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Variable rates:

2.90% APR

to 11.56% APR

Fixed rates:

5.75% APR

to 12.68% APR

Lowest rate shown includes the auto debit discount. Only the most credit-worthy applicants may receive the lowest rate.

Get the money you need for bar study-related expenses that are not covered by federal student loan programs, such as bar exam course fees and deposits.

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Select a variable or fixed interest rate

Variable rates: 2.90% - 11.56% APR

Your variable interest rate can rise or fall as the market index changes, so your Bar Study Loan payments may vary over time.

Fixed rates: 5.75% – 12.68% APR

Get predictable monthly payments with a rate that doesn’t change over time.

More about fixed rates VLess about fixed rates ^

You may pay more for your total loan cost because a fixed interest rate is usually higher than a starting variable interest rate.

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Deferred repayment

Make no scheduled payments while you’re in school at least half-time and in grace (nine months after leaving school).

In school & in grace In repayment No Payments  Principal & interest 

Benefit from these Bar Study Loan features

Take control of your funds; the funds are sent directly to you.

Lower your total loan cost—get a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction when you enroll in and make monthly payments by auto debit.

Pay no origination fee or penalty for paying off your loan before its due date.

Borrow from $1,000 up to $15,000.

Track your credit health with quarterly FICO® Credit Scores, available online for free to you and your cosigner.

Get the money you need

Consider adding a cosigner

Nearly half of Bar Study Loan applicants who apply without a cosigner are approved, however, consider adding a cosigner if you think you might need help getting approved.

Why add a cosigner

You can apply for cosigner release

You can apply to release your cosigner from the loan after you graduate, make 12 on-time principal and interest payments, and meet certain credit requirements.

Find out about cosigner release

If you need money for law school

A Sallie Mae® Law School Loan can help you get the money you need to continue your education. Choose a fixed or variable rate type and a repayment option that works best for you.

Learn about the Law School Loan

Applying is easy


Provide some basic info

Give some details about yourself and your school.


Choose the number of disbursements

During the application process you can decide whether you want to receive funds in one disbursement or two.


Choose a delivery date for your funds

You can decide which date in the future you would like us to send you the funds.

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We encourage students and families to start with savings, grants, scholarships, and federal student loans to pay for college. Students and families should evaluate all anticipated monthly loan payments, and how much the student expects to earn in the future, before considering a private student loan.

Bar Study Loans are intended to cover expenses not included in your school's cost of attendance.

This loan is for students who are enrolled at least half-time in their final year of study at a participating ABA-accredited law school, or have graduated from one within the last 12 months. Students should be sitting for the bar exam no later than 12 months after graduation. Students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents must reside in the U.S., apply with a creditworthy cosigner (who must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident) and provide an unexpired government-issued photo ID to verify their identity. Applications are subject to a requested minimum loan amount of $1,000. Current credit and other eligibility criteria apply.

Interest is charged starting when the funds are sent to you. Once principal and interest repayment begins, any Unpaid Interest will be added to Current Principal, increasing the Total Loan Cost. Variable rates may increase over the life of the loan. Advertised variable rates reflect the starting range of rates and may vary outside of that range over the life of the loan. Advertised APRs assume a $15,000 loan disbursed at the time of the student's graduation from school.

Requests must be received in writing. Interest Only payments will not extend the loan term, but they will increase the Total Loan Cost. Plus, monthly payments following the Interest Only ones will be higher than they would have been otherwise.

The borrower or cosigner must enroll in auto debit through Sallie Mae to receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction benefit. This benefit applies only during active repayment for as long as the Current Amount Due or Designated Amount is successfully withdrawn from the authorized bank account each month. It may be suspended during forbearance or deferment, if available for the loan.

Although we do not charge a penalty or fee if you prepay your loan, any prepayment will be applied as outlined in your promissory note—first to Unpaid Fees and costs, then to Unpaid Interest, and then to Current Principal.

Borrowers and cosigners with an available FICO® Score and a Sallie Mae-serviced loan with a current balance greater than $0, may receive their score quarterly after the first disbursement of their loan. The FICO® Score provided to you is the FICO® Score 8 based on TransUnion data. FICO® Scores and associated educational content are provided solely for your own non-commercial personal review, use and benefit. This benefit may change or end in the future. FICO® is a registered trademark of the Fair Isaac Corporation in the United States and other countries.

48% of Bar Study Loan applicants who apply without a cosigner are approved on their own based on a rolling 12-month period from May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021.

Only the borrower may apply for cosigner release. Borrowers who meet the age of majority in their state may apply for cosigner release by providing proof of graduation (or completion of certification program), income, and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (if your status has changed since you applied). In the last 12 months, the borrower must be current on all Sallie Mae-serviced loans (including no hardship forbearances or modified repayment programs) and have paid ahead or made 12 on-time principal and interest payments on each loan requested for release. When the cosigner release application is processed, the borrower must demonstrate the ability to assume full responsibility of the loan(s) individually and pass a credit review that demonstrates a satisfactory credit history including but not limited to no: bankruptcy, foreclosure, student loan(s) in default, or 90-day delinquencies in the last 24 months. Requirements are subject to change.

Sallie Mae loans are made by Sallie Mae Bank.

Information advertised valid as of 11/06/2021.