Put great rates and flexible terms to work for you.
Get the private student loan that fits your life
No application, origination or disbursement fees for Citizens One Student Loans
Eligible applicants may choose:
Students are encouraged to apply with a qualified co-signer to increase chances of receiving the lowest rate possible.
Ways to save:
All together, you could lower your interest rate up to 0.50 percentage points1
Depending on your education level, the borrowing limits vary. The lifetime aggregate amount of your Citizens One Student Loans plus federal and other private student loans cannot exceed:
|Total Private and Federal Student Loan Debt||Total Citizens One Student Loan Debt|
|Business and Law||$225,000||$180,000|
|Healthcare Professionals||$180,000 or $350,000 depending on degree3||$150,000 or $295,000 depending on degree3|
Minimum borrowing amount is $1,000.
Choose the repayment option that best meets your needs. We recommend that you pay off your balances as quickly as possible to reduce the overall cost of your private student loan.
Pay Immediately: Make principal and interest payments while in school.
Pay Interest Only: Make interest-only payments while in school. This will reduce the total interest you pay on your loan.
Deferred Payment: Make no payments until six months after graduation or after you leave school or drop below half-time status.
Choose the time period to repay your loan:
5 year term: Offers lowest rates and lowest total cost of borrowing.
10 year term: Offers lower rates and moderate savings on total cost of borrowing.
15 year term: Offers lowest monthly payment.
No matter which term you choose, you can always make additional payments without penalty. This lets you pay off your student loans faster and saves you money. (repayment examples)
We'll send your loan funds directly to the school you're attending.
To qualify for a Citizens One Student Loan, you need to:
International students can apply for the Citizens One Student Loan with a creditworthy U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-signer.
For students with little or no credit history, we strongly suggest that you apply with a qualified co-signer to increase your chances of being approved. A qualified co-signer may also help you secure a lower interest rate on your private student loan.
Co-signers can now start the student loan application online.
When your loan payments become due, borrowers may apply to release the co-signer from their loan after making 36 consecutive on-time payments of principal and interest.4
Fill out the fast, easy online Citizens One Student Loan application. You can even e-sign. If you’re applying with a co-signer (which we recommend to improve your chances of approval and to get the best available rates), he or she can also start the application online.
No. Private student loan borrowers DO NOT need to submit a FAFSA. Simply complete the online Citizens One Student Loan application to apply.
You may borrow up to the maximum qualified loan amount or the total cost of education, whichever is lower. Our student loan does have lifetime aggregate limits (including both federal and private loan debt) of:
Yes. Our Citizens One Student Loan can be used to help pay for your indirect costs while you are enrolled in school. The maximum you can borrow each year is determined by your individual school through certification.
All you need to do is fill out the quick and easy online application. Before you apply, make sure you have the following items available so you can easily complete your application:
Remember, students are encouraged to apply with a qualified co-signer to increase their chances of approval and receiving the lowest rate possible.
If you’re a parent, take a look at our Citizens One Student Loan for Parents—with an average fee savings of $643*, it’s a better alternative to the Federal Direct PLUS loan.
The Citizens One Student Loan and Citizens One Loan for Parents have no origination, application, or disbursement fees.
We will need to see a reasonably strong credit history, which is derived from your credit score. If you do not have a sufficient credit history, you should apply with a creditworthy co-signer.
The Citizens One Student Loan is a credit-based loan which will be seen as an inquiry on the applicant’s credit report.
If you apply for a private student loan on your own, without a co-signer, and are denied, it's probably because you have an insufficient personal credit history, as is typical for a student. You'll simply have to find a qualified co-signer, such as a parent or other guardian, and re-apply.
There’s no prepayment penalty.
We have a team of Student Lending Specialists who are ready to help with all your college student loan needs. Simply call 1-888-333-0256.
*Average savings of $643 are calculated using the 2016/2017 Award Year Federal Direct PLUS Loan program reporting (as of 5/03/2017 for quarter ending December 31, 2016 not including Grad PLUS) of originations of ~$11.1 billion to 740,097 borrowers through 769,597 loans with an average loan size of $15,035.30. Average fee savings is possible with either private student loan option we offer, including the Citizens One Student Loan® or the Citizens One Student Loan® for Parents.
U.S. Dept. of Education. The loan fee is a percentage of the loan amount and is proportionately deducted from each loan disbursement. For Loans first disbursed between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 the origination fee is 4.264%.
1Interest rate reduction of up to 0.50 percentage points is possible with the following discounts:
Loyalty Discount: The borrower will be eligible for a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction on their loan if the borrower or their co-signer (if applicable) has a qualifying account in existence with us at the time the borrower and their co-signer (if applicable) have submitted a completed application authorizing us to review their credit request for the loan. The following are qualifying accounts: any checking account, savings account, money market account, certificate of deposit, automobile loan, home equity loan, home equity line of credit, mortgage, credit card account, or other student loans owned by Citizens Bank, N.A. Please note, our checking and savings account options are only available in the following states: CT, DE, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, and VT and some products may have an associated cost. This discount will be reflected in the interest rate disclosed in the Loan Approval Disclosure that will be provided to the borrower once the loan is approved. Limit of one Loyalty Discount per loan and discount will not be applied to prior loans. The Loyalty Discount will remain in effect for the life of the loan.
Automatic Payment Discount: Borrowers will be eligible to receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction on their student loans owned by Citizens Bank, N.A. during such time as payments are required to be made and our loan servicer is authorized to automatically deduct payments each month from any bank account the borrower designates. Discount is not available when payments are not due, such as during forbearance. If our loan servicer is unable to successfully withdraw the automatic deductions from the designated account three or more times within any 12-month period, the borrower will no longer be eligible for this discount.
2Multi-year approval funds available for future use are subject to a soft credit inquiry at time of your next request to verify continued eligibility. After we make the initial Loan to you, we may refuse to allow you to take out additional loans under the multi-year approval feature. Terms and conditions will be outlined in your promissory note. Please Note: International Students are not eligible for the multi-year approval feature.
3Health Profession Aggregate limits disclosure: Aggregate limits up to $350,000 and loan limits up to $295,000 for MD, DMD/DDS, OD, DO, PDM, DVM, and PharmD degrees. Aggregate limits up to $180,000 and loan limits up to $150,000 for cardiac perfusion, chiropractic, cytotechnology, nurse practitioner, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant degrees.
4Borrowers may apply for co-signer release after making 36 consecutive on-time payments of principal and interest. For the purpose of the application for co-signer release, on-time payments are defined as payments received within 15 days of the due date. Interest only payments do not qualify. The borrower must meet certain credit and eligibility guidelines when applying for the co-signer release. Borrowers must complete an application for release and provide income verification documents as part of the review. Borrowers who use deferment or forbearance will need to make 36 consecutive on-time payments after reentering repayment to qualify for release. The borrower applying for co-signer release must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. If an application for co-signer release is denied, the borrower may not reapply for co-signer release until at least one year from the date the application for co-signer release was received. Terms and conditions apply.
Citizens One Student Loan Eligibility: Borrowers must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree-granting program at an eligible institution. Borrowers must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or an international borrower/eligible non-citizen with a creditworthy U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-signer. For borrowers who have not attained the age of majority in their state of residence, a co-signer is required. Citizens One reserves the right to modify eligibility criteria at anytime. Interest rate ranges subject to change. Citizens One private student loans are subject to credit qualification, completion of a loan application/consumer credit agreement, verification of application information, and if applicable, self-certification form, school certification of the loan amount, and student’s enrollment at a Citizens One- participating school. Please Note: International Students are not eligible for the multi-year approval feature.