Custom Choice Student Loan Disclosures
Custom Choice Student Loan Disclosures
Before applying for a private student loan, Citizens and Monogram recommend comparing all financial aid alternatives including grants, scholarships, and both federal and private student loans.
The Custom Choice Loan® is made by Citizens (“Lender”). All loans are subject to individual approval and adherence to Lender’s underwriting guidelines. Program restrictions and other terms and conditions apply. LENDER AND MONOGRAM LLC EACH RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR DISCONTINUE PRODUCTS AND BENEFITS AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. TERMS, CONDITIONS AND RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE.
Interest rates and APRs (Annual Percentage Rates) depend upon (1) the student’s and cosigner’s (if applicable) credit histories, (2) the repayment option and repayment term selected, (3) the expected number of years in deferment, (4) the requested loan amount and (5) other information provided on the online loan application. If approved, applicants will be notified of the rate applicable to your loan. Rates and terms are effective as of 1/1/24. The variable interest rate for each calendar month is calculated by adding 30-Day Average Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) index, or a replacement index if the SOFR index is no longer available, plus a fixed margin assigned to each loan. The SOFR index is published on the website of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The current SOFR index is 5.34% as of 1/1/24. The applicable index or margin for variable rate loans may increase or decrease over time if the SOFR index changes or if a new index is chosen, and result in a different APR than shown. The fixed rate and APR assigned to a loan will never change except as required by law or if you request and qualify for the auto pay discount. The APR typically differs from the interest rate since it accounts for fees, the rate, length of the loan and the timing of all payments and reflects the cost as a yearly rate.
APRs displayed as a range in the rate table assume a $10,000 loan with one disbursement. The high APRs assume a 7-year term with the Flat Payment Repayment option, a 2 month deferment period, and a six-month grace period before entering repayment. The low APRs assume a 7-year term, and the Immediate Repayment option with payments beginning 30-60 days after the disbursement via auto pay (see auto pay details in Discounts footnote below).
Loan Terms: The 15-year term is only available for loan amounts of $5,000 or more. Certain repayment terms and/or options may not be available depending on the applicant’s enrollment status and/or debt-to-income ratio. Payment examples (all assume a 14-month deferment period, a six-month grace period before entering repayment, no rate reduction for auto pay and the Interest Only Repayment option): 7-year term: $10,000 loan, one disbursement, with a 7-year repayment term (84 months), and 8.91% APR would result in a monthly principal and interest payment of $160.43. 10-year term: $10,000 loan, one disbursement, with a 10-year repayment term (120 months) and 8.59% APR would result in a monthly principal and interest payment of $124.47. 15-year term: $10,000 loan, one disbursement, with a 15-year repayment term (180 months) and 8.54% APR would result in a monthly principal and interest payment of $98.71.
Loan Amounts: The minimum loan amount is $1,000 except for student applicants who are permanent residents of Iowa in which case the minimum loan amount is $1,001. The maximum annual loan amount to cover in-school expenses for each academic year is determined by the school’s cost of attendance, minus other financial aid, such as federal student loans, scholarships, or grants, up to $99,999 annually. The loan amount must be certified by the school. The loan amount cannot cause the aggregate maximum student loan debt (which includes federal and private student loans) to exceed $180,000 per applicant (on cosigned applications, separate calculations are performed for the student and cosigner).
