Sallie Mae Bank's Deposit Account Terms and Conditions Agreement
IMPORTANT — PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND RETAIN FOR YOUR RECORDS
In establishing a High-Yield Savings Account, Certificate of Deposit, or Money Market Deposit Account, you are required to indicate your agreement to and acceptance of (1) this document, Sallie Mae Bank's Deposit Account Terms and Conditions Agreement (the "Terms and Conditions"); (2) Sallie Mae Bank’s Privacy Notice, which can be accessed at SallieMae.com/legal/privacy; and (3) Sallie Mae Bank's Electronic Communication Disclosure Information and Consent, which can be accessed at SallieMae.com/banking/terms/rd/ecd.
This Agreement is a contract between you and Sallie Mae Bank that sets forth the terms and conditions under which the Sallie Mae Bank High-Yield Savings Account, Sallie Mae Bank Certificate of Deposit, or Sallie Mae Bank Money Market Account (each of which is an "Account") is made available to you. By indicating your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions, the Privacy Notice, and the Electronic Communication Disclosure (collectively, the “Agreement”) and by establishing, using, or continuing to have an Account, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions contained in the Agreement, as may be amended from time to time, including but not exclusive to the Arbitration and Funds Availability provisions in these Terms and Conditions. You also agree to pay all charges incurred as set forth in the "Truth-in-Savings and Fees" Section of these Terms and Conditions and any other fees applicable to your Account. For a Multiple-Party Account, you agree that one (1) Accountholder indicating his/her acceptance of the Agreement shall be deemed acceptance of the Agreement by all Accountholders. By establishing an Account, you are confirming that you have read the Agreement and any and all information you have provided or that has been or will be provided by you or on your behalf, in relation to your Account or the transactions in your Account, is true and accurate. If any provisions in other Account Documents are inconsistent with these Terms and Conditions, these Terms and Conditions governs. Please read the Agreement and all Account Documents carefully. You may print these Terms and Conditions for your reference.
IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE
These Terms and Conditions contains an Arbitration Provision. Unless you reject the Arbitration Provision, it will govern your Account. The Arbitration Provision (including instructions for rejecting the Arbitration Provision and an explanation of how and when the Arbitration Provision will become effective if you do not reject it) is set forth at the end of these Terms and Conditions.
THE ARBITRATION PROVISION MAY SUBSTANTIALLY LIMIT OR AFFECT YOUR RIGHTS. PLEASE READ THE ARBITRATION PROVISION CAREFULLY AND KEEP IT FOR YOUR RECORDS.
- Definitions for Sallie Mae Bank Deposit Products
"ACH Debit" – An electronic funds transfer, initiated at Sallie Mae Bank, to withdraw funds from an account at another bank and deposit them to an Account at Sallie Mae Bank.
"ACH Credit" shall mean an electronic funds transfer, initiated at another bank, to withdraw funds from an account at that bank and deposit them to an Account at Sallie Mae Bank.
"Account" shall mean the deposit Account product you open with Sallie Mae Bank, including the Sallie Mae Bank High-Yield Savings, Sallie Mae Bank Certificate of Deposit, or Sallie Mae Bank Money Market.
“Account Documents” shall mean the Agreement together with all other documentation pertaining to your Accounts, including without limitation, application or other forms, disclosures, schedules (including any fee schedules), statements, notices, communications, any advertising or promotional materials, and policies.
“Accountholder” shall mean a person, including a minor where applicable, who, by the terms of the Account, has a present right to draw upon the funds in an Account and who is titled on the Account Documents as the owner of the Account.
“Business Day” shall mean a calendar day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, or any Federal holiday. Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays are not considered Business Days, even if we are open.
"CD" shall mean Sallie Mae Bank's Certificate of Deposit product.
"EFT" shall mean electronic funds transfer, a service available on your Account, which is described in detail in Electronic Fund Transfer Services Policy, Section 8 below.
"Fee Account" shall mean the Account for which you are an authorized signer, and from which we may automatically debit or otherwise collect all service fees.
"Issuer" shall mean Sallie Mae Bank.
"MMDA" shall mean Sallie Mae Bank's Money Market Deposit Account.
"Privacy Notice" shall mean Sallie Mae's Privacy Notice, which governs the Bank's customer information-related operations can be accessed online at SallieMae.com/legal/privacy.
"You" and "your" shall mean the Accountholder, as provided for in these Terms and Conditions.
"We," "us," "our," "Sallie Mae," and the “Bank” shall mean Sallie Mae Bank, our successors, affiliates, assignees, and service providers.
- Changes to Address, Contact Information or Name
We will use the most recent contact information you have provided to us to communicate with you. You are responsible for notifying us of any change in your address, other contact information (including telephone number and email address) or your name. You must notify us of any changes to your address online at SallieMae.com/banking or by calling us at 877-346-2756 (877-3GO-2SLM). If your name has changed, you must call us at 877-346-2756 (877-3GO-2SLM) for instructions to change the way your name appears on your Account. Informing us of your address or name change in any other manner is not sufficient notice of change and we shall have no obligation to make such changes. Changes to your telephone number and email address can be communicated to us through our website, by regular mail, or via telephone. IMPORTANT NOTE: If, in addition to your Account(s), you have another product or service with Sallie Mae, you must follow separate procedures as specified in the documentation for those products and services to inform them of changes to your name, address, and/or other contact information.
- Communicating with You
As noted above, we will communicate with you using the most recent contact information you have provided. To the extent permitted by applicable law, and without limiting any other rights we may have, you consent to our communicating with you, in connection with this Agreement, any Account, and/or any transactions relating to any Accounts, using any phone number or email address that you provided in your application for an Account or that you provide in the future. You consent and authorize us to communicate with you using any current or future means of communication, including, but not limited to, automated telephone dialing equipment, artificial or pre-recorded voice messages, SMS text messages, email directed to you at a mobile telephone service, or email otherwise directed to you.
WE MAY USE SUCH MEANS OF COMMUNICATION EVEN IF YOU WILL INCUR COSTS TO RECEIVE SUCH PHONE MESSAGES, TEXT MESSAGES, OR EMAILS.
- Opening Your Account / Account Ownership
You may open an Account through our online application process at SallieMae.com/banking. We require that single Accountholders and primary Accountholders for Multiple-Party Accounts satisfy the applicable age of majority requirements. In addition, other important information regarding the Account opening process is presented below. If you open your Account through our website, we will place a temporary hold on your Account, which means that any funds that are transferred to your Account with us will not be available to you during this hold period, in accordance with our Funds Availability Schedule (Section 5) below.
- Types of Account Ownership
The various ways in which Account ownership can be established are described below. Sallie Mae Bank, at its sole discretion, may (i) change or limit the types of Accounts that it opens, (ii) limit the ways in which Account ownership can be established for a particular type of Account, and/ or (iii) may require you to close an Account. If Sallie Mae Bank does require the closure of an Account, we will provide you with any notice required by applicable law. Terms in this Section that are not defined in these Terms and Conditions shall have the meanings defined in Utah's Multiple-Party Accounts Law, Utah Code § 75-6-101 et seq. as amended from time to time ("UTMPAL").
- Individual Account: An Individual Account is an Account opened or held in the name of one individual. Transactions on an individual account require the authorization of the individual Accountholder.
- Multiple-Party Accounts: A Multiple-Party Account is an Account that is opened or held in the name of more than one individual and includes a Joint Account or a Payable on Death (“P.O.D”) Account. To establish ownership rights, Accounts held by multiple Accountholders must be titled in the names of all Accountholders on the Account Documents. If you have designated this Account, as appropriate, in the Account Documents as a Joint or P.O.D. Account (as described further below) as defined in UTMPAL, then this Account is a Multiple-Party Account subject to the UTMPAL. An Accountholder to a Multiple-Party Account is a person who possesses a present right to draw upon funds in the Account. A beneficiary of a Multiple-Party Account, such as a payee of a P.O.D. Account, is not considered to be an Accountholder of a Multiple-Party Account and does not possess a present right to draw upon funds from the Account. There may be multiple beneficiaries and multiple depositors associated with a single Multiple-Party Account.
Unless the Account Documents expressly provides otherwise and except for certain retirement benefits, including but not exclusive to Social Security, upon the death of an Accountholder to a Multiple-Party Account, the funds in the Account shall belong to the surviving Accountholder(s) (as against the estate of the deceased Accountholder). All monies and items deposited in a Multiple-Party Account shall at all times be subject to withdrawal or disposal, in whole or in part, by any one or more of the Accountholders. We may pay the balance of a Multiple-Party Account to any Accountholder even if another Accountholder is deceased. For additional information, see the "Death of an Accountholder" Section below. If one or more Accountholders to a Multiple-Party Account become incompetent, we may pay the balance of the Account to any Accountholder or Accountholders, even if we have received notice of an adjudication of incompetency and appointment of guardian. Each Accountholder to a Multiple-Party Account authorizes every other Accountholder to endorse and to deposit to the Account any item payable to one, both, or all of them, and authorizes us to accept for deposit any item payable to one, both, or all of them with or without endorsement. We may honor instructions from any Accountholder to a Multiple-Party Account except as otherwise provided under applicable law, including instructions to close the Account, even if such instructions are inconsistent with instructions given by any other Accountholder or Accountholders. It is important to note that every Accountholder is jointly and severally responsible for paying overdrafts created by any authorized signer(s) or Accountholder, whether or not they participate in the transaction or benefit from its proceeds. We may be required by legal process to pay all the funds in a Multiple-Party Account to satisfy a judgment against any or all Accountholders. Finally, as noted above, one Multiple-Party Accountholder accepting and/or acknowledging, as appropriate, the Agreement or any other Account Documents represents affirmative acceptance of the Agreement and Account Documents by all Accountholders.
