The Custom Choice Loan can help fill the gap when federal loans, scholarships, and grants aren't enough.
- Competitive interest rates
- Several repayment options and choice of rate type (fixed or variable)
- No origination, application or prepayment fees
- Interest rate reduction for ACH payments1 (SunTrust clients earn extra)
- Graduation reward2
- Interest rates are determined by (1) borrower's and cosigner's (if applicable) credit histories, (2) the repayment option and loan term selected, and (3) the requested loan amount and other information provided on the online loan application
- APRs including the Summer Savings Discount* -
- Current variable rates range from 2.491% APR to 8.009% APR3
- Current fixed rates range from 4.001% APR to 9.771% APR4
- Choose what's best for you: upon approval, applicants can compare loan options to determine the impact to their monthly payment amount and total loan cost
- Choice of rate type: fixed or variable
- Choice of loan term: 7, 10 or 15 years5
- Choice of repayment option:6
- Immediate Repayment, Interest-Only7, Partial Interest7, Full Deferment7
- Students can select full deferment or can select a repayment type that allows them to make partial or full payments while in school7
- Grace period generally six months8
- Minimum loan amount: $1,0019
- Annual loan maximum: $65,00010
- Aggregate student loan limit (total amount of student loan debt allowable): $150,00011
- Graduation reward: 1% principal reduction2
- Up to 0.50% interest rate reduction for automatic payments1
- No application, origination or prepayment fees
- Cosigner release option available12
- Student loan protection in case of death/disability14
To be eligible for a SunTrust Custom Choice Loan, the student must:
- Be enrolled at least half-time or more in a Title IV program at an eligible school
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Be the legal age of majority, or at least 17 years of age at the time of application13
- Have a permanent residency address that is NOT in Iowa or Wisconsin
Do students need a cosigner?
- A cosigner is not always required, but most students, especially those without a substantial credit history, may need a creditworthy cosigner to qualify
- Either the cosigner or the student can start the application the EasyInviteSM tool, within the online application, allows the cosigner or the student to be invited to the application
- Find out more about how a cosigner can help
- A cosigner release option is available12
- Review Frequently Asked Questions about the Custom Choice Loan
- Call a SunTrust representative at 866-232-3889
Step one - Apply Online:
- Students and cosigners, if applicable, apply online (they may apply at the same time or during separate sessions)
- An Application and Solicitation Disclosure outlining current interest rate ranges, loan cost examples, federal loan alternatives, and other general loan information is presented electronically to the student borrower and cosigner, if applicable
Step two - Loan Options:
- Upon passing the initial credit review, loan options (including interest rates, repayment plans and repayment terms) are presented online
Step three - Loan Documentation:
- Once loan options are selected, a list of required documentation, including an Applicant Self-Certification Form, is presented
- Required documentation must be submitted before the loan process will continue
- Documentation can be uploaded online or submitted by fax or mail
Step four - Approval Disclosure:
- After all required documentation has been received and approved, an Approval Disclosure will be sent outlining the terms of the loan based on the preliminary loan amount before school certification
- The Approval Disclosure must be accepted within 30 calendar days if the student and cosigner, if applicable, agree to the loan terms
- Acceptance of this can be given through the applicant's online account, by fax or by mail
Step five - School Certification:
- Certification of the loan is required by the student's school of attendance and will be requested by SunTrust
- The school will certify the loan ensuring that the student is enrolled at least half time, that the loan amount is correct, and will confirm disbursement specifications
Step six - Final Disclosure:
- After school certification is received, the final loan terms will be outlined in a Final Disclosure which will be mailed to both the student borrower and cosigner, if applicable; for convenience, the Final Disclosure is also available online
- 3 Day rescission period the student borrower and cosigner, if applicable, will have three business days to cancel or rescind the loan
- SunTrust must wait until this three business day period has expired before disbursement of funds can take place
- No action is required by the borrower and cosigner, if applicable, unless either desires to cancel or rescind the loan
Step seven - Loan Disbursement:
- Amounts and timing of when a loan is disbursed is given to SunTrust by the school
- A loan may have up to four disbursements and disbursement amounts do not have to be equal
- Funds are sent to the school and applied to the student's account; any overage of funds above/beyond what is owed to the school is handled between the school and student
What is a cosigner?
A cosigner is an additional applicant besides the student, such as a parent, guardian, grandparent or other person, who will bear the same legal responsibility as the student.
Why is a cosigner important?
Many students don't have a substantial credit history or have other concerns about being approved for a private student loan, and adding a creditworthy cosigner may help them qualify and also obtain a lower interest rate.
What makes a good cosigner on a loan?
A good cosigner:
- Has a substantial credit history
- Does not have any serious negative items on their credit report
- Meets their credit obligations on time
- Is not over burdened with debt
- Has steady employment and/or income sufficient to meet debt obligations
Can a cosigner be released from the loan?
The cosigner can be released from liability after the first 48 initial, consecutive principal and interest payments are made on time12. The borrower must meet credit criteria on their own at that time. In the event the student borrower dies or becomes permanently disabled, the loan can be forgiven and the cosigner won't be responsible for repayment.14
How is a cosigner added to a Custom Choice loan?
Applying as a cosigner takes about 15 minutes. Either the cosigner or the student can start the application the EasyInviteSM tool, within the online application, allows the cosigner or the student to be invited to the application.
SunTrust recommends comparing all aid alternatives including grants, scholarships, and federal loans, prior to applying for a private student loan. Before selecting a private student loan, compare options offered by SunTrust.
