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The only fixed rate student loans available are federal loans, and even those can change based on federal law. However, if you want to lock in your interest rate, you can do so after you finish school. There’s a whole host of evidence to show that those who have a degree not only earn more, on average, over a lifetime, than those who don’t, but they also earn it faster and find it easier to get a job.

Federal Stafford loans have the same basic standards whether they come from the Department of Education directly or through a bank, credit union, or other private lender. The maximum fixed interest rate is 6.8%, and you can defer payment until you finish school or drop under half time enrollment. Government subsidized Stafford loans are granted based on need; in this case the government pays the interest on your loan while you study. If your loan is not subsidized, if you defer payment until after finishing school the interest is capitalized.

Chase offers a competitive rate on federal loans compared to the Department of Education, cutting .1% off the normal fixed interest rate. This gives Stafford loans an interest rate of 6.7% compared to 6.8%, and PLUS loans have an interest rate of 8.4% compared to 8.5%. Chase offers full assistance in receiving federal loans and helps you with all the necessary paperwork without charging origination or default fees on their loans.

Any other expenses can be paid for with private student loans. With Chase Select loans, you can borrow as little as $500, if you need only a small amount to make up the difference in your cost of attendance and what your other loans and student aid cover, or as much as $40,000 if you need it.

The Chase Health Education Program is specifically designed for people studying to become professionals in the health industry. This is a long and expensive process, and Chase offers a group of loans targeted toward making this possible, from medical school to residency.

Parents and graduate students can apply for PLUS loans, which do come with credit requirements but an eligible cosigner can be used. These loans cover education costs that are not covered by Stafford loans, which do not have a credit requirement, and any available student aid. Chase also offers federal consolidation loans; private and federal loans can be consolidated together.

You can consult Chase and have your questions answered by phone or online, whichever is more convenient for you. Chase Bank student loans offer private loans and federal loans at lowered interest rates.