- Payable on Death (P.O.D.) Accounts: You may designate your Account, as appropriate, in the Account Documents as a pay-on-death ("P.O.D.") (also known as a tentative trust or Totten trust), as defined in UTMPAL. If you do so, then this Account is a Multiple-Party Account subject to the UTMPAL (even if you are the only Accountholder). The original payee(s) of the P.O.D. Account is the Accountholder of the P.O.D. Account. The P.O.D. account payees, as set forth in the UTMPAL, are not Accountholders. A P.O.D. Account belongs to the original payee(s) during the original payee(s) lifetime and not to the P.O.D. payee(s). Each P.O.D. Account may have multiple P.O.D. payees and will be subject to the terms and conditions of Accounts set forth above and otherwise in these Terms and Conditions.
- Verifying Your Identity – Notice Regarding the USA PATRIOT Act
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PROCEDURES FOR OPENING A NEW ACCOUNT
To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens or is added to an Account. What this means for you: When you open an Account, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see your driver's license or other identifying documents.
- Verifying Your Eligibility – Notice regarding Consumer Reporting Agency and Other Information
In connection with verifying your identity and eligibility for the Account, we may review your consumer report, credit history, or other information. By asking us to open an Account, you authorize us to obtain a consumer report, credit history information, or other information to process your Account request or for any other legitimate purpose. Based on this review, we may open an Account for you, but you may not be eligible for some Account features, and we may limit your ability to make certain types of transfers to and from your Account. To be eligible for an Account, you must have a physical address in the United States, among other requirements. We reserve the right to decline your Account request if we are not able to fully verify your personal information. We may also report the status of or the closure of your Account to, consumer reporting agencies.
- Requiring Taxpayer ID Numbers and Backup Withholding Certification
Under Federal law, we are required to have a correct Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) for every Account. Also, under Federal law, you are required to certify that you are not subject to backup withholding taxes. Without that certification, we are required to either withhold a percentage of interest paid as provided for under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) backup withholding regulations or to close the Account. We will report any amounts we may withhold to the IRS as a tax credit and on your year-end IRS Form 1099-INT Interest Income Statement.
- Minimum Deposit/Minimum Balance
The minimum deposit required to open and the minimum balance requirement for a Certificate of Deposit is $2,500. For non-CD Accounts, there is no minimum deposit required to open an Account. However, if you do not fund your Account within forty (40) days of the Account opening date, we will close the Account. If an Account is dormant, with a balance of $100 or less with no activity for the past twelve (12) months, we reserve the right to close the Account.
- Check and Electronic Deposits
Currently, funding is strictly limited to check funding and electronic deposits, which include electronic funds transfers, such as automated clearing house (ACH) transactions, and must be made in U.S. Dollars. Sallie Mae Bank does not accept Cash or Money Orders for deposit. With respect to check funding, we will not accept certain types of checks, such as third party and starter checks (third party checks are checks not made initially payable to our Account owner). We may elect to process your check through an electronic check conversion. This means that when you provide a check to deposit, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a onetime electronic fund transfer from your Account or to process the payment as a check transaction.
- Account Opening – Initial Hold
In order to ensure that we have properly verified your identity as required by Federal law, we will place a temporary hold on your deposits until we have completed our verification procedures. Please refer to the Funds Availability Schedule (Section 5) for additional details.
- Linked Accounts
- Linking to Accounts at Other Financial Institutions
You may link your Account with Sallie Mae Bank to a deposit account you have with another bank. You can do this online when you establish your Account with us or anytime during the life of your Account. Any account you link to your Account must be with a bank chartered in the United States.
- FDIC Insurance
Funds deposited in an Account and any other account(s) at Sallie Mae Bank are collectively insured up to the applicable limit by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC"). The amount of insurance coverage available to you depends on the number of Accounts you have with us and the ownership of those Accounts. For additional information, you may visit the FDIC's website at http://www.fdic.gov.
- Funds Availability Schedule
Our policy is to delay the availability of funds from your check and electronic deposits. During the delay, you may not withdraw the funds in cash and we will not use the funds to pay checks that you have written, or withdrawals or debits you have authorized or made from your Account.
- High-Yield Savings, MMDA, and CDs
- Funds you deposit in an Account will become available to you in accordance with the timeframes set forth in this Section. Please view our Funds Availability schedule for High-Yield Savings, Money Market, and Certificate of Deposit Accounts below. Between the time that you deposit the funds and the funds become available to you, you may not withdraw the funds in cash and we will not use the funds to pay withdrawals or debits that you have authorized or made from your Account. All funds electronically deposited after 4:00 PM ET via remote deposit capture will be considered received on the next Business Day and will be subject to standard hold times from such date.
- Deposit Holds
For all ACH Credits and funds transferred from a Sallie Mae High-Yield Savings Account, Money Market Deposit Account, or Certificate of Deposit Account the funds will be available immediately.
New Account: 5 Business Days
Existing Account: 5 Business Days
- New Account Deposit Holds
For all deposits made by check or electronically during the first thirty (30) days after Account opening, funds may be held for five (5) Business Days from the effective date for those funds, which is the day that we credit your Account for that deposit.
To the extent permitted by law, Sallie Mae Bank reserves the right to extend these timeframes for certain reasons, including if we suspect fraud. In addition, funds in an Account being closed may be subject to a brief temporary hold in order to allow outstanding transactions to clear and for any necessary processing procedures to be performed.
All deposits are subject to verification. Your Account will be credited for the amount shown on your Account statement. Adjustments for errors in addition or subtraction may be posted to your Account. Your Account also may be adjusted for items you have deposited that we determine require special handling (e.g., verification of prior endorsements).
- Inbound Wires
If we receive a completed inbound wire transfer of funds by 4:00 PM ET on a Business Day, we will consider that to be the date of your deposit. Funds received after 4:00 PM ET will be considered received on the next Business Day. Funds become available to you, when they are posted to your Account on the Business Day they are received or deemed received.
For all Accounts, you can request a withdrawal or transfer by using our website at SallieMae.com/banking or by calling our telephone line at 877-346-2756 (877-3GO-2SLM). A request for a withdrawal or transfer is considered to be received on the same Business Day if it is received by 4:00 PM ET on that day. For additional details, please refer to "Transaction Limitations" set forth under the "Truth-in-Savings Disclosures" Section below that applies to the Account type you have chosen.
If a withdrawal is requested via a check issued by the Bank, it may take up to thirty (30) days for receipt of that check.
- Insufficient Funds
You may not make withdrawals in excess of the funds available in your Account, which is the Account balance less any holds applicable to funds deposited into your Account. We will not be liable for dishonoring any withdrawals that would exceed the available funds in your Account. We process withdrawals and transfers in the order in which we receive them. If we receive a withdrawal, transfer, or related request and there are insufficient funds in your Account to pay the item, we will return the item unpaid and you may be charged an Insufficient Funds (NSF) fee. If we pay the item and allow for an overdraft, we may hold balances in other Accounts that you may have with us until the overdraft is paid. In addition, if we honor a request that overdraws your Account, you agree to promptly reimburse us for the amount of the overdraft along with applicable NSF fees, collection fees, and/or legal fees, if any. If we pay items that overdraw your Account, we are not obligated to continue paying overdrafts in the future.
If you repeatedly present items for payment when you have insufficient funds, we reserve the right to close your Account or, if applicable to your Account, terminate your ability to access certain features.
- Notice of Intent to Withdraw or Transfer Funds
Sallie Mae reserves the right to require at least seven (7) days prior written notice of your intent to withdraw or transfer funds by any means from your Account.
- Truth-in-Savings Disclosures and Fees (by Account). This Section does not apply to e-deposits, please refer to Section 15 regarding e-deposits.
The following Section sets forth the Truth-in-Savings Disclosures by Account type.
- High-Yield Savings Account
Minimum Balance to Open a High-Yield Savings Account. As noted above, there is no minimum deposit required to open a High-Yield Savings Account. However, if an account is dormant, with a balance of $100 or less with no activity for the past 12 months, we reserve the right to close the Account.
Rate Information. The current interest rate and Annual Percentage Yield (APY) on your High-Yield Savings Account will be disclosed on our website (SallieMae.com/banking/rate-table), on your Account statement, and can be obtained by phone by calling 877-346-2756. The interest rate and APY are established at our discretion and, as permitted by law, are variable and subject to change at any time without notice to you. Interest rates are also posted on Account detail pages; for these pages, any changes to interest rates are updated in the nightly processing cycle on the effective date of the change. The terms of any introductory or other special offer, including any bonus or new Account rate and APY, if any, are set forth in the disclosure specific to such offer. Our APY rates assume that interest earned in your High-Yield Savings Account remains on deposit. A withdrawal from your Account will reduce earnings.
