Students enrolled less than half-time/part-time* are now eligible to apply (this can include a summer and/or winter term)!

Variable Rate Loan Details

AAA Advantage Student Loan

Loan Name

AAA Advantage Student Loan

Annual Percentage Rate (APR)

Variable: 3.38% APR to 12.18% APR3,4

Application Origination or Prepayment Fee

0%

Graduation Reward

3.00%5

Loan Amount

Minimum loan amount: $1,0006

Annual loan maximum: $99,9996

Lowest APRs shown include a 0.25% interest rate reduction for customers who elect auto pay.3,4

Fixed Rate Loan Details

AAA Advantage Student Loan

Loan Name

AAA Advantage Student Loan

Annual Percentage Rate (APR)

Fixed: 3.65% APR to 12.46% APR3,4

Application Origination or Prepayment Fee

0%

Graduation Reward

3.00%5

Loan Amount

Minimum loan amount: $1,0006

Annual loan maximum: $99,9996

Lowest APRs shown include a 0.25% interest rate reduction for customers who elect auto pay.3,4

Product Features

  • Prequalify2 - consumers can check their rate in minutes without impacting their credit score
  • Choice of fixed or variable interest rates
  • Multiple repayment terms to choose from: 7, 10 or 15 years7
  • No fees
  • Cosigner release option available after making 36 consecutive on-time payments8
  • Multiple repayment options available9
    1. Full deferment
    2. Flat Payment
    3. Interest only
    4. Immediate repayment

Borrower Benefits

3.00%

Principal reduction with proof of graduation for AAA members5

0.25%

Interest rate reduction for customers who elect auto pay10

0.25%

Interest rate reduction for consistently making on-time payments11

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Call 1-800-513-1464 to speak with a Customer Service Representative to learn more about the AAA Advantage Student Loan.

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Loan Limits6

  • Minimum loan amount: $1,000
  • Annual borrowing limit: lesser of the cost of attendance less aid or the requested amount, not to exceed $99,999
  • Aggregate student loan limit (total amount of private and federal student loan debt allowable): $180,000

Eligibility

  • The student must be enrolled at an approved school in a degree-granting program.
  • The student, and, if applicable, the cosigner, must have a good credit history with no student loan defaults or bankruptcies. Students with no credit history, or without a substantial credit history, may qualify with a creditworthy cosigner. Students applying on their own, or cosigners on a cosigned application, must provide proof of income.
  • The student must be the legal age of majority12 at the time of application or at least 17 years of age if applying with a cosigner who meets the age of majority requirements in the cosigner’s state of residence.
  • The student must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or Eligible Non-Citizen (DACA resident) applying with an eligible cosigner who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien or an international student applying with an eligible cosigner who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.
Click here to see the Application and Solicitation Disclosure

Before applying for a private student loan, Citizens and Cognition Financial recommend comparing all financial aid alternatives including grants, scholarships, and both federal and private student loans.

The AAA Advantage Student 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 COGNITION FINANCIAL CORPORATION 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.

* Students enrolled less than half-time are only offered the Immediate Repayment option.

1 You must submit a new application for a AAA Advantage Student Loan each year. This approval percentage is based on undergraduate borrowers with a AAA Advantage Student Loan from 2020 who were approved again in 2021. Future approval rates can change.

2 In order to provide you with a range of rates you prequalify for, Citizens will perform a soft credit inquiry, as authorized by you. Soft credit inquiries do not affect your credit. If you prequalify, the rates and loan options offered to you are estimates only. Once you choose your loan options and submit your application, Citizens will perform a hard credit inquiry. Loan approval, options, and final rates depend on the verification of information provided on your application, and information obtained from the hard credit inquiry (and any cosigner’s hard credit inquiry).

3 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 9/1/22. The variable interest rate for each calendar month is calculated by adding the 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 2.23% as of 9/1/22. The variable interest rate will increase or decrease if the SOFR index changes or if a new index is chosen. The applicable index or margin for variable rate loans may change over time and result in a different APR than shown. The fixed rate assigned to a loan will never change except as required by law or if you request and qualify for the on-time payment or auto pay discount(s).

4 APRs assume a $10,000 loan with one disbursement. The high APRs assume a 15-year term with the Full Deferment option, a 31 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 footnote 10 for auto pay details.

5 The 3% principal reduction is based on the total dollar amount of all disbursements made, excluding any amounts that are reduced, cancelled, 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 along with proof of the borrower’s or cosigner’s current AAA membership must be provided to the Servicer. This reward is available once during the life of the loan, regardless of whether the student borrower receives more than one degree.

6 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).

7 The 15-year term and Flat Payment Repayment option (paying $25 per month during in-school deferment) are 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. Making interest only or flat interest payments during deferment will not reduce the principal balance of the loan. Payment examples (all assume a 14-month deferment period, a six-month grace period before entering repayment, no auto pay discount, and the Interest Only Repayment option): 7-year term: $10,000 loan, one disbursement, with a 7-year repayment term (84 months) and a 7.69% APR would result in a monthly principal and interest payment of $154.32. 10-year term: $10,000 loan, one disbursement, with a 10-year repayment term (120 months) and a 7.54% APR would result in a monthly principal and interest payment of $118.91. 15-year term: $10,000 loan, one disbursement, with, a 15-year repayment term (180 months) and a 7.53% % APR would result in a monthly principal and interest payment of $92.87.

8 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.

9 Any student applicant who is enrolled less than half-time or who applies for a loan the month of, the month prior to, or the month after their graduation date, as stated on the application or certified by the school, will only be offered the Immediate Repayment option. The Interest Only option (defer principal payments), Flat Payment Repayment option ($25 monthly payment) and the Full Deferment option (defer principal and interest payments) are only available while the student is enrolled at least half-time at an approved school. The Flat Payment Repayment option ($25 monthly payment) is only available on loans of $5,000 or more. With the Immediate Repayment option, the first payment of principal and interest is due approximately 30-60 calendar days after the final disbursement date and the minimum monthly payment will be $50.00. Certain repayment terms and/or options may not be available depending on the applicant's enrollment status and/or debt-to-income ratio. There are no prepayment penalties. See footnote 7 for payment examples.

10 Earn 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 is in addition to other discounts. 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.

11 The 0.25% interest rate reduction will automatically be applied if the first 36 consecutive monthly payments during the repayment term are received by the Servicer within 10 calendar days after their due date. Payments made prior to the start of the repayment term do not count toward the number of required monthly payments.

12 The legal age for entering into contracts is 18 years of age in every state except Alabama (19 years old), Nebraska (19 years old, only for wards of the state), and Puerto Rico (21 years old).

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