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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the SELF Refi interest rates?

SELF Refi Current Rates
  5-year 10-year 15-year
Fixed Interest Rate 6.00% 6.50% 7.00%
Variable Interest Rate * 7.80% 8.55% 9.05%

*As of 04/01/2024. Subject to change quarterly.
View a chart of historic SELF Refi Loan variable interest rates.

 

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What types of student loans can I refinance?

  • Federal loans you took out as a student borrower.
  • Private loans you took out as a student borrower that meet the definition of a qualified student loan.

 

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What are the eligibility criteria for borrowers?

A borrower must:

  • be a Minnesota resident.
  • have earned a certificate, diploma, associate, bachelor or graduate degree.
  • be employed with the same employer for at least 60 days or their spouse is the Cosigner and qualification is based on household income and expenses.
  • have no delinquencies on his or her credit report.
  • have no unpaid charge offs, liens or judgments totaling $300 or more.
  • Criteria to qualify without a cosigner: Minimum FICO* score of 700 and a maximum debt-to-income ratio of 45%
  • Criteria to qualify with a cosigner:
    Minimum FICO* score of 700, and a maximum debt-to-income ratio of 60%
    Minimum FICO* score of 650 and less than 700, and a maximum debt-to-income ratio of 50%
  • Criteria to qualify with a spouse as the cosigner and use family/household income and expenses
    • Borrower minimum FICO* score of 650
    • Cosigner minimum FICO* score of 700
    • Maximum combined debt-to-income ratio of 60%

* TransUnion's FICO® Classic 04

Colorado and Maine Residents: We are unable to provide SELF Refi Loans to Colorado and Maine residents due to statute requirements in those states. 

 

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Does my credit score determine my interest rate?

No, we use your credit score to determine whether you qualify for a SELF Refi Loan or if you need a cosigner.

 

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Do I need a cosigner?

You can qualify on your own if you

  • are a US citizen or permanent resident,
  • have a minimum FICO* score of 700, and
  • have a maximum debt-to-income ratio of 45%.

* TransUnion's FICO® Classic 04

 

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Why would I want to refinance?

Reasons you might want to refinance:

  • pay less in interest
  • reduce your monthly payment
  • switch between a fixed and variable interest rate
  • release your cosigner

 

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Who do I contact if I have a question or problem with my SELF Refi Loan?

MN Office of Higher Education

Phone: 651-642-0567

Email: selfloan.ohe@state.mn.us

Mailing Address:
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St Paul, MN 55108-5227

 

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