Compounding Frequency. The interest rate on your Account will be compounded daily on a 365/365 basis.
Crediting Frequency. Interest will be credited to your Account on the monthly cycle date.
Daily Balance Computation Method. We use the daily balance method to calculate the interest on your Account. This method applies a daily periodic rate to the principal balance in the Account on each day.
Accrual of Interest on Deposits. Interest in your Account will begin to accrue on the Business Day the deposit is received. If a deposit is received before 11:00 PM ET on a Business Day, we will consider that day to be the day of your deposit. If your deposit is received after 11:00 PM ET on a Business Day or on a non-Business Day, we will consider that the deposit was received on the next Business Day.
Effect of Closing an Account. If you close your Account before interest is credited, you will receive the accrued interest.
Transaction Limitations. Deposits and withdrawals may be made by wire and EFT. ACH withdrawals are subject to NACHA, ACH, and other applicable rules. You are not limited in the number of transfers that you may make out of your Account to repay loans at Sallie Mae. A preauthorized transfer includes any arrangement to pay funds from your Account to a linked Account at a predetermined time, on a fixed schedule, or upon oral or written orders received through the initiating person or by mail. You may also authorize another institution or person to initiate preauthorized transfers from your Account on your behalf. See the "Funds Availability" Section above for information about when you can withdraw funds you deposit. There is an ACH transfer limit of $500,000 per transaction initiated from your Sallie Mae Bank Account.
Fees. The fees set forth below will be charged, as applicable, to your Account unless prohibited by applicable law. You agree that these fees may be deducted from your Account. Sallie Mae Bank will not be liable for the dishonor of any transaction resulting from deduction of fees from your Account.
- Returned Check Fee – $5
- Wire Fee - Wire transfers from your Sallie Mae Bank Account to an account at another bank in the United States may be requested. If those transfers are completed, the Account will be assessed a $20 Wire Service Fee. The receiving bank may also charge a wire fee at their discretion. The Wire Service Fee only applies to outgoing transfers (it does not apply to transfers into your Sallie Mae Bank Account). Note that Sallie Mae Bank will not initiate international wire transfers.
- Expedited Delivery - You may request next-Business-Day delivery of items that would normally be delivered by postal mail. Please note that the cutoff for next-Business-Day delivery is 2:00 PM ET. A $15 Expedited Delivery charge will be assessed for each item provided via Expedited Delivery.
- Certificates of Deposit
Minimum Balance to Open a CD. As noted above, the minimum deposit required to open and the minimum balance requirement for a CD is $2,500.
Rate Information. The current interest rate and Annual Percentage Yield (APY) on CDs will be disclosed on our website (SallieMae.com/banking/rate-table), on your Account statement, and can be obtained by phone by calling 877-346-2756. The interest rate and annual percentage yield (APY) are determined and will be set on the date your CD is funded, not on the date your CD is opened; provided however, that if we receive your first deposit within ten (10) days of the Account opening date, you will receive the higher of the interest rates of the date your Account is opened or the date your Account is funded. Once your interest rate is determined and set, it is fixed, and you will be paid this rate until first maturity. The annual percentage yield (APY) assumes that interest earned in your CD remains on deposit until maturity. A withdrawal from your CD will reduce earnings. The interest rate and APY are subject to change at any time without notice before your Account is funded.
Compounding Frequency. The interest rate on your CD will be compounded daily on a 365/365 basis.
Crediting Frequency. Interest will be credited to your Account on the monthly basis cycle date.
Daily Balance Computation Method. We use the daily balance method to calculate the interest on your CD. This method applies a daily periodic rate to the principal balance in the Account each day.
Accrual of Interest on Deposits. Interest in your Account begins to accrue on the Business Day the deposit is received. If the deposit is received before 11:00 PM ET on a Business Day, we will consider that day to be the Business Day of your deposit. If your deposit is received after 11:00 PM ET on a Business Day or on a non-Business Day, we will consider that the deposit was received on the next Business Day.
Effect of Closing an Account. If you close your CD before interest is credited, you will receive the accrued interest.
Transactions Limitations. You will not be permitted to make any additional deposits into your CD before maturity. You may, subject to penalty, make withdrawals of principal from your Account before maturity. Principal withdrawn before maturity is included in the amount subject to early withdrawal penalty. You can withdraw interest accrued and credited to your CD before maturity at any time without penalty. However, the APY assumes interest remains on deposit until maturity and a withdrawal will reduce earnings. Withdrawals may be made by wire and EFT. ACH withdrawals are subject to NACHA, ACH, and other applicable rules. There is a transfer limit of $500,000 per transaction initiated from your Account. To set up a CD of greater than $500,000, funds may be deposited via a wire transfer or check deposit.
Penalties for Early Withdrawal. As noted above, a penalty will be imposed for withdrawals of principal before maturity. If your CD has a maturity of twelve (12) months or less, the penalty we impose will equal ninety (90) days' simple interest on the amount withdrawn subject to penalty. If your CD has a maturity greater than twelve (12) months, the penalty we impose will equal one hundred eighty (180) days' simple interest on the amount withdrawn subject to penalty. If the amount required to be forfeited is greater than the interest earned or paid on your CD, we will deduct the difference from principal. In certain circumstances, such as the death or incompetence of an Accountholder, the law permits, and in some cases requires, the waiver of the early withdrawal penalty.
Automatic Renewal. Your CD automatically renews at maturity. At maturity, you will have a ten (10) calendar day grace period (which begins on the first day of maturity and includes the following nine (9) days) in which you can withdraw funds from your Account without penalty. You may prevent renewal if you withdraw the funds in your CD at maturity or within the grace period, or if we receive notice from you within the grace period. You may notify us by telephone at 877-346-2756 (877-3GO-2SLM), or by logging into your account and sending us a secure message. If you prevent renewal of your CD, interest will accrue until the day within the grace period that you withdraw your funds or that we receive notice. Each renewal term will be the same as the term immediately preceding the renewal, beginning on the maturity date. We will set the interest rate on your renewing CD at our discretion. To determine your rate on renewal, please check our rate schedule available online at SallieMae.com/banking/certificates-of-deposit.
Fees. The fees set forth below will be charged, as applicable, to your CD unless prohibited by applicable law. You agree that these fees may be deducted from the amount in your Account.
- Wire Fee - Wire transfers from your Sallie Mae Bank Account to an Account at another bank in the United States may be requested. If those transfers are completed, the Account will be assessed a $20 Wire Service Fee. The receiving bank may also charge a wire fee at their discretion. The Wire Service Fee only applies to outgoing transfers (it does not apply to transfers into your Sallie Mae Bank Account). Note that Sallie Mae Bank will not initiate international wire transfers.
- Expedited Delivery - You may request next-Business-Day delivery of items that would normally be delivered by postal mail. Please note that the cutoff for Expedited Delivery requests is 2:00 PM ET. A $15 Expedited Delivery charge will be assessed for each item provided via Expedited Delivery.
Minimum Balance to Open an MMDA. As noted above, there is no minimum deposit required to open an MMDA. However, if an account is dormant, with a balance of $100 or less with no activity for the past 12 months, we reserve the right to close the Account.
Rate Information. This is a tiered, variable rate Account. The interest rate and Annual Percentage Yield (APY), and tiers may change. The interest rate and APY your Account earns depend on the tier into which the end-of-day balance in your Account falls. The interest rate and APY for the appropriate tier will be paid on the full balance in the Account. A tier is a range of Account balances; different rates may apply to different tiers. We may change the tiers at any time. The current interest rate, APY on your Account will be disclosed on our website (SallieMae.com/banking/rate-table), on your Account statement, and can be obtained by phone by calling 877-346-2756. The interest rates and APY are established at our discretion and, as permitted by law, are variable and subject to change at any time without notice to you. The terms of any introductory or other promotional offer, including any bonus or new Account rate and APY, if any, are set forth in the disclosure specific to the special offer. Our APY rates assume that interest earned in your MMDA remains on deposit. A withdrawal from your MMDA will reduce earnings.
Compounding Frequency. The interest rate on your MMDA will be compounded daily on a 365/365 basis.
Crediting Frequency. Interest will be credited to your MMDA on the monthly cycle date.
Daily Balance Computation Method. We use the daily balance method to calculate the interest on your MMDA. This method applies a daily periodic rate to the principal balance in the MMDA on each day.
Accrual of Interest on Deposits. Interest in your MMDA will begin to accrue on the Business Day the deposit is received. If a deposit is received before 11:00 PM ET on a Business Day, we will consider that day to be the Business Day of your deposit. If your deposit is received after 11:00 PM ET on a Business Day or on a non-Business Day, we will consider that the deposit was received on the next Business Day.
Effect of Closing an MMDA. If you close your MMDA before interest is credited, you will receive the accrued interest.
