Student Loan Rates (APR) & Repayment Examples for Ascent’s College Loans

When exploring your options for college loans, there’s more to consider than the amount of money you need, such as a student loans’ annual percentage rate, or APR. Learn more about APRs and Ascent’s loan options.

Rates are effective as of 10/01/2021 and reflect an Automatic Payment Discount.

When exploring your options for college loans, there’s more to consider than the amount of money you need, such as a student loans’ annual percentage rate, or APR. Learn more about APRs and Ascent’s loan options.

Rates are effective as of 10/01/2021 and reflect an Automatic Payment Discount.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are interest rates and APRs different?
The terms “interest rate” and “APR” are often used interchangeably, but have two different meanings:

  • Interest rate: the amount you pay for the money you are borrowing. The interest rate is typically expressed as a percentage rate calculated over a period of time.
  • APR: an “apples-to-apples” comparison of loans with different terms, represented as an annual rate that includes repayment plans, repayment terms, the interest rate and any origination fees.

An APR will often provide a more accurate view of the total amount you can expect to pay back for your loan versus an interest rate.

Your APR and interest rates may also differ depending upon if you apply for an Ascent loan with or without a cosigner. Cosigned loans tend to have lower APRs because lenders factor in your cosigner’s credit history and credit score. Student loans without a cosigner may reflect higher rates because of a poor or fair credit score, or a lack of credit history.

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What are fixed and variable student loan rates?
When it comes to interest rates, most private lenders offer the choice between fixed and variable student loan rates.

  • Fixed rate: A fixed interest rate will remain the same for the life of the loan.
  • Variable rate: A variable interest rate may fluctuate based on market conditions. Variable interest rates can change monthly, quarterly, or annually.

A fixed interest rate will be your only option if you are applying for federal student loans.

 

Why should I consider a fixed student loan rate?

Fixed student loan rates do not increase or decrease over time, meaning you’ll know exactly how much you’ll owe in repayment each month. Your payments will remain the same throughout the life of your loan.

 

Why should I consider a variable student loan rate?

Variable student loan rates may fluctuate depending on a specified benchmark or index, such the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR).

Most lenders reevaluate this every one to three months, which can result in changes to the variable student loan rate you’re given at the time you complete your student loan application and may impact the total amount of your loan. Check the terms of your loan agreement to confirm the frequency at which your interest rate may change.

Ascent Rates & Repayment Examples

The following examples illustrate three hypothetical first year single disbursements in the amount of $10,000 including (i) the Annual Percentage Rate (APR), (ii) estimated monthly payments, and (iii) total cost during the life of the private loan*.

Variable rate loans are based on a margin plus the 1-Month London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) rounded to the nearest 1/100th of a percent. The current LIBOR is 0.084% which may adjust monthly. Your actual student loan interest rate may be different than what is shown in the examples below and will be based on your credit history, selected repayment option, and other factors. Automatic Payment Discount is available when you enroll in automatic payments from your personal checking account and the amount is successfully withdrawn from the authorized bank account each month.

*Rates are effective as of 10/01/2021 and reflect an Automatic Payment Discount.

Undergraduate Student Loan Rates

When it comes to reviewing undergraduate student loans, it’s important to note the different interest rates, and what they are based on. Your variable interest rate may increase or decrease, based on LIBOR monthly changes, resulting in an APR range between 1.50% and 11.33%. Fixed rate loans will not increase or decrease over the life of the loan and have an APR range between 2.97% and 12.95%. Rates reflect an Automatic Payment Discount of 0.25% on the lowest offered rate and a 1.00% discount on the highest offered rate.

The following table shows a 48 month in-school period plus 9 months of grace prior to a full repayment term of either: 60-months (lowest fixed/variable rate), 180-months (highest fixed rate) or 180-months (highest variable rate) with examples of (i) Interest Only payments, (ii) $25 Minimum payments, and (iii) Deferred repayment options.

