The Summit Federal Credit Union to Offer Innovative Student Lending Solutions

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The Summit offers a limited-time $250 cash bonus for those refinancing student loans.

Rochester, N.Y. –  The Summit Federal Credit Union (The Summit) today announced that it has partnered with Credit Union Student Choice, the leading provider of higher education financing solutions to America’s credit unions, to offer its members education lending solutions for both private student loans and student loan refinance.

“Since 1941, The Summit has been focused on supporting and contributing to the communities we serve,” said Mark Gregory, Vice President of Lending for The Summit. “We have offered private education financing options to our members in the past but are looking forward to working with Student Choice to deliver a broader scope of private student lending solutions to our membership. Student Choice focuses on innovative solutions, personalized service, and financial education just as our credit union does, and we are excited to partner with them.”

The Summit will offer in-school financing for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well Student Choice’s refinance product.

“Student Choice provides educational webinars, one-on-one support, and individualized counseling to help borrowers truly understand the lending process,” Gregory added. “Paying for college or repaying student loans can be confusing and overwhelming for families; the tools Student Choice provides help make the process easier to understand so students can make responsible choices about paying for college.”

“Consumers have faced a great deal of upheaval in the past few years and need trusted, local financial institutions they can rely on,” said Scott Patterson, President and CEO of Student Choice. “Like The Summit and all our credit union partners, Student Choice focuses on fair-value lending that can build lifelong member relationships. In our case, that means convenient education funding solutions paired with personalized resources to help borrowers make educated decisions today and in the future.”

Student Choice enables credit unions of all sizes to make private education loans that are held on their own balance sheet. Since launching in 2008, the organization has helped nearly 300 partner credit unions originate $3.2 billion in private education loans to more than 100,000 families.

The Summit is offering a $250 cash bonus offer for those choosing to refinance their student loans through the credit union. This offer is in effect until June 31st.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact

Dawn Kellogg, Public Relations and Community Engagement Specialist at: DKellogg@summitfcu.org or (585) 453-7058.

About the Summit Federal Credit Union

Founded in 1941, The Summit Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned, full-service financial cooperative. With over $1.2 billion in assets, The Summit has over 230 employees and provides a full range of affordable financial products and services to over 88,000 active members in the Finger Lakes Region and Central and Western New York.   The Summit is dedicated to the rich diversity of the communities that they serve. You will regularly see their staff out and about in the community supporting other not-for-profit organizations that share their mission and values.  For more information, visit summitfcu.org.

About Credit Union Student Choice

Credit Union Student Choice is a credit union service organization (CUSO) that positions credit unions as leaders in education finance by offering a comprehensive solution that helps them deliver fair-value private education loans and corresponding financial education to students and families. To learn more, visit www.studentchoice.org.

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