Promotional Offers. From time to time, we may offer a bonus interest rate and Annual Percentage Yield (APY) for our Money Market Deposit Accounts. Bonus interest rates and APYs are applicable for a limited time period only. You will be paid the bonus rate for the entire promotional period, regardless of your balance. Your initial deposit must be made at the time of Account opening in order to receive the full duration of the promotional term. The bonus interest rate and APY will discontinue after the promotional period and change to the Bank’s current interest rate and APY that is being offered. All nonpromotional rates are variable and may change at any time. The promotion is not valid with other offers or promotions unless otherwise stated. The promotional offer, if any, will be disclosed on our website (SallieMae.com/banking/money-market-account/).
Transaction Limitations. Withdrawals may be made by check, EFT, and wire. ACH withdrawals are subject to NACHA, ACH and other applicable rules. You are not limited in the number of transfers that you may make out of your MMDA to repay loans at Sallie Mae. A preauthorized transfer includes any arrangement to pay funds from your MMDA to a linked Account at a predetermined time, on a fixed schedule, or upon oral or written orders received through the initiating person or by mail. You may also authorize another institution or person to initiate preauthorized transfers from your MMDA on your behalf. There is an ACH transfer limit of $500,000 per transaction initiated from your Sallie Mae Bank Account.
Fees. The fees set forth below will be charged, as applicable, to your MMDA unless prohibited by applicable law. You agree that these fees may be deducted from the amount in your MMDA. Sallie Mae Bank will not be liable for the dishonor of any transaction resulting from deduction of fees from your MMDA. Additionally, you may not be allowed to proceed with a transaction on your MMDA, such as initiating a check reorder or a stop payment if you do not have sufficient funds in your Account to cover the cost of the transaction.
- Check Order Charge - Check order placed after Account opening – $5. (Check orders placed at Account opening are free.) There is an additional $10 charge for the expedited delivery of a check order.
- Stop Payment Charge - $15
- Returned Check Fee – $5
- Insufficient Funds (NSF) Fee – $19
- Wire Fee - Wire transfers from your Sallie Mae Bank Account to an Account at another bank in the United States may be requested. If those transfers are completed, the Account will be assessed a $20 Wire Service Fee. The receiving bank may also charge a wire fee at their discretion. The Wire Service Fee only applies to outgoing transfers (it does not apply to transfers into your Sallie Mae Bank Account). Note that Sallie Mae Bank will not initiate international wire transfers.
- Expedited Delivery - You may request next-business-day delivery of items that would normally be delivered by postal mail. Please note that the cutoff time for next business day delivery is 2 p.m. ET. A $15 Expedited Delivery charge will be assessed for each item provided via Expedited Delivery.
- Electronic Fund Transfer Services Policy
Sallie Mae may provide you with EFT services, including direct deposits into your Account, preauthorized transfers from your Account and telephone transfers. For these services, you authorize us to charge and deduct from your Account any and all charges applicable to the EFT service(s) we provided to you. Applicable fees are disclosed in the "Truth-in-Savings Disclosures and Fees” Section of this agreement. In addition, the rules set forth in the "Withdrawals/Transfers" Section above under "Insufficient Funds" are applicable to any EFT service we may offer and the "Truth-in-Savings" Section applicable to your Account(s) sets forth transaction limitations. We reserve the right to restrict your access to any EFT service(s) based on a review of your debit history or how you use your Account. The EFT services we may offer are described below.
Transfers Online. You may transfer funds to and from your Account online at SallieMae.com/banking.
Preauthorized Payments. Subject to the limitations disclosed in these Terms and Conditions, you may arrange to have preauthorized payments made from your Account.
Other EFTs. You may perform other transactions as we expand the type of available EFTs in the future.
- Stopping Preauthorized Payments
Right and Procedure to Stop Preauthorized Payments. To stop payment on a single payment in a series of recurring preauthorized payments, or to discontinue a recurring preauthorized payment entirely, you should contact the merchant, allowing adequate time for that party to cancel the payment and for us to implement the cancellation request (which typically may take up to several Business Days). We are not responsible for any failure by a merchant to stop a payment or for your failure to notify the merchant in time to stop any given payment. In addition, if you have instructed Sallie Mae to make regular payments from your Account, you can stop these payments by calling us at 877-346-2756 (877-3GO-2SLM), logging into your account and sending us a secure message or by writing to us at 175 S. West Temple, Ste. 600, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. We must receive your request at least three (3) Business Days before the payment is scheduled to be made. Your stop payment request must include the exact dollar amount of the payment. In addition, if you call, we may require that you put your request in writing and get it to us within fourteen (14) calendar days after you call. You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from any and all liability of any kind which may arise by reason of us acting in compliance with your directive to stop a payment from your Account.
Refusal to Pay a Preauthorized Transfer or Payment. If, because your Account has insufficient funds to cover a transfer or payment, Sallie Mae refuses to make a preauthorized transfer, we will reject the transfer.
Notice of Varying Amounts. If regular preauthorized payments vary in amount, the institution or person that you are going to pay is required to inform you ten (10) calendar days before each payment, when the payment will be made and the amount of the payment. Applicable rules allow you to elect to receive such notice only when the payment would differ by more than a certain amount from the previous payment, or when the amount would fall outside certain limits set by you.
Preauthorized Credits (Direct Deposits). If you have arranged to have direct deposits made to your Account at least once every sixty (60) calendar days from the same institution or person, the institution or person making the deposit will tell you every time they send us the money. You may also call us at 877-346-2756 (877-3GO-2SLM) or check your Account online at SallieMae.com/banking to find out whether or not the deposit has been made.
- Telephone Transfers. You may make transfers via the customer support call center at 877-346-2756 (877-3GO-2SLM).
- Your Liability for Unauthorized Transactions, Reporting and Disputing Errors
Your Liability for Unauthorized Transactions. Tell us AT ONCE if you believe that an electronic fund transfer has been made without your permission. To report unauthorized transfers, call us immediately at 877-346-2756 (877-3GO-2SLM). Telephoning is the best way of keeping your possible losses down.
Also, if your statement shows transfers that you did not make, including those made by code or other means, tell us at once. If you do not tell us within sixty (60) days after the statement was made available to you, you may not get back any money you lost after the sixty (60) days, if we can prove that we could have stopped someone from taking the money if you had told us in time. If a good reason (such as a long trip or a hospital stay) kept you from telling us, we will extend the time periods.
Error Resolution Notice. In case of errors or questions about your electronic fund transfers, telephone us at 877-346-2756 (877-3GO-2SLM), logging into your account and sending us a secure message, or write to us at Sallie Mae Bank, Attn: 175 S. West Temple, STE 600, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, as soon as you can, if you think your statement or receipt is wrong or if you need more information about a transfer listed on the statement or receipt. We must hear from you no later than sixty (60) days after we sent the FIRST statement on which the problem or error appeared. When contacting us for such purposes, we ask that you:
- Tell us your name and Account number (if any);
- Describe the error or the transfer you are unsure about, and explain as clearly as you can why you believe it is an error or why you need more information; and
- Tell us the dollar amount of the suspected error.
If you tell us orally, we also require that you send us your complaint or question in writing within ten (10) Business Days.
We will determine whether an error occurred within ten (10) Business Days after we hear from you and will correct any error promptly. If we need more time, however, we may take up to forty-five (45) days to investigate your complaint or question. If we decide to do this, we will credit your Account within ten (10) Business Days for the amount you think is in error, so that you will have the use of the money during the time it takes us to complete our investigation. If we do not receive your complaint or question in writing within ten (10) Business Days we may not credit your Account.
For errors involving new Accounts (an Account is considered to be a new Account for the first thirty (30) days after opening or after funds are deposited into the Account, whichever occurs later), or for foreign-initiated transactions, we may take up to ninety (90) days to investigate your complaint or question.
For new Accounts, we may take up to twenty (20) Business Days to credit your Account for the amount you think is in error.
We will tell you the results within three (3) Business Days after completing our investigation. If we decide that there was no error, we will send you a written explanation. You may ask for copies of the documents that we used in our investigation.
- Our Liability for Failure to Complete Transactions
If we do not complete a transfer to or from your Account on time or in the correct amount according to our Terms and Conditions with you, we will be liable for your losses or damages. However, there are some exceptions. We will not be liable, for instance:
- If, through no fault of ours, you do not have enough funds available in your Account to complete the transaction, including if there is a hold on your funds or if your funds are subject to legal process, another encumbrance restricting their use, other legal restrictions, or right of set-off;
- If we have reason to believe the requested transaction is unauthorized, including for fraud and related concerns;
- If circumstances beyond our control (such as fire, flood or computer or communication failure) prevent the completion of the transaction, despite reasonable precautions that we have taken; or
- For any other exception stated in these Terms and Conditions.
- Disclosure of Account Information to Third Parties
In order that your privacy may be protected, we will only disclose information to third parties about your Account or the transfers you make:
- Where it is necessary for completing transfers;
- In order to verify the condition and existence of your Account for a third party, such as a credit bureau or merchant;
- In order to comply with government agency or court orders;
- To our employees, auditors, service providers, attorneys, or collection agents in the course of their duties;
- As disclosed in SallieMae.com/legal/privacy; or
- If you give us your permission.
