MPOWER Financing Student Loans Review 2022

Terms for Refinance Loans
Fixed APR 8.45% APR
Loan Amounts  $2,001–$100,000 
Loan Terms  10 years 


Loan Eligibility and Approval

Unlike many private student loan companies, MPOWER Financing doesn’t require a credit score or history to approve your application. If you have a credit file in the U.S., Canada, or your home country, the lender will review it, but only to evaluate your payment history—your credit score won’t be factored into MPOWER’s decision.

With that said, MPOWER Financing loans are available to students at select schools in the U.S. (all 50 states and D.C.) and Canada. If you’re not attending an eligible school, you’ll need to find another lender. Check MPOWER’s list of supported schools to see if you’re eligible. 

Other eligibility requirements and limitations include:

  • You can get approved if you’re a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, DACA recipient, asylum seeker, refugee, or visa holder.
  • You must be a student—parent loans aren’t available.
  • You’ll need to maintain half-time enrollment at an eligible school.
  • You must be the age of majority in your state of residence. 
  • You need to be in your last two years of school or just starting a one- or two-year program.
  • MPOWER’s in-school loans are not available for Canadian residents studying in Canada. Additionally, Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not eligible for the lender’s refinance loans.

Are Co-Signers Required?

MPOWER Financing does not require a co-signer to get approved for a loan.

While co-signers aren’t required, students with a creditworthy co-signer could get better terms with a different lender. 

Is Loan Pre-Qualification Available?

MPOWER does offer loan pre-qualification, but not in the same way other private lenders do. Instead of a short pre-qualification application, MPOWER requires you to fill out a full application. If you’re pre-qualified based on the information you provide, then the lender will run a credit check in the U.S. or Canada and your home country, if applicable.

Length of Time for Loan Approval and Disbursement

For in-school loans, it takes roughly 30 minutes to fill out the application. After that, the timeline can vary depending on the student. The lender disburses funds directly to your school.

For refinance loans, it takes less than 30 minutes to complete your application. After reviewing it, MPOWER will send you an email with the next steps within two or three business days. At that point, you’ll undergo a credit check, provide the necessary documentation, watch an introductory video, and complete a short assessment.

Once you’ve completed that step, MPOWER will take another five to seven business days to perform a final review. After you’re approved and agree to the terms, there’s a four-day rescission period, the lender it usually takes three to five business days to pay off your existing loans.


Loan Fees and Repayment Options

Loan Fees

MPOWER Financing charges an upfront 5% origination fee on in-school loans and 2% on refinance loans. Instead of deducting it from your loan proceeds, however, the lender adds it to your balance. 

There’s also a late fee of 4% of the unpaid amount or $5, whichever is less, and if you have a returned payment, the fee is $5. 

Loan Discounts

MPOWER Financing offers three interest rate discounts, which can add up to 1.5% in total discounts:

  • Autopay: You’ll get a 0.50% discount if you set up automatic payments from a U.S. bank account.
  • On-time payments: You can get a 0.50% discount once you’ve made six consecutive on-time payments through automatic withdrawals.
  • Graduation: You’ll get a 0.50% discount once you provide proof of graduation and full-time employment.

Refinance loans do not qualify for the graduation discount.

Repayment Options

MPOWER Financing only offers one repayment option, aside from full interest-and-principle payments. For in-school loans, students must make interest-only payments while they’re in school and during the six-month grace period after graduation. Once you enter full repayment, your term will be 10 years. 

For refinance loans, full repayment begins immediately, and your only option is 10 years. 

Loan Forbearance and Discharge Options

MPOWER Financing doesn’t disclose specific forbearance options publicly but says it’s willing to help borrowers who are struggling with their payments. Contact the lender to learn about your options. 

The lender also doesn’t provide details about whether it offers discharge if the borrower dies or becomes permanently disabled.


Is Student Loan Refinancing Available?

As mentioned above, MPOWER Financing offers refinance loans for U.S.-based and international student loans, up to $100,00.


Customer Service

Loans are originated by MPOWER or its partner Bank of Lake Mills. If you have questions about MPOWER Financing, you can submit your information online and request an email response or phone call. Alternatively, you can call (202) 417-3800. The lender doesn’t disclose its operating hours, however. 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau did not receive complaints about MPOWER Financing in 2021. It has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars over more than 900 customer reviews on Trustpilot.


Applying for an MPOWER Financing Student Loan 

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, start by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to exhaust all federal and other forms of financial aid before you apply for a private student loan. 

If you’re an international student or DACA student and ineligible for federal aid, consider shopping around and comparing multiple loan options before submitting an application.

You’ll provide the following details: 

  • List of school expenses
  • Resume or CV (for graduate students)
  • Standardized test scores (for graduate students)
  • English proficiency exam scores 
  • College admissions letter
  • Past transcripts or diploma
  • Passport
  • Secondary photo ID (from your home country)
  • Supporting evidence of funds (such as bank statements or pay stubs)
  • References (such as family or friends)

Once all of your information is submitted, MPOWER Financing will review your application. If approved, the lender may run a credit check in the U.S. or your home country. Then, it will conduct a final review and work with your school to certify the loan.


Alternative Choices

  MPOWER Earnest  Discover 
Loan Types Offered Undergraduate; Graduate Undergraduate; Graduate; Parent; Medical Undergraduate; Graduate; Parent; Professional
Undergraduate Fixed APR  10.91% or 14.98% APR (before discounts)  3.24%–12.78%  4.74%–13.99% 
Undergraduate Variable APR  N/A  0.94%–11.44%  5.49%–14.99% 
Origination/Administrative Fee  5% for school loans; 2% for refinances  None  None 
Repayment Options  Interest-only; Full payment  Deferment; Fixed; Interest-only; Full payment  Deferment; Fixed; Interest-only; Full payment 
Refinancing Available  Yes  Yes  Yes 


Final Verdict

MPOWER Financing offers international students and U.S. citizens an easy way to get financing without needing a co-signer. However, the lender’s interest rates are high relative to other private lenders, and if you have a creditworthy co-signer or you can get approved for federal student loans, consider those options first.



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