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Columbia Bank Partners With Sallie Mae To Help Students & Parents Manage College Tuition Costs

Bank’s New “Student Center” Web Site Features Ways to Make Higher Education Happen 

FAIR LAWN, NJ – August 8, 2019 – Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, is pleased to announce that Columbia has partnered with Sallie Mae’s “Smart Option Student Loan Program” to assist students and their parents with their college education financing.  The new partnership will allow Columbia Bank to refer qualifying parents and students to Sallie Mae in order to explore their current competitive loan interest rates and available flexible repayment options. 

According to Mr. Kemly, “We are pleased to partner with Sallie Mae which has been the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company for more than 40 years.  Whether you’re an undergraduate student, graduate student, post-graduate student, or parent helping to pay for school, we now offer a reliable, one-stop source for flexible financing options designed to meet specific educational needs.” 

Interested parties can access information by visiting Columbia’s new “Student Center” found on their corporate website,  Featuring helpful information about Sallie Mae loans, Student Center visitors can now apply for their student educational loans online and also receive their personal credit results in about 15 minutes.  The new web site also provides information on student checking account options, mobile banking services and related savings programs offered by Columbia Bank. 

“Our goal was to make everyone’s college experience less stressful and I am confident that we have achieved this and more with our Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan Program partnership and new Student Center web page,” Mr. Kemly added.