We reserve the right to terminate your use of our EFT services for any reason and at any time. You also have the right to terminate your use of the EFT services described in these Terms and Conditions at any time online at SallieMae.com/banking, by calling us at 877-346-2756 (877-3GO-2SLM), or writing to us at 175 S. West Temple, Ste. 600, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.
If you call, we may require you to put your request in writing and get it to us within fourteen (14) calendar days after you call. If you terminate your use of our EFT services and you have arranged for preauthorized transfers involving third parties, you are required to inform any third parties that the transfers will cease. Any termination of your use of our EFT services, whether initiated by you or us, will not affect any of your or our rights and obligations under these Terms and Conditions that have arisen before the effective date of such termination.
- Check endorsement instructions or restrictions
Because of our automated processing of large volumes of checks, we may not inspect or look for special instructions or "restrictive endorsements" on every check. For this reason, we are not able to honor any special instructions or be bound by a restrictive endorsement placed on checks. Further, we are not responsible for any losses, claims, damages or expenses that result from your expectation that we will honor these restrictions.
- Electronic check conversion
If your Account offers check-writing capability, you may authorize a merchant or other payee to make a one-time electronic payment from your money market Account using information from your check to:
- Pay for purchases
- Pay bills
When you provide a check as a deposit, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your Account or to process the deposit as a check transaction.
- Consumer Credit Bureau Review
As part of the Account opening and enrollment process, we may review your banking history (including, without limitation, information regarding your credit scores, credit worthiness, or debit history) from one or more consumer reporting agencies for purposes of reviewing your Account and providing other Account features. Opening an Account will not be reported to any credit bureau that provides credit reports or credit scores for lending or insurance purposes and will not impact your credit history or credit scores that lenders and insurers may use in determining whether to grant you credit or insurance.
- Forgeries or unauthorized signatures
If we honor a debit request drawn on your Account that contains a forged or unauthorized signature or is altered in any way, you must notify us within thirty (30) calendar days of the date on which the forged, unauthorized, or altered item appears on your Account statement. In the case of continuing forgeries, unauthorized signatures, or alterations by the same person(s), you agree to notify us within thirty (30) days of the date on which the first forged, unauthorized, or altered item was provided to you. Or, if your items are not provided to you with your Account statement, then you must notify us within thirty (30) days of the date on which we provided to you or otherwise made available to you the Account statement that contained a description of the forged, unauthorized, or altered item. If you do not report a forged, unauthorized or altered item within the time frames listed above, this will be deemed conclusive proof that you failed to exercise reasonable care and promptness in examining the statements of the affected Account and in notifying us after discovery of the forgery, unauthorized signature or alteration. Therefore, you agree that such items shall be fully enforceable against you and you shall have no claim against us for payment of these items. Regardless of any of the above or any action or inaction on our part, if you fail to notify us of a forgery, unauthorized signature or alteration within ninety (90) days of the date the item (or a description of the item) or Account statement was made available to you, you agree to waive any right to bring any action or demand against us that is related in any way to the forgery, unauthorized signature or alteration or to any additional forgeries, unauthorized signatures or altered items by the same person.
- Additional information about electronic check conversion
When we use information from your check to make an electronic fund transfer, funds may be withdrawn from your Account as soon as the same day we receive your deposit, and you may not receive your check back from us.
- Stopping Payment on a Check
If you have an Account which offers check-writing capability and you need to stop the payment of a check you have written for your Account, we must receive it in time to give us a reasonable opportunity to act on it before we process the check for payment. You may use any of the following methods to provide a stop payment order:
Go online to your Account at SallieMae.com/banking
Call us at: 877-346-2756 (877-3GO-2SLM); or
Write to us at 175 S. West Temple, Ste. 600, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.
All stop payment orders must identify the Account number and check number to be effective.
Only the person who initiated the stop payment order may release a stop payment request. The stop payment order will be effective within one Business Day of the day on which we receive and process the request. We will not process your request if you do not have sufficient funds in your Account to pay the fee associated with your stop payment request. You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from any and all liability of any kind which may arise by reason of us acting in compliance with your directive to stop a payment on any check. You will be charged the fees set forth in Sections 7c, 7d, 8m.
- Sallie Mae Mobile Banking
For help text 'HELP' to 99701. To cancel your plan, text 'STOP' to 99701 at any time. In case of questions please contact Customer Service at 877-346-2756. Message and data rates may apply.
Program: Sallie Mae offers customers mobile access to account information through SMS banking, a down loadable app, and mobile web. Customers also have the option to set up and customize alerts such as low balance notifications. Enrollment requires identification of the user's banking relationship with Sallie Mae as well as verification of the mobile device associated with the Account. The mobile device number is confirmed via a verification PIN sent via SMS text to the mobile device. The user will have to enter the verification PIN during enrollment when prompted. Customers have the ability to customize alerts and other preferences which will determine, together with their Account data, the frequency of alerts delivered. This program will be ongoing. Message and data rates may apply. Customers will be allowed to opt out of this program at any time.
Cost to Participate: Although Sallie Mae Mobile Banking is complimentary and requires no purchase or fee for participation, message and data rates may apply. Please check with your individual mobile provider to determine any charges that you could incur for Native App, Mobile Web, or SMS mobile banking usage.
Find Your Carrier: Sallie Mae Mobile Banking is compatible with AT&T, Sprint, Nextel, Boost, Verizon Wireless, Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile®, U.S. Cellular®, Cincinnati Bell, Cricket, and MetroPCS mobile devices. To participate, your mobile device needs to be text message-enabled. We try to ensure everyone can participate but depending on your carrier, plan and mobile device, we can't guarantee it will work for you.
Questions: You can contact us by sending a text message with the word 'HELP' to 99701 for assistance. You can also call Customer Service at 877-346-2756.
To Opt Out: To stop text messages coming to your mobile device, just send a text that says 'STOP' to 99701. Please note, you will receive a final opt-out confirmation text after requesting to opt out.
Mobile Banking Terms and Conditions: By enrolling in Sallie Mae Mobile Banking, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions presented here. These Terms and Conditions may change over time, and in the case of any material change we will notify you via e-mail or with a link to the updated terms on our website. Your continued use of the services will indicate your acceptance of the revised Terms and Conditions.
You confirm that the mobile device number(s) provided to Sallie Mae is/are owned by you or are under your control and that any communication from and to the said mobile device(s) is and shall be with your knowledge and consent. You agree to inform us of any change in the mobile device number(s), loss of your mobile device(s), the mobile device(s) being outside your control and/or any other change that may affect the provision of the Sallie Mae Mobile Banking services to you. In all circumstances, you accept full responsibility for any and all Instructions sent to us from the mobile device(s) and hereby authorize us to act on the instructions and process any and all transactions we receive from your mobile device(s).
You understand and agree that we may, at our sole discretion, record any and all information, instructions or transactions relayed from your mobile device(s) to us or through intermediaries and to the mobile device(s) from us and/or from intermediaries and collect and store the same along with all information in such form and manner as we deem necessary and appropriate. You agree that the data and information so stored may be relied upon by us and be made known to any person who may reasonably require the same and/or may be produced in evidence in any proceedings or otherwise.
You acknowledge that in connection with your use of Sallie Mae Mobile Banking, Sallie Mae and its affiliates and service providers may receive and may share with one another names, domain names, addresses, passwords, telephone and phone numbers, the content of messages, data files and other data and information provided by you or from other sources in connection with the Sallie Mae Mobile Banking or software (collectively "User Information"). Sallie Mae and its affiliates and service providers will maintain reasonable safeguards to protect the information from unauthorized disclosure or use, but reserve the right to use and disclose this information as reasonably necessary to deliver Sallie Mae Mobile Banking and as otherwise permitted by law, including compliance with court orders or lawful instructions from a government agency, to protect the personal safety of subscribers or the public, to defend claims, and as otherwise authorized by you. Sallie Mae and its affiliates and service providers also reserve the right to monitor use of Sallie Mae Mobile Banking and Software for purposes of verifying compliance with all laws and regulations, these terms and conditions and any applicable license, but disclaim any obligation to monitor, filter, or edit any content.
You agree not to use Sallie Mae Mobile Banking and Software in or for any illegal, fraudulent, unauthorized or improper manner or purpose. You further agree that your use of the services and software will be used in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, including all applicable state, federal, and international Internet, data, telecommunications, telemarketing, "spam," and import/export laws and regulations, including U.S. Export Administration Regulations. Without limiting the foregoing, you agree that you will not use Sallie Mae Mobile Banking and Software to transmit or disseminate junk mail, spam, or unsolicited material to persons or entities that have not agreed to receive such material or to whom you do not otherwise have a legal right to send such material or material that infringes or violates any third party's intellectual property rights, rights of publicity, privacy, or confidentiality, or the rights or legal obligations of any wireless service provider or any of its clients or subscribers. We shall use our best efforts to effect payments/carry-out instructions received by us within such time as may be specified by us, however, we do not guarantee that the payment/fulfillment of instructions or the availability of Sallie Mae Mobile Banking within such specified time frames since Sallie Mae Mobile Banking depends on various electronic technology used from time to time and may pass through various intermediaries, which may cause delays and failures in receipt or transmission of any instructions by or from us or by or from you. Accordingly, we shall not be liable for any loss, damage whether direct or indirect, costs, charges or expenses incurred by you due to a delay/inability in providing the Sallie Mae Mobile Banking services. We may, for any reason whatsoever, decide not to make the Payment and shall communicate through SMS such a decision to you as soon as practicable. We shall not be held liable for any loss, damage whether direct or indirect, costs, charges or expenses incurred by you in this regard. You acknowledge that Sallie Mae Mobile Banking is dependent on the infrastructure, connectivity and services provided by the cellular phone service providers ("Service Providers") and the Intermediaries engaged by us. You accept that timeliness, accuracy and readability of SMS texts and instructions/information shall depend on factors affecting the Service Providers and intermediaries. We shall not be liable for non-delivery or delayed delivery of, payments, error, loss or distortion in transmission of information and Instructions to/from you or a merchant or other payment recipient.
