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SoFi vs College Ave Student Loan Refinancing Comparison

SoFi and College Ave have similar interest rates, but SoFi gets the edge for most borrowers.

Written By: Michael P. Lux, Esq.

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SoFi is probably the best-known student loan refinancing company due to its size and ubiquitous advertising.

College Ave is starting to generate a lot of attention and offers a student loan refinance service that is definitely worth considering.

Today we will look at how these lenders stack up and the key differences between the two services.

The Basics: SoFi vs. College Ave

SoFi and College Ave both offer pretty competitive interest rates. Variable-rate loans currently start at 6.24% with SoFi and 6.99% with College Ave.  On the fixed-rate loan side of things, SoFi starts at 5.24% and College Ave starts at 6.99%. As loan length gets progressively longer, SoFi takes the lead in the interest rate comparison.

As far as repayment length, the companies have some key differences. SoFi has repayment lengths of 5, 7, 10, 15 and 20 years. College Ave recently added a 20-year repayment plan, and they are now advertising a total of 16 different loan terms between 5 and 20 years.

Additionally, College Ave will allow for interest-only payments for the first two years of a new loan. College Ave probably has more flexibility, but for the average borrower, we don’t necessarily see a particular advantage to the many options.

Digging Deeper: SoFi and College Ave Differences

If you look out our student loan consolidation rankings, right now SoFi checks in at 3rd place while College Ave is in 9th place.

The interest rate and repayment differences only partially explain the differences in the rankings for these two companies.

SoFi gets a boost in our rankings because they actually have a career services department dedicated to helping SoFi borrowers who are underemployed or unemployed. The calculation here seems to be that SoFi thinks they will be better off financially if they help their borrowers get a good job instead of spending money on debt collection. We see this consumer-friendly approach as a big plus.

Bottom Line

There are a few reasons that SoFi gets an edge over College Ave in this comparison.  However, the true test for most consumers will be the interest rates.  Because the rate ranges of these two companies overlap, it is entirely possible that College Ave offers a rate better than SoFi.  It is for this reason that both companies should be considered.  In fact, the more student loan consolidation companies you apply to, the better you can feel about the rate that you eventually find.  A full list of the major lenders is available here.

About the Author

Student loan expert Michael Lux is a licensed attorney and the founder of The Student Loan Sherpa. He has helped borrowers navigate life with student debt since 2013.

Insight from Michael has been featured in US News & World Report, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other online and print publications.

Michael is available for speaking engagements and to respond to press inquiries.

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