Deciding How to Finance College?
Consider a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

If you have a child headed to college soon, you may be considering how best to finance college expenses. One alternative to traditional student loans is using a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) to pay for college. HELOCs are budget-friendly with no origination or closing costs. Plus, you only pay interest on the amount you use and that interest may be tax deductible.1

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Using a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) for College Expenses

With the rising cost of tuition and high repayment amounts for student loan debt, using a HELOC instead of student loans might make sense for your family.

Since a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) allows you to reuse funds as you repay the loan, you can take out a HELOC at the beginning of your child’s college career and reuse the line amount. Pay for a variety of college-related expenses over time with your HELOC, including tuition, housing, or even study abroad costs, and only pay interest on the amount you borrow.



Benefits of Using a HELOC for College


Access available funds with a check or transfer from online banking to easily make tuition payments.


Use and reuse your line as you re-pay for up to 10 years2. Easily draw from your HELOC for semester tuition payments or other college expenses as they arise.


Keep HELOC payment affordable with a rate discount on our already-competitive rates when you set up automatic payment from any Santander Bank checking account.


Ready to get started with a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)?


Call a Santander Loan Specialist at 1.877.476.8562.

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2Rates:  To get the Home Equity Line of Credit (Line) Fixed-Rate Introductory Annual Percentage Rate (APR) and variable rate APR shown, payments must be automatically deducted (ePay) from a Santander checking account. The Introductory APR will apply only during the first six (6) billing cycles after your Line is opened. Thereafter, the APR for any existing balance or future advances will convert to the applicable variable rate APR. This APR may vary monthly and is based on the U.S. Prime Rate published in the Money Rates table of The Wall Street Journal on the first business day of the calendar month. The variable APR that you will receive will range between Prime minus 0.50 percentage points (currently 3.50% APR) and Prime plus 3.00 percentage points (currently 7.00% APR), and will depend on the following factors: amount of credit limit received, lien position, location of pledged property, and ePay election. If ePay is discontinued, the APR will increase by 0.25 percentage points. The Line must be in a first or second lien, secured by your 1-4 family primary residence located in MA, RI, CT, NH, NJ, NY, PA, DE, ME, VT, or DC, and total mortgage loans to be secured by this property must not exceed 80.00%. Line amounts must be between $10,000 and $750,000. Other rates and terms apply to investment properties and loan-to-value ratios up to 89.99%. The APR will never be higher than 18.00%. Fees: There is a $450 termination fee if you close the Line within the first 36 months of account opening. If your property is located in New York, the Bank will pay the mortgage tax at closing on your behalf, however, it must be reimbursed if the Line is closed within 36 months of account opening. An annual fee, if any will be charged during the draw period beginning in the 13th month after the account is opened and each year thereafter on the anniversary date. The amount of the annual fee will be $0, $25, or $50, based on the type of deposit account you have with Santander at the time the fee is assessed. Fixed-Rate Lock Option fee is $50. Balances you choose to lock in at a fixed rate of interest must be repaid in substantially equal monthly payments of both principal and interest. General Information: If your home is on the market, other rates and terms are available. A $175 fee applies if your property is held in trust. Property insurance is required. Flood insurance may be required. Rates and terms are accurate as of 4/3/2017, based on a current Prime Rate of 4.00% and are subject to change. Lines subject to approval.

▲▲▲ 3% introductory APR for 12 billing cycles on balance transfers made within 90 days of opening your account. After the introductory period, a variable APR for balance transfers from 15.24% to 24.24%, based on the Prime Rate and your creditworthiness, with a transaction fee for each balance transfer of $0. There is no grace period on balance transfers. Also if you take a balance transfer offer, this means that unless your purchase APR is at an introductory or promotional 0% APR, you will pay interest on new purchases from the date made if you do not pay all balances, including the promotional balance transfer, in full by the next payment due date appearing on your statement. Variable APR for purchases from 15.24% to 24.24%, based on your creditworthiness when you open your account. Cash advance APR of 25.74%. Penalty APR of 30.74%, which may apply indefinitely to your account if you miss payments or otherwise default. Minimum finance charge of $1.50. There is no annual fee. Rates effective as if 06/01/2017. Rates are subject to change. Late payment fee and finance charges will still apply.

* Accounts must be in good standing. Applies to net new retail purchases only. Net new retail purchases: qualifying purchases less credits, returns, and adjustments. Balance Transfers, Cash Advances, including purchases of money orders or other cash equivalents, purchases made by or for a business purpose, fees, interest charges, unauthorized/fraudulent transactions, and certain other charges do not earn cash back credit. The cash back balance on your account does not expire for accounts in good standing. Cash Back in the form of statement credit upon your request. Receive the $100 cash back bonus via statement credit when you spend $500 on new net retail purchases within the first 90 days of opening your account. $100 cash back is credited to customer account within 6 weeks after spending requirements are met. Other terms and conditions apply.

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