We shall not be liable in contract, tort or otherwise for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage sustained by you by any direct or indirect use of or reliance on the electronic communication, orders or messages whether with or without the utilization of any security measures, including but not limited to any loss or damage resulting as a consequence of any defects, delays, interruptions, errors, inaccuracies or failures in the various communications and we specifically excludes the same to the fullest extent permitted by law even if we shall have been advised in advance of the possibility of such damages.
Without prejudice to anything contained in these Terms and Conditions, we make no express or implied warranty with respect to Sallie Mae Mobile Banking or any other services provided hereunder including, without limitation, any warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, marketability, satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose.
We reserve the right, but shall not be obliged, to (i) make changes, enhancements, and/or modifications to Sallie Mae Mobile Banking offered by us from time to time including limiting the amount and frequency of types of transactions you may make; (ii) with prior notice to you, charge fees for the provision of any and/or all of the Sallie Mae Mobile Banking services; and (iii) to terminate any or all of Sallie Mae Mobile Banking services without prior notice.
e-deposit (also known as remote check deposit) is a free service allowing customers to electronically deposit checks via iPhone® or Android™ smartphone. e-deposit is available to all Sallie Mae Account types with the exception of Certificates of Deposit. By participating in this service, you agree to scan and deposit only checks as that term is defined in Federal Reserve Regulation CC ('Reg CC'). Please note, Sallie Mae reserves the right to revoke e-deposit service at any time for any reason and to limit the number of deposit items you may deposit through the e-deposit service or any of its features. All checks deposited via e-deposit may be subject to further review. If your e-deposit is not accepted, we will notify you via email.
By utilizing Sallie Mae Sallie e-deposit, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions presented here (the "Terms"). These Terms shall be in addition to and not in derogation of the specific terms and conditions applicable to the Sallie Mae deposit accounts and, if applicable, Sallie Mae Mobile Banking. These Terms may change over time, and in the case of any material change we will notify you via e-mail or with a link to the updated terms on our website. Your continued use of the services will indicate your acceptance of the revised Terms.
Without prejudice to anything contained in these Terms, we make no express or implied warranty with respect to Sallie Mae e-deposit provided hereunder including, without limitation, any warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, marketability, satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose.
We reserve the right, but shall not be obliged, to (i) make changes, enhancements, and/or modifications to Sallie Mae e-deposit offered by us from time to time including limiting the amount and frequency of types of transactions you may make; (ii) with prior notice to you, charge fees for the provision of any and/or all of the Sallie Mae e-deposit services; and (iii) to terminate any or all of Sallie Mae e-deposit services without prior notice.
By utilizing Sallie Mae e-deposit you agree to:
- Transmit images of a legible quality. The image must comply with the requirement established from time to time by ANSI, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, or any other regulatory agency, clearing house or association.
- Restrictively endorse any item transmitted through Sallie Mae Mobile Banking as "For Mobile Deposit Only, Sallie Mae Bank account number." If your check is not restrictively endorsed, we may reject it.
- Prominently mark physical checks deposited as 'Electronically Presented' or 'Void' once confirmation has been received from Sallie Mae. Also, to properly dispose of checks to ensure they are not represented for payment. Retain checks for a period of thirty (30) days following which you will destroy them by any suitable method (for example using a shredder), to make sure they are not represented for payment. Cross-cut shredding is strongly recommended for check destruction. You also hereby agree to not represent any item for repayment.
- Recognize deposit limits set by Sallie Mae bank. We reserve the right to impose limits on the amount(s) and/or number of deposits that you transmit using e-deposit and are free to modify such limits from time to time.
- Obtain and maintain hardware and software at your own expense to support e-deposit participation.
Funds Processing: All funds electronically deposited after 4:00 PM ET via remote deposit capture will be considered received on the next business day and will be subject to standard hold times from such date of receipt.
Prohibited Transactions: You are prohibited from and hereby agree not to deposit the following types of checks through e-deposit:
- Checks payable to any person or entity other than you.
- Checks containing obvious alteration to any of the fields on the front of the check or item, or which you know or suspect, or should know or suspect, are fraudulent or otherwise not authorized by the owner of the account on which the check or item is drawn.
- Checks previously converted to a substitute check, as defined in Reg CC.
- Checks drawn on a financial institution located outside the United States.
- Checks that are remotely created, as defined in Reg CC.
- Checks not payable in United States currency.
- Traveler's checks or money orders.
- Checks dated more than six months prior to the date of deposit.
- Checks prohibited by Sallie Mae's current procedures relating to Sallie Mae Mobile Banking or which are otherwise not acceptable under the terms of your Account(s).
Sallie Mae e-deposit Limits
Deposits via e-deposit are limited to the following maximums:
e-deposit Daily Deposit Limit ($)
Total Dollar Amount: $5,000.00
Total Number of Deposits: 5 deposits
e-deposit Weekly Deposit Limit ($)
Total Dollar Amount: $5,000.00
Total Number of Deposits: 5 deposits
e-deposit Monthly Deposit Limit ($)
Total Dollar Amount: $20,000.00
Total Number of Deposits: 10 deposits
- Protecting Your Privacy
The privacy and security of your information is important to us. As noted above, Sallie Mae's Privacy Notice is available on our website at the following location: SallieMae.com/legal/privacy. You authorize us to share information about you and your Account with third parties who have referred you to us, as permitted by law.
- Periodic Statements
You will get monthly Account statements (unless there are no transfers in a particular month. In any case you will get the statement at least quarterly). You may view your statement by accessing your Account at SallieMae.com/banking. You may request a paper statement be mailed to you at any time, by calling us at 877-346-2756 (877-3GO-2SLM), through secure message, or writing to us at 175 S. West Temple, Ste. 600, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.
- Closing an Account
You can close your Account at any time, for any reason subject to the terms as described in these Terms and Conditions. We can close your Account at any time, for any reason and without advance notice. In addition, as mentioned in the "Funds Availability" Section above, funds in an Account being closed may be subject to a brief temporary hold in order to allow outstanding transactions to clear and for any necessary processing procedures to be performed. If your Account is closed, be sure you cancel any preauthorized payments as set forth in the "Electronic Funds Transfer Services" Section above under "Stopping Preauthorized Payments."
- Unclaimed Property Laws
State laws require us to close your Accounts and transfer your money to the state if your Accounts are dormant for a certain period of time. If your Account becomes dormant, we may try to locate you at the address and telephone number shown in our records. After a specified period of time, if we are still not able to locate you, we will be required to surrender the funds in the Account to the state, in accordance with state law, as unclaimed property. If this occurs, you may be able to reclaim them, but you may be required to apply to the state for return of your funds. To the extent permitted by law, we may charge you a reasonable service charge for processing unclaimed property. Once your funds are surrendered, we no longer have any liability or responsibility with respect to the funds.
No part of an Account may be pledged, assigned, given as a gift, or otherwise transferred to a third party without our prior written consent.
- Notice and Cure
Prior to initiating a lawsuit or arbitration regarding a legal dispute or claim relating in any way to this Agreement or your Account (a "Claim"), the party asserting the Claim (the "Claimant") shall give the other party written notice of the Claim (a "Claim Notice") and a reasonable opportunity, not less than thirty (30) days, to resolve the Claim. Any Claim Notice to you will be sent in writing by mail to the address you have provided us (or any updated address you have subsequently provided to us). Any Claim Notice to us shall be sent by mail to the following address: Sallie Mae Bank, Attention Chief Compliance Officer, 175 S West Temple, Ste 600, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Any Claim Notice you send must give your Account number(s), address and telephone number. Any Claim Notice must explain the nature of the Claim and the relief that is demanded. The Claimant must reasonably cooperate in providing any information about the Claim that the other party reasonably requests.
- Jury Trial Waiver
TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, YOU AND WE WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THESE RULES OR YOUR ACCOUNT. THIS JURY TRIAL WAIVER SHALL NOT AFFECT THE JURY TRIAL WAIVER IN THE ARBITRATION PROVISION (IF YOU DO NOT REJECT IT).
