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Access Group vs Sallie Mae

Access Group vs Sallie Mae
« on: June 25, 2007, 11:29:55 AM »
Which one seems better to you guys and why? My school will do both although Sallie Mae is 'preferred', but I like access group.


Re: Access Group vs Sallie Mae
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2007, 11:36:51 AM »
Sorry to go a bit OT, but do not listen to your school.  It seems like FA advisors have turned into the finance guys at used car lots and are only looking to get what is best for them and the school as opposed to what is best for the student.

I've bought and sold a few cars and houses, and as far as lenders go I've learned it just doesn't matter.  I am by no means an FA expert, but don't stress over the lender, stress over the terms.  Do what's going to be most comfortable for you.

Re: Access Group vs Sallie Mae
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2007, 12:10:25 PM »
Agreed, do not let your school's financial aid department push you around.  The school has to allow you to get your loans through either their recommended lenders or one of your choice.  So, for example, if your bank offers student loans, you could go through them if you wanted to.  It's usually a bit easier to go with one of the recommended lenders because the school automatically approves the paperwork for the loan company (saves you a step) but if you don't mind doing a little extra legwork, you can go with whatever lender you'd like.

I've never heard of anyone having a good experience with Sallie Mae.  Unfortunately, a lot of people who initiate their loans through other lenders end up with SM anyway because their loans get bought, but I stayed far away from SM for my law school loans and hopefully my lender won't sell me out.  Just my two cents.  I don't know that much about Access Group.