The right loan or investment tool can take your overall financial strategy to the next level.
For instance, refinancing student loans could help you save money with a lower interest rate. Or an investment account could be the perfect vehicle to hold and grow your vacation fund.
But what if you’re having trouble locating the best loan or financial tool for you? That’s where the Student Loan Hero Marketplace comes in. Our Marketplace is where we highlight the best tools, products, and opportunities for our readers — hand-picked by our team.
About the Student Loan Hero Marketplace
Through the Student Loan Hero Marketplace, you can find and compare a variety of financial products and services. What’s available in the Marketplace primarily falls into two categories.
The first focuses on loans, accounts, and financial products. These loans, accounts, and investment tools can take your money management to the next level so you can borrow smarter and save more:
- Student loan refinancing
- Private student loans
- Personal loans
- Credit cards
- Credit-building tools
- Bank accounts
The second category of products highlight tools and opportunities for income growth, as well as personal and career development:
Between these categories, you’re sure to find a new tool or strategy that can help you overcome a financial obstacle or maximize your money management.
How to use the Student Loan Hero Marketplace
Use the Marketplace to explore all the best options in one place and skip hours of comparison shopping or hunting down your own deals. You can do it in just a few easy steps.
1. Select your product.
Click “Products” from our site menu, then select the type of service or product you’re looking for. You’ll be taken to a page that features these products.
2. Learn about your options.
Our pages include information about each product and service. We also highlight the top companies in this space that offer great deals and a superior customer experience.
In each page, we’ve included the background and details you need to understand your options so you can make an informed decision (even if that means skipping that product altogether).
3. Compare products and lenders.
Each product page in our Marketplace includes a table that makes it fast and intuitive to compare different options. You can quickly size up different products and companies.
These tables are not pay-to-play, either — our partners can’t buy a higher ranking. The top picks are the ones we know are actually helping customers like you.
Compare costs, interest rates, and features to find those that match your needs. We continually update our Marketplace and refresh interest rates data so it’s always up to date.
Additionally, some of our product pages have their own features to help you better understand your options:
- Our personal loans filter show lenders that offer a specific feature you’re interested in. If you’re interested in lenders with certain credit score requirements or high loan maximums, this filter helps you quickly find them.
- Investing categories help you quickly navigate to the type of service or account you want: brokers, advisors, or money managers.
- Our mortgage tool is offered in partnership with Zillow and generates mortgage rate offers specific to your area, home value, income, and more — in seconds.
We also recommend using our various payment calculators to explore different financial outcomes and project which strategies or products are best for you.
4. Request a rate quote
Click through to the product or company to learn more or request a rate quote.
Most lenders we feature perform soft credit checks to give you an accurate rate estimate without affecting your credit score. We also clearly mark the few that actually perform hard credit checks for rate quotes.
You can then compare these quotes to see which lender will offer the best, real-world deal for you.
5. Pick your top choice and apply.
With rate quotes in hand, you’ll have all the facts before making your final choice and completing a full application.
If you’re approved, you will receive a loan agreement or other service agreement. Read it carefully to make sure you understand all parts of the agreement before signing.
How Student Loan Hero makes money through the Marketplace
Here at Student Loan Hero, we believe in transparency. That’s why we think it’s important for you to know how we potentially make money from the Marketplace.
Student Loan Hero has partnerships with some of the products and companies we feature in the Marketplace. We carefully vet partners we work with to ensure we only share beneficial and customer-centered products.
If our site users complete an application with one of these partners, we might receive a commission for referring that person.
However, we know that not every product or service will be right for every user. We share what we think are the best products, based on our review process. We walk through their product, just like a user would, to evaluate the quality of experience and ease of use. And we also compare rates, fees, and other terms.
But we will also point out potential downside or situations in which a product might not make sense. We strive to include the information you need to understand your options and make the best choice for you. Even if that means fewer commissions for us, we’re ok with that.
We’re focused on building strong relationships and respect with our users by putting them — not our revenue — first.
Check out the Student Loan Hero marketplace today
At Student Loan Hero, we strive to give you more than general, common-sense advice.
You might know that you should pay extra on your debt or start a side hustle. But you might be stuck wondering what that actually looks like and how to apply that advice in the real world.
The Marketplace is designed to close the gap between general advice and specific solutions. We aim to connect you with the products, services, and companies that can help you get closer to achieving your money goals.
Interested in refinancing student loans?Here are the top 6 lenders of 2018!
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|2.57% – 6.32%||Undergrad & Graduate||Visit Earnest|
|2.80% – 7.02%||Undergrad & Graduate||Visit Laurel Road|
|2.51% – 7.80%||Undergrad & Graduate||Visit SoFi|
|2.76% – 8.54%||Undergrad & Graduate||Visit Lendkey|
|2.57% – 6.65%||Undergrad & Graduate||Visit CommonBond|
|2.75% – 8.69%||Undergrad & Graduate||Visit Citizens Bank|