The bottom line: Best for borrowers whose loans are already serviced by Navient.
Navient Student Loan Refinance
3.48 - 7.35%
2.88 - 7.25%
Min. Credit Score
Pros & Cons
More flexible repayment options for struggling borrowers than other lenders.
No late fees.
You can refinance without a degree.
You can't see if you’ll qualify and what rate you’ll get without a hard credit check.
No option to make greater-than-minimum payments via autopay.
How does this loan compare?
Navient is a servicer for federal and private student loans that was once part of Sallie Mae. Navient offers refinanced student loans originated by the online lender Earnest, branded as NaviRefi.
NaviRefi is unique in that it's only available to borrowers with loans serviced by Navient, though you can also refinance student loans that aren't held by Navient if you qualify. You must receive an invitation code to refinance with NaviRefi.
Even if Navient is your servicer, you may be able to refinance with many different lenders. NaviRefi is a good option if you like your existing benefits — Navient offers multiple options for borrowers who can't afford payments, for example — and NaviRefi offers you the best interest rate.
Navient is facing multiple lawsuits alleging that it harmed borrowers throughout the repayment process. The company has challenged the allegations.
Navient student loan refinancing at a glance
Loans are available to existing Navient customers by invitation only.
Borrowers struggling to afford payments have flexible repayment options.
No option to apply with a co-signer.
How NaviRefi could improve
NaviRefi could improve its student loan refinance product by:
Conducting soft credit checks to give personalized rate estimates.
Allowing greater-than-minimum payments via auto-pay.
Letting borrowers refinance their parents' PLUS loans in their own name.
How much can refinancing save?
NaviRefi student loan refinancing details
Before refinancing with NaviRefi
If you're invited to refinance with NaviRefi, you can apply on its website. Before deciding on a student loan refinance lender, compare multiple student loan refinance options to make sure you’re getting the best rate you qualify for. In addition to interest rates, compare lenders’ repayment options and the flexibility they offer borrowers who are struggling to make payments.
If you aren’t eligible to refinance with NaviRefi
If NaviRefi denies your refinance application, the lender will let you know why. Depending on the reason, you may want to consider other lenders, including those that allow a co-signer.
NerdWallet recommends prequalifying with multiple refinance lenders before you apply. This will let you know which lenders you may be eligible with, without affecting your credit.
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