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Ratings and Methodology

LendEDU’s Editorial Ratings are designed to help consumers better understand how certain companies compare to others in their respective industries.

We do not publish favorable or unfavorable reviews or ratings at the direction of any company. Instead, our full-time editorial staff is tasked with rating companies and providing accurate and fact-based analyses. These ratings are then used by our editorial staff and contractors for creating content and determining which companies are the best for different financial situations.

Here is a description of our numerical ratings:

– Our highest recommendation, the top tier option for consumers
– Excellent selection for consumers
– Average selection for consumers
– Below average selection for consumers
– Poor selection for consumers

Below you will find more information about how we rate products, broken out by category. Click a dropdown to see the rating methodology for that product.