrepreneur program.

This year, government rates are rising again.  The headline interest rate for graduate direct and PLUS loans is jumping to 6.21% from 5.41% and 7.21% from 6.41%, respectively.  But that’s just the rate.  Incorporate the 1.07% and 4.288% (seriously, it’s 4.288%!) origination fees, and the APRs on those loans go to 6.353% and 7.895%.  That’s a lot of interest to pay, and got us to reconsider our value proposition for lending to students.

This spring, we reached out to some of our investors and agreed to pull together what we think is a better deal for certain borrowers in school.  Starting now, we are offering students at 22 MBA programs a 10-year loan with a 5.875% interest rate, a 2.0% origination fee and a 6.18% APR.  You don’t pay while you are in school, get the same 6-month grace period federal loans offer, and you gain access to the SoFi community and benefits.  Plus (no pun intended) you’ll save money.  Borrowing $50,000 using the SoFi MBA Loan instead of a PLUS loan (at the new 7.895% APR) could save you over $5,300 over the life of the loan.

If you are in a qualified MBA program and are considering a career in public service, or are worried about being able to pay for your loan at graduation, federal loans might be a better option for you.  If you want a SoFi loan, but your school or program isn’t eligible – give us some time.  We’re working on securing alumni and institutional capital to expand this program.


ABOUT Mike Cagney Twitter: @mcagney Mike is the CEO and co-founder of SoFi and leads corporate strategy and development. Before co-founding SoFi, Mike co-founded Cabezon Investment Group, a global macro hedge fund, and Finaplex, a leader in wealth management software. Mike was also SVP and head trader for the proprietary trading and financial products group at Wells Fargo Bank. He holds an M.S. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow, and a M.S. in applied economics from UC Santa Cruz.


5 thoughts on “We’re Lending to MBAs In School (Again)

  1. Neha Chaudhary says:

    Hi,
    I’m a McCombs 2016 admit. I’m an International student from India. So, I assume that you provide loans to the international students only in case they’ve a cosignor. In this regard, I would like to enquire that what’s the eligibility of a cosignor and what’s the average loan processing time ?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hilary Wells says:

      Hi Neha: you can review the eligibility criteria for our MBA Loans at MBA Loan Eligibility. There are a number of factors that affect processing time and it can vary based on the applicant. If you’d like to discuss your specific situation with one of our customer service representatives, we’d love to hear from you. You can call us at: 717-254-1183.

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