Loans – U.S. News Expands Best loan Companies Ratings With Student Lender Category | Press Room
Washington, D.C. – U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today announced the addition of a third major category to its Best loan Companies Ratings: Best Student Lenders.
Launched in August 2020, Best loan Companies Ratings is a five-star system to help consumers compare more than 70 lenders as they seek to conserve cash when buying a home, paying for emergency expenses or consolidating debt. In addition to Best Student Lenders, U.S. News rates the best loan companies semiannually in two other major loan categories, Best Mortgage Lenders and Best Personal Loans. The ratings appear on U.S. News lender profiles and are accompanied by relevant information about each lender, such as minimum credit score requirements.
“When federal student loans aren’t enough to cover all your college expenses, private loans can be one way to help fill the gap,” said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “U.S. News’ Best Student Lender ratings are helpful tools to take the guesswork out of an already overwhelming process by narrowing down your options to find a lender that’s right for you.”
U.S. News scored lenders in three categories – affordability, customer service and eligibility – based on several factors, and then assigned ratings based on a weighted, cumulative overall score. Factors for Best Student Lenders include fixed APR, variable APR, customer service, online services, loan amount, credit score requirement, maximum loan term and product availability. For further details on how the ratings were calculated – including factors that determine the Best Mortgage Lenders and Best Personal Loans – see the methodology.
U.S. News’ College loan Center also has tips and tools to help consumers navigate through financial aid, student loans and overall financial planning.
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