All else being equal, discounts which require a shorter delay until the borrower qualifies are better than those which require a longer delay.
—Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of FinAid.org
Suppose a lender offers you a student loan with a future interest rate cut of 2%. The lender promises that if you make your payments on time for 48 months, it will slash your rate by two percentage points. What a deal.
Or is it?
Lenders like to tantalize students with rate cuts to capture their business, but too many of these discounts end up being worth less than a Snickers bar.
Lending institutions originally trotted out student loan discounts to make their deals look better than the plain vanilla direct loans that come straight from ...