Undergraduate Variable Student Loan Rates

Minimum (Lowest Variable Rate) Payment Example at 5-Year Repayment Term

Lowest APRs are available for the most creditworthy applicants, and include an automatic payment discount. Applying with a cosigner could help you qualify for a lower rate.

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 1.53% 57 @ $12.75 60 @ $173.23 $11,120.79
$25 Minimum Payment 1.53% 57 @ $25.00 60 @ $160.69 $11,066.40
Deferred Repayment* 1.50% N/A* 60 @ $185.83 $11,144.61

Maximum (Highest Variable Rate) Payment Example at 15-Year Repayment Term

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 11.08% 57 @ $92.33 180 @ $114.18 $25,816.98
$25 Minimum Payment 10.30% 57 @ $25.00 180 @ $157.95 $29,856.00
Deferred Repayment* 11.33% N/A* 180 @ $197.98 $35,170.95

*For Deferred Repayment options, eligibility for an automatic payment discount requires a minimum payment of $1. (See Terms & Conditions)

Undergraduate Fixed Student Loan Rates

Minimum (Lowest Fixed Rate) Payment Example at 5-Year Repayment Term

Lowest APRs are available for the most creditworthy applicants, and include an automatic payment discount. Applying with a cosigner could help you qualify for a lower rate.

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 3.10% 57 @ $25.83 60 @ $180.14 $12,281.21
$25 Minimum Payment 3.10% 57 @ $25.00 60 @ $180.98 $12,283.80
Deferred Repayment* 2.97% N/A* 60 @ $206.62 $12,389.41

Maximum (Highest Fixed Rate) Payment Example at 15-Year Repayment Term

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 12.95% 57 @ $107.83 180 @ $126.16 $28,857.18
$25 Minimum Payment 11.84% 57 @ $25.00 180 @ $185.64 $34,840.20
Deferred Repayment* 12.46% N/A* 180 @ $221.74 $39,372.55

*For Deferred Repayment options, eligibility for an automatic payment discount requires a minimum payment of $1. (See Terms & Conditions)

Graduate Student Loan Rates [MBA, Law, General Graduate, and PhD]

If you are instead pursuing an MBA, Law, General Graduate or a PhD graduate degree, you will need to review graduate student loans and the rates available for those. Your variable interest rate may increase or decrease, based on LIBOR monthly changes, resulting in an APR range between 1.51% and 11.08%. Fixed rate loans will not increase or decrease over the life of the loan and have an APR range between 3.02% and 12.95%. Rates reflect an Automatic Payment Discount of 0.25%.

The following table shows a 36 month in-school period plus 9 months of grace prior to a full repayment term of either: 84-months (lowest fixed/variable rate), 180-months (highest fixed rate), or 180-months (highest variable rate) with examples of (i) Interest Only payments, (ii) $25 Minimum payments, and (iii) Deferred repayment options.

MBA, Law, General Graduate, and PhD Variable Loan Rates

Minimum (Lowest Variable Rate) Payment Example at 7-Year Repayment Term

Lowest APRs are available for the most creditworthy applicants, and include an automatic payment discount. Applying with a cosigner could help you qualify for a lower rate. (See Terms and Conditions)

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 1.53% 45 @ $12.75 84 @ $125.62 $11,126.07
$25 Minimum Payment 1.53% 45 @ $25.00 84 @ $118.49 $11,078.16
Deferred Repayment* 1.51% N/A* 84 @ $133.25 $11,149.81

Maximum (Highest Variable Rate) Payment Example at 15-Year Repayment Term

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 11.08% 45 @ $92.33 180 @ $114.18 $24,709.02
$25 Minimum Payment 10.52% 45 @ $25.00 180 @ $148.74 $27,898.20
Deferred Repayment* 10.37% N/A* 180 @ $162.06 $28,764.11

