Student loans

If you have a higher credit score, student loan refinance rates have dropped

The latest student loan refinance rates.

Getty Images

To refinance your student loan into a 10-year fixed rate loan, average rates are 5.88% for the week ending October 25, up slightly from 5.86% the previous week, while 5-year variable-rate loans saw rates fall to 3.61% from 4.17% the previous week, according to data from personal finance firm Credible of those who prequalified in their student loan market. For those with credit scores of 720 and above, rates have fallen to 5.69% for 10-year fixed loans and 3.19% for 5-year variable loans. Discover here the best rates you can claim.

If you currently have a private student loan, the decision to refinance is easier than if you have a federal student loan. Indeed, those who have private student loans that could refinance at a better rate and/or conditions are likely to benefit from refinancing. So if your credit score has improved, your finances have changed, or you haven’t checked rates in a while, it might be worth shopping around to see if you can get an interest rate. more interesting or shorten the duration of your loan to benefit from refinancing. Discover here the best rates you can claim.

For those with federal loans, however, the question of whether to refinance is more complicated. When you refinance a student loan, you are taking out a new private loan to pay off an existing public loan, but that means any federal protections that come with the federal loan are lost. These protections include income-based repayment options, loan forgiveness, and the current student loan payment suspension that remains in effect until January 2023.

This is why, before refinancing, experts recommend weighing the pros and cons of refinancing. If the borrower is currently taking advantage of the Federal Student Loan Forbearance which suspends all federal student loan payments until January 2023, it makes sense to wait until that period is over before refinancing. And even if a borrower is not currently taking advantage of the programs and protections offered, it is important to consider whether or not they plan to use a repayment plan or loan forgiveness in the future, before completely rejecting the option.

Pricing correct at time of publication.

Any advice, recommendations, or rankings expressed in this article are those of MarketWatch Picks, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by our business partners.