PenFed Credit Union partners with Sallie Mae to help members effectively plan and pay for college

Partnership will offer PenFed members free college planning tools and a variety of financing options to responsibly pay for college and graduate school

SAN ANTONIO, VA (August 9, 2018) — PenFed Credit Union, the nation’s second-largest federal credit union, today announced a new partnership with Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company, to offer free college planning tools and a full suite of financing options to help PenFed members responsibly pay for college.

“PenFed is committed to helping our members realize their dreams of attending college by assisting them with their financial needs,” said Shashi Vohra, PenFed senior executive vice president and president of affiliated businesses. “Partnering with Sallie Mae, we are pleased to expand our student loan portfolio and provide many new financing options and more free college planning tools to our members.”

Through the partnership, PenFed members will now have access to in-school financing through a full suite of competitively-priced options to pay for undergraduate and graduate school. Sallie Mae’s private student loans offer competitive fixed and variable rates with no origination fees or prepayment penalties.

“We directly address one of our members’ biggest concerns:  how to pay for the expense of higher education,” said Vohra. “Our focus is to continue adding value for our members.”

The new partnership launched today includes PenFed Scholarship Search, an easy-to-use tool with access to 3 million scholarships worth more than $18 billion. Members can register (free of charge), fill out a brief profile, and receive matches that identify relevant scholarships and their award amounts, application requirements, and deadlines.

“Sallie Mae’s mission to help students and families responsibly save, plan, and pay for college is very much aligned with PenFed’s goal of providing its members responsible, and cost effective products and services,” said Kelly Christiano, senior vice president, Sallie Mae. “Our suite of  private student loans will help them do just that, offering members well-priced, competitive, and flexible private student loans  to bridge any financing gap for college or graduate school.”

The partnership builds on PenFed’s student loan options that include a student loan refinancing program allowing borrowers to consolidate loans after college and save through customized repayment terms and low interest rates. Additonally, PenFed’s Collegiate Funding Solutions planning tool helps members save on the cost of college education by taking the guesswork out of developing a financing strategy and reducing out-of-pocket costs while in-school.

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About PenFed Credit Union

Established in 1935, Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) is America's second-largest federal credit union, serving 2.9 million members worldwide with over $34.6 billion in assets. PenFed Credit Union offers market-leading certificates, checking, credit cards, personal loans, mortgages, auto loans, student loans, and a wide range of other financial services with members' interests always in mind. PenFed Credit Union is federally insured by the NCUA and is an Equal Housing Lender. To learn more about PenFed Credit Union, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us @PenFed on X. Interested in working for PenFed? Check us out on LinkedIn. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

About Sallie Mae

Sallie Mae (Nasdaq: SLM) is the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company. Whether college is a long way off or just around the corner, Sallie Mae offers products that promote responsible personal finance, including private education loans, free scholarship search tools, free college financial planning tools, and online retail banking. Learn more at Commonly known as Sallie Mae, SLM Corporation and its subsidiaries are not sponsored by or agencies of the United States of America.


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