That's because the bank prohibits consolidation of federal student loans with the Wells Fargo Private Consolidation Loan, which is bizarre and atypical of most lenders.This limitation can prevent borrowers from taking full advantage of refinancing.Wells Fargo features a fully deferred repayment plan for undergraduate and graduate borrowers that requires no payments until six months after you leave school.
Federal loans offer income-based repayment plans, which allow your monthly payments to fluctuate with your paycheck; a feature that hasn't been offered by any private lender we've reviewed.
However, Discover has the higher range of APRs, meaning it will be the more expensive of the two for many borrowers.
Finally, while Wells Fargo's relationship discounts come with strings attached—requiring customers to open a checking account or loan—Discover rewards borrowers with cash for good grades, and student borrowers who maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher can obtain a 1% cash reward for each Discover loan they take out.
As of spring 2018, 83% of Wells Fargo's outstanding student loans were co-signed. However, borrowers willing to open a Wells Fargo checking account or take out multiple loans through the lender can qualify for relationship discounts, which improve your interest rate.
Borrowers who want the greatest repayment flexibility should consider Sallie Mae, as the lender offers no less than three in-school repayment plans for undergraduate borrowers, including fixed, fully deferred and interest-only repayments for student borrowers.