* Rates shown for the Custom Choice Loan include the Summer Savings Offer of 0.75% off of the interest rate on the Custom Choice Loan. Summer Savings Offer is valid for Custom Choice applications submitted for a credit decision 6/1/15 through 8/31/15. The 0.75% interest rate reduction will be included in the loan options presented to an applicant during the online application process, upon passing the initial credit review. The interest rate reduction will be applied as of the initial disbursement date and effective for the life of the loan.
1 Interest rate reductions offered for automatic payment from a bank account: 0.25% interest rate reduction for ACH payment from any bank account and an extra 0.25% interest rate reduction when ACH payments are made from a SunTrust Bank account. ACH interest rate reduction(s) apply when full payments (including both principal and interest) are automatically drafted from a bank account. Interest rate reduction(s) will remain on the account unless (1) the automatic deduction of payments is stopped (including times during deferment or forbearance) or (2) there are three automatic deductions returned for insufficient funds within the life of the loan. The additional SunTrust ACH reward will be applied after the first automatic payment is successfully deducted from a SunTrust Bank checking, savings or money market account.
2 Proof of graduation (certified copy of diploma) must be submitted to the loan servicer within 90 days after graduation. 1% principal reduction is based on the net disbursed loan amount. To receive the reward, no more than one late payment (payment received more than 10 days after the due date) is allowed and the student borrower must have earned a bachelor's degree or higher.
3 The variable interest rate for each calendar month is calculated by adding the current One-month LIBOR index (captured on the 25th day of each month, or the next business day thereafter, of the month immediately preceding such calendar month and rounded up to the nearest 1/8th of one percent) to the margin. The current One-month LIBOR index is 0.250% on 07/01/15. LIBOR stands for London Interbank Offered Rate. The One-month LIBOR is the Current Index, as published in the "Money Rates" section of the Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition). The interest rate will be determined after you apply. The variable interest rate and Annual Percentage Rate (APR) depend upon (1) the student's and cosigner's (if applicable) credit histories, (2) the repayment option and loan term selected, and (3) the requested loan amount and other information provided on the online loan application. If approved, applicants will be notified of the rate qualified for within the stated range. The variable interest rate will increase or decrease if the One-month LIBOR index changes. Rates and terms effective for applications received on or after 07/01/15.
4 Current fixed interest rates depend on (1) the student's and cosigner's, if applicable, credit histories, (2) the repayment option and loan term selected, and (3) the requested loan amount and other information provided on the online loan application. If approved, applicants will be notified of the rate qualified for within the stated range. The fixed rate assigned to a loan will never change except as required by law or if you request and qualify for the ACH reduction benefit(s). Rates and terms effective for applications received on or after 07/01/15.
5 Click here to see payment examples. The 15 year term is only available for loan amounts of $5,000 or more.
6 Any applicant who applies for the loan the month of, the month prior to, or the month after their graduation date, as stated on the application or certified by the school, the only repayment option offered will be the immediate repayment option.
7 Making interest only or partial interest payments while in school will not reduce the principal balance of the loan. Partial Interest Payment plan of $25 per month is available on loans of $5,000 or more; click here to see a payment example. For Partial Interest and Fully Deferred loans, any accrued and unpaid interest will be capitalized (added to your principal loan balance) when repayment of principal and interest begins. Payments may be deferred (a) while student is enrolled at least half-time at an approved school, and (b) during the 6 month grace period after graduation or dropping below half-time status. The deferment period may not exceed five years plus six-month grace period. There are no prepayment penalties.
8 Length of grace period may be shorter than six months for students enrolled in school for longer than 60 months. The immediate repayment option does not have a grace period.
9 The minimum loan amount is $1,001 with exceptions based on the student's state of permanent residence, as follows: Alaska: $5,001, Colorado: $3,001, New Mexico: $2,501, Oklahoma: $4,901, Rhode Island: $5,001, South Carolina: $3,601. The Custom Choice Loan is not available to students whose permanent residency state is IA or WI.
10 The maximum annual loan amount is determined by the school's cost of attendance, minus other financial aid such as federal student loans, scholarships or grants, up to $65,000.
11 The aggregate maximum student loan debt allowed is $150,000 (includes all student loans and any unsecured, deferred consumer debt).
12 Request for the cosigner to be released can be made after the first 48 consecutive, on-time payments (not later than ten days after the due date) of principal and interest have been made. At the time of the request, the student borrower must meet credit criteria on their own at the time of the request, must have had at least one payment transferred electronically from a bank account, and must be enrolled for automatic deduction of monthly payments from a bank account.
13 The legal age for entering into contracts is 18 years of age in every state except Alabama (19 years old), Nebraska (19 years old, only for wards of the state), and Mississippi and Puerto Rico (21 years old).
14 If the student borrower on a loan dies after disbursement of all or part of the loan(s) and the loan(s) has not previously become a charged off loan due to non-payment or bankruptcy, then the outstanding principal and accrued interest balance on such loan(s) shall be forgiven if the servicer is informed of the student borrower's death and receives acceptable proof of death. If the student borrower on a loan becomes totally and permanently disabled and the loan(s) has not previously become a charged off loan due to non-payment or bankruptcy, the student borrower may apply to have the loan balance discharged by completing a discharge application.
EasyInvite is a registered service mark of First Marblehead Corporation.
Certain restrictions and limitations may apply. SunTrust Bank reserves the right to change or discontinue these programs without notice. All loan programs are subject to approval and may not be available in certain jurisdictions.