Student Loan Program

Help your Members Pay for College –
Loans for Undergraduates, Graduate Students and Parents

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Catalyst Corporate provides credit unions with a private student loan referral program through its partnership with Sallie Mae®. A suite of education loans – created specifically for the needs of undergraduate and graduate students and their parents – can help your credit union retain and grow member relationships as a complement to student checking, debit cards, online banking, auto loans and your complete suite of financial products.

Benefits to your Credit Union:

The Sallie Mae suite of loans expands your credit union’s product line at no cost:
  • Offers high-value products that can attract and help retain valuable members
  • Generates fee income per originated loan without any upfront investment from your credit union

Benefits to your Members:

  • Makes money available that students need for college. After maximizing scholarships and federal loans, they can borrow up to 100 percent of the school-certified expenses like tuition, fees, books, housing, meals, travel, and even a laptop.1
  • Offers the choice of competitive fixed or variable interest rates.
  • The undergraduate and graduate loans let members choose from three simple repayment options,2 including making monthly interest payments while in school, paying a fixed amount each month while in school, or deferring payments until after they leave school. Not only can the in-school repayment options reduce the total cost of the loan, they may also help a borrower build credit. 
  • Allows members to earn a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction when they enroll in and make monthly payments by auto debit.3
  • Easy and fast online application. Members can also manage their loans online, 24/7.
  • Four months of free Chegg Study® with our Undergraduate and Parent loans.4
  • Assists your members, when needed, with Sallie Mae’s dedicated customer service and technical assistance centers.  
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Student Loan Resources:

Credit unions partnering with Sallie Mae through Catalyst Corporate have online access to a full complement of marketing resources. A small sampling is available below:

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Undergraduate and graduate loans: These loans are for students at participating degree-granting schools. Smart Option Student Loan information is for undergraduates only. Graduate Certificate/Continuing Education coursework is not eligible for MBA, Medical, Dental, and Law School Loans. Students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents must reside in the U.S., attend a participating school in the U.S., apply with a creditworthy cosigner (who must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident) and provide an unexpired government-issued photo ID to verify their identity. Applications are subject to a requested minimum loan amount of $1,000. Current credit and other eligibility criteria apply.

1 Loan amount cannot exceed the cost of attendance less financial aid received, as certified by the school. Sallie Mae reserves the right to approve a lower loan amount than the school-certified amount. Miscellaneous personal expenses (such as a laptop) may be included in the cost of attendance for students enrolled at least half-time.

2  Interest is charged starting when money is sent to the school. With the Fixed and Deferred Repayment Options, the interest rate is higher than with the Interest Repayment Option and Unpaid Interest is added to the loan’s Current Principal at the end of the grace/separation period. Payments may be required during the grace/separation period depending on the repayment option selected. Variable rates may increase over the life of the loan.

3 The borrower or cosigner must enroll in auto debit through Sallie Mae to receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction benefit. This benefit applies only during active repayment for as long as the Current Amount Due or Designated Amount is successfully withdrawn from the authorized bank account each month. It may be suspended during forbearance or deferment, if available for the loan.

4 This promotional benefit is provided at no cost to borrowers with undergraduate, graduate, or parent loans with a first disbursement between May 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022. Borrowers are not eligible to activate the benefit until July 1, 2021. Borrowers who reside in, attend school in, or borrow for a student attending school in Maine are not eligible for this benefit. Chegg Study® offers expert Q&A where students can submit up to 20 questions per month. No cash value. Terms and Conditions apply. Please visit for complete details. This offer expires one year after issuance.


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Information advertised valid as of 11/10/2021.

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