*For Deferred Repayment options, eligibility for an automatic payment discount requires a minimum payment of $1. (See Terms & Conditions)

MBA, Law, General Graduate, and PhD Fixed Loan Rates

Minimum (Lowest Fixed Rate) Payment Example at 7-Year Repayment Term

Lowest APRs are available for the most creditworthy applicants, and include an automatic payment discount. Applying with a cosigner could help you qualify for a lower rate. (See Terms and Conditions)

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 3.10% 45 @ $25.83 84 @ $132.59 $12,300.41
$25 Minimum Payment 3.10% 45 @ $25.00 84 @ $133.08 $12,303.72
Deferred Repayment* 3.02% N/A* 84 @ $148.40 $12,416.51

Maximum (Highest Fixed Rate) Payment Example at 15-Year Repayment Term

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 12.95% 45 @ $107.83 180 @ $126.16 $27,563.22
$25 Minimum Payment 12.14% 45 @ $25.00 180 @ $173.12 $32,286.60
Deferred Repayment* 11.97% N/A* 180 @ $187.74 $33,297.91

*For Deferred Repayment options, eligibility for an automatic payment discount requires a minimum payment of $1. (See Terms & Conditions)

Dental Student Loan Rates

Your variable interest rate may increase or decrease, based on LIBOR monthly changes, resulting in an APR range between 1.50% and 11.08%. Fixed rate loans will not increase or decrease over the life of the loan and have an APR range between 2.98% and 12.95%. Rates reflect an Automatic Payment Discount of 0.25%.

The following table shows a 48 month in-school period plus 12 months of grace prior to a full repayment term of either: 84-months (lowest fixed/variable rate), 180-months (highest fixed rate), or 240-months (highest variable rate) with examples of (i) Interest Only payments, (ii) $25 Minimum payments, and (iii) Deferred repayment options.

Dental School Variable Loan Rates

Minimum (Lowest Variable Rate) Payment Example at 7-Year Repayment Term

Lowest APRs are available for the most creditworthy applicants, and include an automatic payment discount. Applying with a cosigner could help you qualify for a lower rate.

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 1.53% 60 @ $12.75 84 @ $125.62 $11,317.32
$25 Minimum Payment 1.53% 60 @ $25.00 84 @ $116.02 $11,245.68
Deferred Repayment* 1.50% N/A* 84 @ $135.47 $11,350.65

Maximum (Highest Variable Rate) Payment Example at 20-Year Repayment Term

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 11.08% 60 @ $92.33 240 @ $103.78 $30,448.77
$25 Minimum Payment 10.32% 60 @ $25.00 240 @ $145.65 $36,456.00
Deferred Repayment* 10.13% N/A* 240 @ $161.58 $37,983.22

*For Deferred Repayment options, eligibility for an automatic payment discount requires a minimum payment of $1. (See Terms & Conditions)

Dental School Fixed Loan Rates

Minimum (Lowest Fixed Rate) Payment Example at 7-Year Repayment Term

Lowest APRs are available for the most creditworthy applicants, and include an automatic payment discount. Applying with a cosigner could help you qualify for a lower rate.

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 3.10% 60 @ $25.83 84 @ $132.59 $12,687.86
$25 Minimum Payment 3.10% 60 @ $25.00 84 @ $133.24 $12,692.16
Deferred Repayment* 2.98% N/A* 84 @ $153.33 $12,846.09

Maximum (Highest Fixed Rate) Payment Example at 15-Year Repayment Term

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 12.95% 60 @ $107.83 180 @ $126.16 $29,180.67
$25 Minimum Payment 11.77% 60 @ $25.00 180 @ $188.76 $35,476.80
Deferred Repayment* 11.53% N/A* 180 @ $207.90 $36,943.51

*For Deferred Repayment options, eligibility for an automatic payment discount requires a minimum payment of $1. (See Terms & Conditions)

Medical Student Loan Rates

Your variable interest rate may increase or decrease, based on LIBOR monthly changes, resulting in an APR range between 1.48% and 11.08%. Fixed rate loans will not increase or decrease over the life of the loan and have an APR range between 2.91% and 12.94%. Rates reflect an Automatic Payment Discount of 0.25%.

