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SoFi Partners With Fannie Mae to Reduce Student Debt

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Nov 03, 2016
SoFi has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary SoFi Lending Corp. has been approved as a seller and servicer with Fannie Mae

SoFi and Fannie Mae have announced a new loan option that enables homeowners to pay down student debt using the equity in their homes.

With SoFi's new offering, the Student Loan Payoff ReFi, homeowners will have the ability to refinance mortgages at a lower rate and pay down the balance of an existing student loan. With its cash-out refinance student loan payoff plan, SoFi will pay down the student loan by disbursing payment directly to the servicer of the student debt. SoFi is a Fannie Mae approved seller/servicer.

This loan option, available through SoFi, is designed to help homeowners that manage their own student debt or those who have co-signed loans, which often includes parents. An estimated 8.5 million households in the U.S. could potentially pay down or completely pay off their student debt obligations with this new option.

"People can pay off student loan debt and are left with one loan at the low rates that mortgage borrowers are enjoying in today's market," said Michael Tannenbaum, senior vice president of Mortgage at SoFi.

"The nation is seeing record-low mortgage rates and our partnership with SoFi is just one way that Fannie Mae is able to support current and future homeowners that have student debt," said Jonathan Lawless, vice president for Product Development and Affordable Housing at Fannie Mae.

The Student Loan Payoff ReFi actively addresses a growing burden that impacts a wide range of households. According to Experian data, the average homeowner with outstanding cosigned student loans has a balance of $36,000 on those student loans, and those with outstanding Parent PLUS loans have $33,000 in student debt. Nearly 90 percent of private student loans made to undergraduates require a creditworthy cosigner, according to data compiled by Sallie Mae, and Private Parent PLUS loans carry a higher rate than the borrowing costs of most mortgages.

"Fannie Mae and SoFi are leaders in housing and student finance," said Tannenbaum. "This option gives us an opportunity to both promote homeownership and relieve part of the country's student debt burden."

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