Frequently asked questions about 

CommonBond

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Eligibility

Loan terms

Hybrid Loan

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Application

Repayment

General questions

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Social Promise

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Eligibility

Who can apply for a CommonBond Dental Loan?

You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and you must be enrolled at least half-time at one of the schools in our network.

Is a cosigner required?

A cosigner is not required for the CommonBond Dental Loan, as long as you meet our underwriting criteria.

What programs meet the eligibility requirements for a CommonBond Dental loan?

CommonBond lends to DMD or DDS students attending any of the 66 dental schools in the US. Students studying in a recognized dental specialty at these schools are eligible to borrow as well.

Is the CommonBond program certified at my school?

Yes, the loans are certified by each of the schools in our network. We’re not endorsed by or affiliated with any educational  institutions.

What if I’ve already applied for a federal loan for this year? Can I switch to CommonBond?

The federal government allows you to cancel your loan up to 120  days after disbursement without penalty, and without paying accrued interest. So, if you have a past disbursement that's within 120 days (or have a future  planned disbursement), you can replace those with a CommonBond loan.

Loan terms

Why should I consider borrowing with CommonBond?

CommonBond's dental loan will save dental students money compared to a Federal Grad PLUS loan. Every rate CommonBond offers dental students is lower than the one rate offered by the Federal Grad PLUS (7.08%) and CommonBond's loan comes with a lower fee (2% vs. 4.25% for the Federal  Grad PLUS).

How much am I allowed to borrow?

You can borrow up to 100% of your school's published cost of attendance (COA) minus any scholarships and other forms of assistance such  as grants, fellowships, and other financial aid. The lifetime borrowing limit  is $500,000.

Are there any fees or penalties?

There’s a 2% origination fee, but there are no other application fees or prepayment penalties of any kind. This origination fee is subject to state specific regulations. While origination fees are important, you should also be comparing APRs. APR stands for Annual Percentage Rate, which includes origination fees, and is the interest rate that you’ll pay on your student loan. The APR is the all-inclusive number that matters most. CommonBond charges a late fee of 5.00% of the unpaid amount of the payment due or $10.00, whichever is less, and a return check fee of $5.00, subject to state law restrictions.

What are your interest rates?

We offer both fixed and variable rate terms. Everyone who is  approved will receive a rate in our listed rate range. Click here to see our current rates.

What is APR?

APR stands for Annual Percentage Rate. The APR considers your interest rate, fees, and expected deferment period. APR allows you to compare rates for different loan products on an apples-to-apples basis, which can be helpful if you are comparing loans that have different fee structures.

What's the difference between a fixed-rate and a variable-rate loan?

An interest rate is "fixed" if it remains unchanged over time, while a "variable" interest rate can fluctuate over time. Our variable rate loans adjust every month based on 1-month LIBOR, which is a market benchmark for interest rates.

Where do you send the funds? How does disbursement work?

Once you make a final decision, we’ll send funds directly to your school. They’ll take what they need for tuition and fees, then refund the rest to you if you borrowed for additional expenses. The exact timing depends on your school’s billing cycle.

What's the maximum I can borrow?

Your school will set your maximum borrow amount based on their published cost of attendance minus scholarships and other forms of assistance such as grants, fellowships, and financial aid. This total cost of attendance is sometimes referred to as your "financial need.” Our maximum loan amount per academic year is $110,000.

Hybrid loan

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Prodigy finance

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Application

What’s the application process like?

Applying for a CommonBond Dental Loan is easy.

1. Fill out our online application - you can see your rate in minutes!

2. Once approved, select a loan product and e-sign your loan disclosures.

3. We’ll confirm your enrollment and loan amount. (This can take anywhere from five days to three weeks, depending on your school and the time of year).

4. Once your school certifies the loan, we’ll notify you by email and disburse the funds directly to your school.

Is there a hard credit pull?

Yes, we do need to perform a hard pull to fully review your credit profile and determine which rate we can offer you. This "hard" inquiry will show up on your credit report.

How is my credit score affected?

Dental student loans look and act like any other loan on your credit report. When shopping around for student loans, it’s best to do so in a shorter period of time. For example, if you do so within 30 days, there should be less impact on your credit score than if you did so beyond 30 days.

Do I need to fill out a FAFSA or will I need to provide other forms?

We don’t require that you complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You just need to fill out our online application to get started. However, we encourage you to check in with your financial aid office as they may have forms you need to complete with them.

Once I start my application and confirm my rate, do I have to take out a loan with CommonBond?

While we hope you will choose us, you can still decide whether or not to  borrow from us after you complete your hard credit inquiry. You’re not  obligated to take out a student loan with us until the final paperwork where  you accept or reject.

How do I enroll in autopay to receive the 0.25% rate discount?

You can enroll in autopay during the loan application process! Once you sign your final documents you can fill out the autopay form and start receiving the .25% rate discount on your next payment.

Can I change the amount of funding I have requested?

Yes, you sure can. Reach out to our Care Team, and we’ll walk  you through your specific request.

Where do you send the funds? How do they get to me?

Once you are approved, all funds will be sent directly to your  school. You will receive any funds above the cost of tuition and fees  directly from your school. The timing is determined by your school’s billing  cycle.

Repayment

What are the different in-school payment options?

CommonBond offers the following repayment options:

- Full deferment: Borrowers can defer their payments while enrolled in school plus a six-month grace period. You can always choose to make one-time payments while in deferment.

- Fixed monthly payment of $100 per month: Borrowers may choose to make a fixed payment of $100 per month while enrolled in their education program and during the six-month grace period.

-Full and immediate principal and interest payment plan: Borrowers can pay the full principal and interest payment monthly while in school. Borrowers who choose this option cannot later choose to defer payments while in residency.

What are the repayment terms?

CommonBond offers repayment terms of 10, 15 and 20 years, both fixed and variable rates.

Are there any prepayment penalties?

Nope! You can make extra payments or pay more than your minimum payment any time you like!

Can I defer payments while in residency?

Yes, if borrowers choose, the loan may be fully deferred while enrolled in a research, academic, or residency program.

Are any discounts offered?

Yes!  There is a 0.25% discount for enrolling in autopay. Please keep in mind that you can only be in autopay during repayment.

Do you have a grace period?

Yes, there is a 6-month grace period after graduation.

Do you offer forbearance?

We do! Under certain circumstances, including economic hardship, you can apply to defer your payments through our forbearance program. This allows you to put your payments on pause for 3 months at a time up to 12 months over the life of the loan. For more information on our forbearance eligibility requirements, please reach out to the Care Team at care@commonbond.co or (800) 975-7812.

Do you offer death & disability forgiveness?

Yes, we do. In the event of death or total & permanent  disability, your CommonBond loan will be cancelled and will not be passed on to anyone else.