Dean Wildman

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About Dean

Dean Wildman is the Director of U‑fi Student Loans and is an expert in many aspects of education finance. A graduate of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Dean has worked in various education loan marketing, finance, and operational capacities for over 20 years.

Dean's Recent Articles

What You Can Do to Improve Your Credit Score

Have you ever applied for a loan from a bank and wondered why you were quoted a certain interest rate? I remember when I applied for a loan to buy my first house. I had taken out a few student loans...

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Get Your Financial House in Order

At the end of each year, I take the time to review my personal finances to see how I’m progressing towards my goals and to make any needed course corrections. I refer to this annual ritual...

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Personal Loans Can Help Cure Post-holiday Credit Card Blues

The holidays have come and gone. You may be feeling a bit relieved that all the seasonal hustle and bustle is over. Sure, it may be a bit cold outside and work is back in full swing, but things are looking good...

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Student Loan Refinancing and Consolidation: Which One is Right for You?

If you have student loan debt, you have most likely heard the terms “student loan consolidation” and “student loan refinancing”. Although they sound similar and are often used interchangeably...

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Choosing Your Private Student Loan Repayment Options – Part II

With the numerous private student loan repayment options available, selecting the right one can seem a bit overwhelming. However, with a little bit of knowledge, you have the power to make a more educated decision...

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Choosing Your Private Student Loan Repayment Options – Part I

When taking out private student loans or refinancing current student loans, many borrowers focus on either the interest rate of the loan or how much their monthly payments will be. This certainly makes sense...

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Student Loan Refinance: How To Look Beyond The Numbers

You’ve made your decision. You are going to refinance your student loans. You’ve done the research. You’ve compared a number of student loan refinance programs and done side-by-side calculations to see which ones have the lowest...

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Understanding Your Credit Report and What Student Loan Lenders Look For

When you decide to apply for a new private student loan, or refinance your existing federal and private student loans, you can expect to have your credit history and credit score checked by the lender to ensure you are a good credit risk...

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Understanding Student Loan Interest Rates and APRs

If you’ve ever taken out or refinanced your student loans, you probably know the interest rate of your loan and may have seen the letters ‘APR’ on your statement, which stand for Annual Percentage Rate. Understanding...

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When to Consider Refinancing Student Loans

Should I consolidate or refinance my student loans? At U‑fi Student Loans, we get this question daily and it’s one every person with student loan debt should ask themselves...

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