Monthly Payment During School: This is the estimated monthly payment that will be made during the time you remain enrolled at the level of attendance your school certifies, subject to the initial deferment period maximum of 66 months from the first disbursement date. Immediate Repayment: Starting 30-60 days after your first disbursement date the first monthly payment of principal and interest will be due. The monthly payments of principal and interest will be generally stable for twelve months and will be recalculated once each year and reset annually on the anniversary of your most recent repayment start date so as to pay the loan in full over the remaining repayment period. Full Deferment: Principal and interest payments will be deferred from your first disbursement date through your initial deferment period end date. Starting 30-60 days after the initial deferment period, the first monthly payments of principal and interest will be due unless you qualify for and request an additional type of deferment. Interest Only Repayment: Principal payments will be deferred from your first disbursement date through your initial deferment period end date. Starting 30-60 days after your first disbursement date you will pay interest-only monthly payments that are equal to the accrued interest on the outstanding principal balance throughout the initial deferment period. Flat Payment Repayment during school: Principal payments will be deferred from your first disbursement date through your initial deferment period end date. Starting 30-60 days after your first disbursement date you will pay a minimum amount of $25 in interest per month through your initial deferment period end date. For all repayment options, any accrued and unpaid interest (interest that is in excess of the amount paid each month) will be added to the outstanding principal balance and may be capitalized at the beginning of your repayment period.
Monthly Payment After Graduation: Immediate Repayment: This is the estimated combined monthly principal and interest payment amount following the final disbursement of your loan The monthly payment amount shown in the estimate will increase or decrease if the interest rate increases or decreases and will be computed based on the interest rate applicable at the time repayment begins. Your monthly payment amount may also be recalculated (a) after any deferment or forbearance period, (b) after you ask the servicer to change the monthly payment due date or (c) if the minimum monthly payment is not enough to cover the interest accrued during that month. Full Deferment, Interest Only Repayment and Flat Payment during school: The Estimated Monthly Payment after Graduation is the combined principal and interest payment amount following the initial deferment period. The first year of principal and interest repayment generally has the same monthly payment each month. After the first year of principal and interest payments, monthly payment amounts are recalculated once each year and reset annually on the anniversary of your most recent repayment start date so as to pay the loan in full over the remaining repayment period. The monthly payment amount shown in the estimate will increase or decrease if the interest rate increases or decreases and will be computed based on the interest rate applicable at the time repayment begins. Your monthly payment amount may also be recalculated (a) after any deferment or forbearance period, (b) after you ask the servicer to change the monthly payment due date, or (c) if the minimum monthly payment is not enough to cover the interest accrued during that month. For all repayment options, the minimum monthly payments of your loan’s combined principal and interest will be at least $50.
Graduation Reward: The principal reduction is based on the total dollar amount of all disbursements made, excluding any amounts that are reduced, canceled, or returned. To receive this principal reduction, it must be requested from the Servicer, the student borrower must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher and proof of such graduation must be provided to the Servicer. This reward is available once during the life of the loan, regardless of whether the student receives more than one degree.
Cosigner Release: A cosigner may be released from the loan upon request to the Servicer, provided that the student borrower has met certain credit and other criteria, and 36 consecutive monthly principal and interest payments have been received by the Servicer within 10 calendar days after their due date. Late payment(s), or the use of a deferment or forbearance will reset the number of consecutive principal and interest payments to zero. Use of an approved alternative repayment plan will disqualify the loan from being eligible for this benefit.
Discounts: Auto Pay yields a 0.25% interest rate reduction for making automatic payments of principal and interest from a bank account (“auto pay discount”) by completing the direct debit form provided by the Servicer. The auto pay discount will be applied after the Servicer validates your bank account information and will continue until (1) three automatic deductions are returned for insufficient funds during the life of the loan (after which the discount cannot be reinstated) or (2) automatic deduction of payments is canceled. The auto pay discount is not available when reduced payments are being made or when the loan is in a deferment or forbearance, even if payments are being made. Please note that if the discount filter in the Offer Dashboard is turned “on”, the interest rate and APR estimates quoted on the Offer Dashboard will include the auto pay discount. The auto pay discount will not be reflected in the contract or disclosures you receive from the Lender because you must request and qualify for the auto pay discount.
Past Due Balances: Applications may be accepted up to the earlier of (a) twelve calendar months after the Applicant’s academic period end date or (b) twelve calendar months after the Applicant’s graduation date.
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