The following table shows a 48 month in-school period plus 36 months of grace prior to a full repayment term of either: 84-months (lowest fixed/variable rate), 180-months (highest fixed rate), or 240-months (highest variable rate) with examples of (i) Interest Only payments, (ii) $25 Minimum payments, and (iii) Deferred repayment options.

Medical School Variable Loan Rates

Minimum (Lowest Variable Rate) Payment Example at 7-Year Repayment Term

Lowest APRs are available for the most creditworthy applicants, and include an automatic payment discount. Applying with a cosigner could help you qualify for a lower rate.

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 1.53% 84 @ $12.75 84 @ $125.62 $11,623.32
$25 Minimum Payment 1.53% 84 @ $25.00 84 @ $111.98 $11,506.32
Deferred Repayment* 1.48% N/A* 84 @ $139.01 $11,672.43

Maximum (Highest Variable Rate) Payment Example at 20-Year Repayment Term

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 11.08% 84 @ $92.33 240 @ $103.78 $32,664.69
$25 Minimum Payment 9.91% 84 @ $25.00 240 @ $162.41 $41,078.40
Deferred Repayment* 9.64% N/A* 240 @ $184.32 $43,463.96

*For Deferred Repayment options, eligibility for an automatic payment discount requires a minimum payment of $1. (See Terms & Conditions)

Medical School Fixed Loan Rates

Minimum (Lowest Fixed Rate) Payment Example at 7-Year Repayment Term

Lowest APRs are available for the most creditworthy applicants, and include an automatic payment discount. Applying with a cosigner could help you qualify for a lower rate.

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 3.10% 84 @ $25.83 84 @ $132.59 $13,307.78
$25 Minimum Payment 3.09% 84 @ $25.00 84 @ $133.51 $13,314.84
Deferred Repayment* 2.91% N/A* 84 @ $161.23 $13,533.86

Maximum (Highest Fixed Rate) Payment Example at 15-Year Repayment Term

Repayment Option APR No. of Payments
In-School/Grace
No. of Payments
After Graduation
Total Cost
Interest Only Repayment 12.94% 84 @ $107.83 180 @ $126.16 $31,768.59
$25 Minimum Payment 11.18% 84 @ $25.00 180 @ $213.83 $40,589.40
Deferred Repayment* 10.86% N/A* 180 @ $240.24 $42,785.28

*For Deferred Repayment options, eligibility for an automatic payment discount requires a minimum payment of $1. (See Terms & Conditions)

Frequently Asked Questions About APR

What is a good student loan APR?
APRs will differ from one student to the next. APRs for student loans are highly dependent on your loan qualifications and whether you opt for a variable or fixed rate.

At Ascent, we offer students a range of flexible payment options and the option to pause payments for up to 9 months after graduating or leaving school. These are just a few of the reasons we are recognized as Best Private Student Loan for 2021 by Forbes Advisor and NerdWallet (among others).

What are student loan rates based on?
Student loan rates are based on a range of factors including credit history, credit score, and debt-to-income ratio, among others determined by your lender. Finding a creditworthy cosigner may help you receive a lower rate.

If you choose a variable loan, LIBOR and similar financial indexes may affect your rate.

You can check your rates with Ascent without impacting your or your cosigner’s credit score.

How do I find my APR for my student loan?
Your lender should be upfront with you about this information. Many lenders, including Ascent, are transparent with their rates, and even allow you to check your rates online without impacting your credit score.

Whether you’re applying for a student loan for the first time or already have one, talk to your lender if you have questions about your APR. If you’re considering applying for a student loan with Ascent, our 100% U.S. based customer service team is available to help answer your questions: