Student Loans

NEA® Parent Loan by Sallie Mae®

Give the gift of education by helping a student you care for pay for their degree

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Features that can help you make college happen

Federal loans, grants and financial aid packages don’t always cover all of the costs of higher education. The NEA® Parent Loan by Sallie Mae can help a student you care about bridge the gap or pay for essentials such as lab fees and dining plans so they can focus on learning—with less financial stress.

  • Competitive variable and fixed interest rates
  • Borrow up to 100% of school-certified costs, such as tuition, fees and books*
  • NEA members are eligible for an exclusive 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction after 12 consecutive on-time repayments*
  • Not only for parents—grandparents, family friends or any credit-worthy individual can apply

How It Helps

Help a student manage the cost of higher education

Interest rate reductions

Along with competitive rates, get an exclusive NEA member 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction after making 12 consecutive on-time payments.* Get an additional 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction when you begin repayment while enrolled in school and pay via automatic debit.* There are no hidden origination fees or penalties for prepayment.*

Easy to use

Any student you choose can use this loan and they don’t have to be related to you. Help pay for school-certified expenses related to an undergraduate, graduate or certificate education at a degree granting school.* Sallie Mae disburses funds directly to the institution.

Choice of repayment options

Choose budget flexibility while your student is in school by making interest-only payments each month (up to 48 months) or making monthly principal and interest payments.

Quick application

Apply online and get a credit result in as little as 15 minutes.

Learn the 1-2-3 Approach to Paying for College

Watch a brief overview of the different programs you can use to help fund the cost of a college education.

How It Works

Find the loan that's right for you

Learn about paying for college

Sallie Mae has developed many resources to help you plan for and manage college costs. Arm yourself with information before applying for a loan.

Scholarship Search Tool
Countdown to College Planning Calendar (PDF)

How America Pays for College (PDF guide)
How America Saves for College (PDF guide)

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student?

When you’re ready to apply for your loan:

  1. Make sure you’re logged in to your NEA Member Benefits account, then click “Learn More and Apply” above, or call the number under the button to apply by phone.
  2. Click “Get Started” on the Sallie Mae website to open the online application.
  3. Find the loan that’s right for you and click on “Apply for this Loan.”
  4. Complete the application—it only takes about 15 minutes!

Help finance life’s bigger expenses

Terms & Conditions

* For more important information on the rate, fees and other conditions of this program, please see the Terms and Conditions.

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NEA’s Member Benefits Corporation receives compensation from Sallie Mae for this program. NEA’s Member Benefits Corporation does not receive any dues dollars from NEA to support Member Benefits programs.