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Smart Option Student Loan for Undergraduate Students

For bachelor's and associate's degrees or a certificate at a degree-granting school.

Parent Loan

For parents or other creditworthy individuals who want to take responsibility for financing their student's undergraduate, graduate, or certificate education at a degree-granting school.

Graduate Loan Suite

Pay for your school and associated expenses as you pursue your master's or doctoral degree.

Wherever you are in your higher education, get the money you need for school. Student loans from Mercantile Bank and Sallie Mae® could help!

Sallie Mae® higher education loans are designed for the needs of undergraduates, graduate students, and parents.

  • Competitive interest rates
  • Multiple repayment options
  • No origination fees; no prepayment penalty*
 

Find out which loan is right for you

 

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Borrow responsibly

We encourage students and families to start with savings, grants, scholarships, and federal student loans to pay for college. Students and families should evaluate all anticipated monthly loan payments, and how much the student expects to earn in the future, before considering a private student loan.

These loans are made by Sallie Mae Bank or a lender partner. Mercantile Bank is not the creditor for these loans and is compensated by Sallie Mae for the referral of loan customers.

Smart Option Student Loan and graduate loan products: This information is for students attending 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. Borrowers must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents if the school is located outside of the United States. Non-U.S. citizen borrowers who reside in the U.S. are eligible with a creditworthy cosigner (who must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident) and are required to provide an unexpired government-issued photo ID to verify identity. Applications are subject to a requested minimum loan amount of $1,000. Current credit and other eligibility criteria apply.

Parent Loan: This loan must be used to pay for eligible student expenses at participating degree-granting schools. The student cannot be a borrower or cosigner and is not responsible for repaying the loan. The borrower, cosigner, and student must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. If the school issues a refund directly to the student, the borrower and cosigner (if applicable) are still responsible for repaying that amount. Applications are subject to a requested minimum loan amount of $1,000. Current credit and other eligibility criteria apply.

*Although we do not charge a penalty or fee if you prepay your loan, any prepayment will be applied as outlined in your promissory note—first to Unpaid Fees and costs, then to Unpaid Interest, and then to Current Principal.

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