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Sallie Mae CD rates: Lower your opening deposit with SaveBetter

Enjoy strong APYs on select terms for as low as $1.

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Sallie Mae offers 11 CDs directly through their site and four through their partner SaveBetter, a platform that offers banking products with unique perks. The key difference? You’ll need at least $2,500 to open a CD directly through Sallie Mae, and only $1 if you open one through SaveBetter.

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Our take: Sallie Mae vs. SaveBetter

SaveBetter’s array of Sallie Mae CDs offers a few distinct advantages over opening a CD with Sallie Mae directly. The first is the type of CDs: SaveBetter offers no-penalty CD options on Sallie Mae‘s 10- and 14-month CDs. This means that if you were to withdraw your money before it reaches maturity, you won’t pay a withdrawal penalty fee. If you want a no-penalty CD, you won’t find any if you open a CD directly with Sallie Mae.

The other advantage to SaveBetter’s Sallie Mae CDs is the lack of a minimum deposit. You can open a SaveBetter Sallie Mae CD for just $1. Accounts opened with Sallie Mae directly require a minimum deposit of $2,500, which is rather high when it comes to CDs. This makes SaveBetter’s options a great entry point for growing money with a CD without committing to the higher minimum deposit.

With SaveBetter you also get term lengths that you won’t find at most banks. You can choose from 10-, 14-, 23- or 27-month CDs. These terms offer strong rates as well, with comparable or even greater rates you’d get with the closest available term offered through Sallie Mae‘s site. On the other hand, you get more term options if you open a CD directly through Sallie Mae.

Pros

  • You only need $1 to open a Sallie Mae CDs through SaveBetter.
  • Get stronger than average APYs on shorter terms.
  • Get access to no-penalty CD options on 10- and 14-month terms.

Cons

  • Only four term options to choose from through SaveBetter.
  • Overview of Sallie Mae CD rates

    Sallie Mae‘s CD rates are compounded daily and credited to your account on the last day of each month. Like most CDs, it features an early withdrawal penalty should you withdraw your funds prior to maturity unless you choose one of its no-penalty CD options through SaveBetter.

    CD rates through SaveBetter

    CD termAPYMinimum deposit
    10-month no-penalty CD4.25%$1
    14-month no-penalty CD4.4%$1
    23-month CD4.85%$1
    27-month CD5%$1

    CD rates directly through Sallie Me

    CD termAPYMinimum deposit
    6-month CD3.5%$2,500
    9-month CD3.55%$2,500
    11-month CD3.7%$2,500
    12-month CD4.25%$2,500
    13-month CD4.25%$2,500
    15-month CD4.3%$2,500
    18-month CD4.35%$2,500
    24-month CD4.4%$2,500
    30-month CD4.45%$2,500
    36-month CD4.5%$2,500
    60-month CD4.55%$2,500

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What is SaveBetter?

SaveBetter is an online platform that offers select banking products from existing banks. The products offered are typically different from the ones you’d find by signing up through the bank itself, with better rates, fewer fees or other perks you wouldn’t find otherwise. SaveBetter offers exclusive savings accounts, money market savings accounts and CDs.

Who is Sallie Mae CDs through SaveBetter best for?

Thanks to higher than standard APYs and negligible minimum deposits, all types of consumers looking to save and grow their wealth will find SaveBetter’s Sallie Mae CDs a useful tool. In fact, most of the rates on SaveBetter’s Sallie Mae CDs are stronger or comparable than what you’d find when opening an account through Sallie Mae directly. Plus you’ll get a lower minimum deposit.

The only tradeoff is you have just four term lengths to choose from rather than Sallie Mae‘s 11 terms. And if you want longer term CDs, you might look elsewhere or to Sallie Mae itself.

How to apply for Sallie Mae CDs through SaveBetter

You can sign up for these unique Sallie Mae CDs through SaveBetter directly.

  1. Go to the provider’s site and follow the steps to apply.
  2. Scroll through the CD list and select the Sallie Mae product you want. Click Save now.
  3. Fill out the requested information to open an account and complete your application.

More about Sallie Bank’s CDs: Deposits, fees and details

What it isSallie Mae CDs through SaveBetterCDs directly through Sallie Mae
Minimum deposit$1$2,500
Total term options4 terms11 terms
Early withdrawal penaltiesPenalty equal to 180 days’ simple interest.
No penalty on its 10- and 14-month no-penalty CDs.
Terms of 12 months or less: 90 days’ simple interest.
Terms 12+ months: 180 days’ simple interest.
Grace period7 days10 days
Cashout and rollover detailsAt maturity, you have a 7-day grace period to renew to a new term. There’s no grace period if you withdraw and don’t renew for a new term.You may withdraw as a check or transfer funds to a checking or savings account. At maturity, you have a 10-day grace period to withdraw funds from your account without penalty. You can prevent renewal by withdrawing the funds in your CD at maturity or within the grace period.

Customer experience

Customers generally like the rates and products offered by SaveBetter, but find the customer and account servicing a bit more challenging than opening a product directly through a bank. They argue this is because SaveBetter works as the intermediary between you and your account, and customers are unable to service their account with the associated bank directly.

If you open a CD through SaveBetter, you won’t be able to use Sallie Mae‘s customer service.

There are three ways you can reach SaveBetter:

  • Send a direct message on their website.
  • Call 844-994-3276 or 646-933-7700.
  • Email service@savebetter.com.

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We rate CDs and share certificates on a scale ranging from one to five stars based on what matters most to you. We consider two factors equally when rating CDs: minimum deposits and annual percentage yields (APYs) relative to term length. If a bank requires a different minimum opening deposit depending on the chosen term, we rate the CD based on the average minimum deposit across all terms. And although some institutions offer CDs with terms ranging from one week to 20 years, we only consider term lengths the FDIC uses in its monthly updates on national rates.

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