Applicants may have the choice of a fixed or variable interest rate loan.
Interest rates for private student loans are credit based. Therefore, the interest rate is not the same for every borrower. Our lowest rates are only available to applicants with the best credit. The APR will be determined after an application is submitted. It will be based on credit history, the selected repayment option and other factors, including a cosigner’s credit history (if applicable). If a student does not have an established credit history, the student may find it difficult to qualify for a private student loan on their own or receive the lowest advertised rate.
Application submission time period
|Prior to June 1, 2014||Prime|
|June 1, 2014 - November 13, 2021||3-Month LIBOR|
|On or after November 14, 2021||3-Month CME Term SOFR|
Please note, if you have multiple variable rate private student loans originated from Discover, your interest rate may be based on different rate indexes.
The variable rate for student loan applications received on or after November 14, 2021 is based on the 3-Month CME Term SOFR index. 3-Month CME Term SOFR (Secured Overnight Financing Rate) is a rate index based on what the market expects rates to be over the next three-month time period. You can find more information on 3-Month CME Term SOFR at CME Group.
CME Term SOFR is different from Overnight SOFR and associated SOFR Averages, which are based on historical performance of Overnight SOFR. More information is available at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Discover Student Loans may adjust the variable interest rate quarterly on each January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 (each an “interest rate change date”), based on the 3-Month CME Term SOFR rate available for the day that is 15 days prior to the interest rate change date, rounded up to the nearest one-eighth of one percent (0.125% or 0.00125), or 0%, whichever is greater. If the 3-Month CME Term SOFR rate is less than zero percent, then the index will be deemed to be zero percent (as stated in the promissory note) for purposes of calculating your interest rate.
Rates are rounded up to the nearest one-eighth of one percent (0.125% or 0.00125), or 0%, whichever is greater. 3-Month CME Term SOFR index is used for loan applications received on or after November 14, 2021.
3-Month CME Term SOFR
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|Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2022||3.50%||Sep 16, 2022|
|Jul 1 - Sep 30, 2022||2.00%||Jun 16, 2022|
|Apr 1 - Jun 30, 2022||0.625%||Mar 17, 2022|
|Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2022||0.125%||Dec 17, 2021|
|Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2021||0.125%||Sep 16, 2021|
View information about 3-Month LIBOR value.