Credit unions and community banks have traditionally stood as direct competitors, vying for the attention of similar types of consumers. But in the private student lending market, a fierce face-off between the two is not expected, several experts say.
Billion-dollar Oregon Community in Eugene adding private education loans to its product menu.
After more than 75,000 people asked Sallie Mae to stop charging forbearance fees to unemployed college students via an online petition, the education-focused financial services company made a compromise.
Coming to the rescue of younger members looking for help meeting higher education costs presents an opportunity for credit unions to shine.
Members in or out of school can refinance outside, consolidate current loans.
UW Credit Union announced it has launched a fixed-rate private student loan for college students.
Greater financial education, a greater variety of loan products and different lending strategies have all been techniques credit unions have begun to use to help borrowers meet more stringent housing finance requirements, according to executives from credit unions and mortgage CUSOs.
One example of this trend is the 162,000-member, $1.41 million UW Credit Union, headquartered in Madison, Wis.
Private student loans account for just 0.2% of the U.S. credit union loan portfolios, according to Callahan & Associates, but student loan CUSOs and credit unions that offer student loans believe they’re a worthwhile addition to any CU’s product suite, citing potential relationships with young members as a major benefit.
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