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Refinancing with a State Education Lender

Some borrowers can lower their interest payments and simplify their finances by refinancing their federal and private student loans with a state education lender. State agencies and state chartered non-profit corporations have a funding advantage that enables them to make loans with lower interest rates than commercial lenders.

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