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New Smart Borrowing Tool for Grad Studies

Students considering graduate or professional degree studies can use a new online smart borrowing tool to make informed decisions about their borrowing levels and their ability to successfully repay new student loan debt.

The Grad Degree Gauge was created to encourage users to consider their current and potential annual salaries with and without a graduate degree; previous and future borrowing to pay for their education; and opportunities in a career associated with the intended graduate degree. It is free to use and provides users with information related to their potential ability to repay new student loan debt.

Refinancing Option for Recent Graduates

Recent graduates and other student loan borrowers entering or already in repayment may be facing many years of repaying high-interest student loans.

Whether those student loan borrowers have high interest rate loans because of poor credit years ago when they initially applied for the loan or because they have variable rate loans with increasing rates, the Reset Refinance LoanSM (Reset Loan) may be a good option for your students or graduates looking at their options. And for borrowers with student loans serviced by a number of lenders, refinancing those loans into a new Reset Loan can also simplify repayment so that the borrower only needs to submit one payment each month to a single servicer.

The Reset Loan features competitive fixed rates, multiple repayment options and clearly defined underwriting criteria, including required FICO scores for specific rates.

Scholarship Opportunities

Registration for the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship is open until Feb. 16, 2018.

This scholarship offers Iowa high school seniors a chance to receive one of 30 scholarships worth $2,000 for college while learning important financial literacy skills. Students who register must complete two online financial literacy tutorials — Student Loan Game PlanSM and the ROCI Reality Check — and a related assessment to be eligible. The 30 students who score the highest on assessment will receive a scholarship. If top-scoring students tie, those students will be asked to write and be judged on a short essay so recipients can be determined.

Registered students will also receive emails highlighting financial literacy tips, such as the importance of early career and college planning and ways to reduce student loan indebtedness. Read our latest news to learn more about the Senior Scholarship.

In addition to our Senior Scholarship for Iowa high school seniors, we will offer our annual Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship in 2018 for students who live in Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin but intend to enroll in an Iowa college or university in fall 2018. Registration for the program will be Feb. 5–May 31, 2018. Watch for more information soon.

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