- Credit Reporting/Notice of Inaccurate Reporting or Identity Theft
We have the right to report information about your Account to any consumer reporting agency. If you believe that any information that we have furnished to a consumer reporting agency in connection with your Account is inaccurate, or if you believe that you have been the victim of identity theft in connection with your Account, write to us at the following address: 175 S. West Temple, Ste. 600, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. In your letter be sure to include:
- Your name, address and Account number(s);
- A description of the specific information that is being disputed;
- An explanation of the basis for the dispute;
- A copy of any supporting documentation you have that substantiates the basis of the dispute; and
- If you believe that you have been the victim of identity theft, submit an identity theft affidavit and an identity theft report (e.g., police report, postmaster general report, etc.).
- Claims of Third Parties and Legal Action Taken Against Your Account
Except as otherwise provided herein, we are not required to recognize any claim to your Account, or any claim of authority to exercise control over your Account, made by a person or persons other than you or an individual you have authorized to access the Account pursuant to a written agreement, in a form and content acceptable to us, on file with us. If an attachment, garnishment, levy, order, decree or other state or Federal legal process ("Legal Process") is brought against your Account, we may refuse to permit or we may limit withdrawals or transfers from your Account until the Legal Process is satisfied or dismissed. If we receive any document that appears or is purported to be Legal Process issued out of any court or governmental agency, you hereby authorize us to accept and comply with it, no matter how it was received by us. You hereby direct us not to contest on your behalf any such document or Legal Process and to comply with such process as we determine to be appropriate in the circumstances without liability of us to you, even if any funds we may be required to pay out leave insufficient funds to pay a check you have written or any other withdrawal or debit you have authorized or initiated. If we incur any damages, losses, costs or expenses, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees, in connection with any such document or Legal Process, you are liable to us in such amount and we may (i) charge any expenses and fees to your Account or any other Account you may have with us without prior notice to you, (ii) bill you directly for such expenses and fees or (iii) to the extent permitted by law, deduct such expenses and fees from the amount levied. Any garnishment, attachment or other levy against your Account is subject to our right of setoff.
- Remotely Created Checks
If you deposit any "remotely created check," as defined in Federal Reserve Regulation CC, 12 C.F.R. § 229.2(fff), as amended from time to time, then you represent and warrant to us that the holder of the Account upon which it is drawn authorized the issuance of the check for the amount and to the payee shown on the check. If anyone claims otherwise, you agree that we may immediately charge the amount of such check, plus any claimed interest, costs and damages, against your Account. If there are insufficient funds in your Account to cover the amount of that charge, we will treat the deficiency as an overdraft. You agree to indemnify us against, and hold us harmless from, any and all damages, losses, costs and expenses we incur in connection with any claim that a remotely created check was not properly created or deposited in your Account, including consequential and punitive damages, and our own reasonable attorneys' fees and costs in investigating and responding to any claims, whether or not litigation results.
- Waiver of Liability
Unless we have acted in bad faith or are otherwise prohibited by applicable law, we will not be liable to you for performing or failing to perform services under or in connection with this Agreement. Without limiting the foregoing, we will not be liable for delays or mistakes that happen due to reasons beyond our control, including, without limitation, acts of civil, military or banking authorities, national emergencies, insurrection, war, riots, acts of terrorism, failure of transportation, communication or water supply, or malfunction of or unavoidable difficulties with our equipment. If a court finds that we are liable to you for what we did or did not do under or in connection with this Agreement, you may recover from us only your actual damages, in an amount not to exceed the total interest paid by us to you under and in connection with this Agreement during the six-month period immediately preceding the event giving rise to our liability. You agree that the dollar limitation described in the preceding sentence is reasonable, to the extent permitted by applicable law. In no event will we be liable for consequential damages (including lost profits), extraordinary damages, or special or punitive damages.
- Claims Against Your Account
If we receive a claim against funds in your Account, or know of or believe that there is a dispute over the ownership or control of funds in your Account, we may place a hold on your Account. We can also refuse to pay out any of your funds until we are satisfied that the dispute is settled. In addition, we may close the Account and send the balance to the Accountholder(s) we have on record; decide to rely on our current Account records; require a court order to act; or take any other action that we feel will protect us. We will not be liable to you for taking any such action.
- No Fiduciary Obligation
Sallie Mae assumes no fiduciary obligation to you on your behalf. This means that we do not act as your trustee or financial advisor, and we do not assume any responsibility for your Account beyond reasonable care.
- Choice of Law and Applicable Laws and Rules
This Agreement (excluding the Arbitration Agreement) will be governed by the law of the State of Utah except to the extent governed by Federal law. Your Account is also subject to applicable operating circulars and customs of any clearinghouse or other association involved in transactions.
- Sallie Mae Bank's Legal Rights
We do not waive our rights by delaying or failing to exercise them at any time.
- Right to Set-Off
By opening an Account with Sallie Mae, you agree that we have the right to set-off with respect to your Account. If you owe Sallie Mae or any of its affiliate's money and that money is due, you agree that we may withhold or withdraw from your Account any amounts you owe to us or any of our affiliates unless prohibited by applicable law. We may exercise our rights of set-off without recourse to other collateral, if any, and even if our action causes you to lose interest, incur an early withdrawal penalty or any other consequence. If we exercise our right of set-off, we will notify you to the extent required by applicable law. Except to the extent prohibited by applicable law, we may set-off all of the funds in a multiple party Account to pay money owed to us by any owner of the multiple party Account, irrespective of who contributed funds to the multiple party Account. Our failure to demand payment does not waive our rights hereunder. See also the "Withdrawals/Transfers" Section above regarding "Insufficient Funds."
If any provision of this Agreement shall be determined to be invalid or unenforceable under any rule, law, or regulation of any governmental agency (local, state, or Federal), the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement shall not be affected.
- Telephone Monitoring
You agree that your telephone calls with us may be monitored and recorded for quality assurance and security purposes.
- Death of an Accountholder
If you die or are declared legally incompetent, we can continue to accept and process deposits to your Account until we have actual notice of the death/incompetency and have a reasonable chance to act. Upon notification, we will freeze individual Accounts (disallowing any withdrawals or transfers). By law, certain documents must be presented to us before funds in such an Account can be paid out and the Account closed. These documents may include: a certified copy of the death certificate; letters testamentary or letters of administration; decrees of probate court; and documents evidencing that estate taxes are paid or not owed; if applicable. Additional documents may be required depending on the ownership of the Account.
- Attorney in Fact/Fiduciary or Agency Account
Any individual acting as attorney-in-fact, agent, guardian, personal representative, trustee, custodian or fiduciary (collectively, an "Agent") must be designated as such on our records; otherwise, we will not honor the instructions of that individual regarding your Account. You may designate an individual as your Agent, authorized to act on your behalf, by sending us a written request. Upon such designation, you authorize us to honor the instructions of your Agent regarding your Account unless and until you provide us written notice to remove the Agent from our records or we receive actual notice of the death or incompetency of such Agent. You acknowledge and agree that we shall have no obligation to remove or change the designation of such Agent unless and until we receive such actual notice or written instruction and we have had a reasonable opportunity to act. We will not be liable to you in any way if your Agent misapplies any of the funds from your Account nor for any other acts or omissions of your Agent. We have the right to review and retain a copy of any power of attorney, agency agreement, trust agreement, court order or other document that has established the agency or other fiduciary relationship.
- Amendment, Cancellation and Change in Terms
Sallie Mae may amend or cancel this Agreement at any time in accordance with applicable law. Amendments to this Agreement will be communicated to you in a manner consistent with applicable law. Also, this Agreement, as amended, will be made available on our website.
You agree that either party may elect to arbitrate – and require the other party to arbitrate – any Claim under the following terms and conditions.
- RIGHT TO REJECT: You may reject this Arbitration Agreement by mailing a signed written letter of rejection to Sallie Mae Bank, Attention Chief Compliance Officer, 175 S West Temple, Ste 600, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 within sixty (60) days after the date of your first deposit. Any letter of rejection must include your name, address, telephone number and Account number.
- IMPORTANT WAIVERS: If you or we elect to arbitrate a Claim, you and we both waive the right to: (1) have a court or a jury decide the Claim; (2) PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION IN COURT OR IN ARBITRATION, WHETHER AS A CLASS REPRESENTATIVE, CLASS MEMBER OR OTHERWISE; (3) ACT AS A PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN COURT OR IN ARBITRATION; OR (4) JOIN OR CONSOLIDATE CLAIM(S) WITH CLAIMS INVOLVING ANY OTHER PERSON IN COURT OR IN ARBITRATION. Other rights are more limited in arbitration than in court or are not available in arbitration. The waivers in subsections (2)-(4) above are called the "Class Action and Multi-Party Waivers." The arbitrator shall have no authority to conduct any arbitration inconsistent with the Class Action and Multi-Party Waivers or to issue any relief that applies to any person or entity except you or us individually.
- DEFINITIONS: In this Arbitration Agreement, the following definitions will apply:
"You" and "your" refer to the person or persons to whom the Account is titled and who are authorized users on the Account as provided for in this Agreement.
"We," "us," and "our" mean Sallie Mae Bank, our successors, affiliates or assignees, and all officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives thereof. These terms also include any party named as a co-defendant with us in a Claim asserted by you, such as investors or potential investors, credit bureaus, credit insurance companies, closing agents, escrow agents, insurance agents, loan originators, rating agencies, loan servicers, debt collectors, loan guarantors, performance bond trustees, tuition recovery funds, the School, and any of the School's financial aid offices or officers.
