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Student loan refinancing rates tick up slightly from last week's record low

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The latest trends in interest rates for student loan refinancing from the Credible marketplace, updated weekly. (iStock)

Borrowers with excellent credit seeking to refinance student loans during the week of January 18, 2021 prequalified for rates that were slightly higher than last week's record low for fixed-rate loans.

For borrowers with credit scores of 720 or higher who used the Credible marketplace to select a lender, during the week of January 18th:

  • Rates on 10-year fixed-rate loans averaged 3.82%, up from a record low of 3.78% the week before but down from 4.84% a year ago.
  • Rates on 5-year variable-rate loans averaged 3.27%, down from 3.29% the week before and 3.72% a year ago. Variable-rate loans hit a record low of 2.63% during the week of June 29, 2020.

If you're curious about what kind of student loan refinance rates you may qualify for, you can use an online tool like Credible to compare options from different private lenders. Checking your rates won't affect your credit score.

Current student loan refinancing rates by credit score

If you qualify for student loan refinancing, the interest rate you may be offered can depend on factors like your credit score, the type of loan you’re seeking (fixed or variable rate), and the loan repayment term.

The chart above shows that a good credit score can help you get a lower rate, and that rates tend to be higher on loans with fixed interest rates and longer repayment terms. Because each lender has its own method of evaluating borrowers, it’s a good idea to request student loan refinancing rates from multiple lenders so you can compare your options.

You can use Credible to compare student loan refinancing rates from multiple private lenders at once without affecting your credit score.

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