"Claimant" means the party who first asserts a Claim in a lawsuit or arbitration proceeding.
"Administrator" means either the American Arbitration Association (the "AAA"), 120 Broadway, Floor 21, New York, NY 10271, www.adr.org, or JAMS, 620 Eighth Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10018, http://www.jamsadr.com/, or any other company selected by mutual agreement of the parties. If both AAA and JAMS cannot or will not serve and the parties are unable to select an Administrator by mutual consent, the Administrator will be selected by a court. You get to select the Administrator if you give us written notice of your selection with your notice that you are electing to arbitrate any Claim or within twenty (20) days after we give you notice that we are electing to arbitrate any Claim (or, if you dispute our right to require arbitration of the Claim, within twenty (20) days after that dispute is finally resolved). If you do not select the Administrator on time, we may do it. Notwithstanding any language in this Arbitration Agreement to the contrary, no arbitration may be administered, without the consent of all parties to the arbitration, by any Administrator that has in place a formal or informal policy that is inconsistent with the Class Action and Multi-Party Waivers.
"CLAIM" means any legal claim, dispute or controversy between you and us that arises from or relates in any way to the Account, including any dispute arising before the date of this Arbitration Agreement and any dispute relating to: (1) the imposition or collection of principal, interest, attorneys' fees, collection costs or other fees or charges relating to the Account; (2) other provisions of this Terms and Conditions Agreement; (3) any application, enrollment, disclosure or other document relating in any way to this Account or the transactions evidenced by this Account; (4) any insurance or other service or product offered or made available by or through us in connection with this Account, and any associated fees or charges; (5) our methods of soliciting your business; and (6) any documents, instruments, advertising or promotional materials that contain information about this Account or any associated insurance or other service or product. This includes, without limitation, disputes involving alleged fraud or misrepresentation, breach of contract or fiduciary duty, negligence or other torts, or violation of statute, regulation or common law. It includes disputes involving requests for injunctions, other equitable relief or declaratory relief. However, "Claim" does not include any individual action brought by you in small claims court or your state's equivalent court, unless such action is transferred, removed, or appealed to a different court. Also, "Claim" does not include disputes about the validity, enforceability, coverage or scope of this Arbitration Agreement or any part thereof (including, without limitation, this sentence, the Class Action and Multi-Party Waivers, or subparts (A) and (B) of the provision titled “Survival, Primacy, Severability”); all such disputes are for a court and not an arbitrator to decide. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the term “Claim” includes any dispute about the validity or enforceability of this Terms and Conditions Agreement, as a whole; any such Claim is for the arbitrator, not a court, to decide.
- Electing or Requiring ARBITRATION: A Claimant may elect arbitration of a claim by initiating an arbitration in accordance with the Administrator’s rules. The other Party may elect arbitration by giving written notice of an election to arbitrate. This notice may be given after a lawsuit has been filed and may be given in papers or motions in the lawsuit. If such a notice is given, the Claim shall be resolved by arbitration under this Arbitration Agreement and the applicable rules of the Administrator then in effect. It will be up to the Claimant to commence the arbitration proceedings. Even if all the parties have opted to litigate a Claim in court, you or we may elect arbitration with respect to any Claim made by a new party or any Claim later asserted by a party in that or nay related or unrelated lawsuit (including a Claim initially asserted on an individual basis but modified to be asserted on a class, representative or multi-party basis). Nothing in that litigation shall constitute a waiver of any rights under this Arbitration Agreement. The arbitrator will be selected under the Administrator's rules, except that the arbitrator must be a lawyer with at least ten years of experience or a retired judge, unless we and you agree otherwise.
- LOCATION AND COSTS: Any arbitration hearing that you attend will take place in a location that is reasonably convenient to you. We will consider (and generally honor) any good faith request to bear the fees charged by the Administrator and the arbitrator. Each party must normally pay the expense of that party's attorneys, experts and witnesses, regardless of which party prevails in the arbitration. Despite the foregoing, we will pay all such fees if you prevail in an arbitration where you are the Claimant (even if we are not required to pay such fees under applicable law) and will pay all such fees we are required to bear: (a) under applicable law; or (b) in order to enforce this Arbitration Agreement.
- DISCOVERY; GETTING INFORMATION: Either party may obtain from the other party prior to the hearing any information available under the Administrator's rules or any relevant information the arbitrator determines should in fairness be made available.
- EFFECT OF ARBITRATION AWARD: Any state or Federal court with jurisdiction and venue may enter an order enforcing this Arbitration Agreement, enter judgment upon the arbitrator's award and/or take any action authorized under the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§1 et seq. (the "FAA"). For any arbitration-related proceedings in which courts are authorized to take actions under the FAA, each party hereto expressly consents to the non- exclusive jurisdiction and venue of any state court of general jurisdiction or any state court of equity that is reasonably convenient to me, provided that the parties to any such judicial proceeding shall have the right to initiate such proceeding in Federal court or remove the proceeding to Federal court if authorized to do so by applicable Federal law. The arbitrator's award will be final and binding, except for: (1) any appeal right under the FAA; and (2) Claims involving more than $50,000. For Claims involving more than $50,000 (including claims where the cost of any requested injunctive or declaratory relief would potentially exceed $50,000), any party may appeal the award to a three- arbitrator panel appointed by the Administrator, which will reconsider de novo any aspect of the initial award that is appealed. The panel's decision will be final and binding, except for any appeal right under the FAA. Except as provided in Paragraph F above, the appealing party will pay the Administrator's and arbitrator's costs of the appeal. No arbitration award involving the parties will have any preclusive effect as to issues or claims in any dispute involving anyone who is not a party to the arbitration, nor will an arbitration award in prior disputes involving other parties have preclusive effect in an arbitration between the parties to this agreement.
- GOVERNING LAW: This Arbitration Agreement is made pursuant to a transaction involving interstate commerce and shall be governed by the FAA, and not by any state law concerning arbitration. The arbitrator shall follow applicable substantive law to the extent consistent with the FAA, applicable statutes of limitation and applicable privilege rules, and shall be authorized to award all remedies permitted by applicable substantive law, including, without limitation, compensatory, statutory and punitive damages (subject to constitutional limits that would apply in court), declaratory, injunctive and other equitable relief, and attorneys' fees and costs. Upon the timely request of either party, the arbitrator shall write a brief explanation of the basis of his or her award. The arbitrator will follow rules of procedure and evidence consistent with the FAA, this Arbitration Agreement and the Administrator's rules.
- SURVIVAL, PRIMACY, SEVERABILITY: This Arbitration Agreement shall survive closure, termination or dormancy of your Account. In the event of any conflict or inconsistency between this Arbitration Agreement and the Administrator's rules or the Terms and Conditions Agreement governing the Account, this Arbitration Agreement will govern. If any portion of this Arbitration Agreement cannot be enforced, the rest of the Arbitration Agreement will continue to apply, except that (A) the entire Arbitration Agreement (other than this sentence) shall be null and void with respect to any Claim asserted on a class, representative or multi-party basis if the Class Action and Multi-Party Waivers are held to be invalid, subject to any right to appeal such holding, and (B) if a Claim is brought seeking public injunctive relief and a court determines that the restrictions in the Class Action and Multi-Party Waivers prohibiting the arbitrator from awarding relief on behalf of third parties are unenforceable with respect to such Claim (and that determination becomes final after all appeals have been exhausted), the Claim for public injunctive relief will be determined in court and any individual Claims seeking monetary relief will be arbitrated. In such a case the parties will request that the court stay the Claim for public injunctive relief until the arbitration award pertaining to individual relief has been entered in court. In no event will a Claim for public injunctive relief be arbitrated.
- NOTICE OF CLAIM; RIGHT TO RESOLVE; SPECIAL PAYMENT: Prior to initiating, joining or participating in any judicial or arbitration proceeding, whether individually, as a class representative or participant or otherwise, regarding any Claim, the Claimant shall give the other party written notice of the Claim (a "Claim Notice") and a reasonable opportunity, not less than thirty (30) days, to resolve the Claim. Any Claim Notice you send must include your name, address, telephone number and loan or account number. Any Claim Notice must explain the nature of the Claim and the relief that is demanded. You may only submit a Claim Notice on your own behalf and not on behalf of any other party. The Claimant must reasonably cooperate in providing any information about the Claim that the other party reasonably requests. If: (i) you submit a Claim Notice in accordance with this paragraph on your own behalf (and not on behalf of any other party); (ii) we refuse to provide the relief you request; and (iii) an arbitrator subsequently determines that you were entitled to such relief (or greater relief), the arbitrator shall award you at least $5,100 (not including any arbitration fees and attorneys' fees and costs to which you may be entitled under this Arbitration Agreement or applicable law).
- AMENDMENT; TERMINATION: Notwithstanding any provision of the Terms and Conditions Agreement to the contrary, any amendments to or termination of this Arbitration Agreement do not apply to a Claim of which we have received written notice on or prior to the effective date of any such amendments or termination.