General Questions
  1. How does the Citizens One Payment Plan help me build my credit?
    The key ingredient in building a person's credit score is having a credit history with a good track record of making payments.  Paying on time is important in developing a good credit score.

  2. What are the interest rates offered?
    The interest rates range from 11.99%-19.99%.  You will be able to compare your interest rates and APR if you are approved.

  3. What is the difference between interest rate and APR?
    The interest rate is the cost to borrow the money disbursed in the loan.   The APR is the total cost of the loan over its life, including costs and fees.

Application Questions
  1. Who can apply for the Citizens One Payment Plan loan?
    Applicants may be college students, parents of college students, and/or faculty of secondary or post secondary institutions. Co-Borrowers may be any credit worthy individual willing to apply jointly with the applicant.  All applicants must have a social security number and a valid U.S. address.

  2. When should I apply with a Co-Borrower?
    You should apply with a Co-Borrower if:

    • You are 18+ but are new to a credit product or loan.
    • You have established credit and do not currently have an income.
  3. Can you give me a brief overview of how the Citizens One Payment Plan and my Apple purchase will work together?
    There are 5 steps:

    1. Apply for the Citizens One Payment Plan to find out how much you can borrow for your Apple purchase.  You will receive a loan number once approved.
    2. Shop at the Apple Online Store for Education Check out with your loan number.
    3. Choose your term.
    4. E-sign your documents to finalize the loan.
    5. Make your monthly payments (you can set up automatic payments).
  4. What information will I need before getting started with the application?
    Most of the information we need from you is straight forward.  To make the application process as fast as possible, you should have your SSN with you when applying.  If you have your bank account details, you can set up automated payments before finishing the application.

    If you are applying with a Co-Borrower, give them a heads-up and tell them to look out for emails from Citizens One about the Payment Plan and how to apply.

  5. What is the process for a Co-Borrower?

    1. Upon receiving an email invitation to be a Co-Borrower, follow the link provided to complete the Co-Borrower portion of the application.
    2. After the applicant has shopped and e-signed their loan documents, an email will be sent to the Co-Borrower to prompt them to e-sign their portion of the loan documents.
  6. Who could be a Co-Borrower and what does it mean for that person?
    A Co-Borrower must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident living at a valid U.S. address, and needs to be at least 18 years of age with an established credit history.  This can be a parent, family member or guardian.

    A Co-Borrower can help you apply for credit and build a credit history for the future and will be responsible for the loan payments if you fail to make payments.  This loan will appear on the Co-Borrower's credit report.

  7. Do I use my University dorm address or my permanent address?
    Please use your permanent home address for your Citizens One Payment Plan application.

  8. How much may I finance?
    The Citizens One Payment Plan is available to finance purchases starting at $399.  You will be approved for a maximum amount based on your credit history that you can use to make a one-time purchase on the Apple Online Store.

  9. How can I check the status of my loan application?
    Applicants and Co-Borrowers may check their loan application status by logging into our website with their username and password.  Also, applicants who include a cell phone number in their application may choose to receive updates and messages from the Citizens One Payment Plan Application Assistant.

  10. When will I receive my Apple purchase(s) after check out?
    Your order will be pending until you (and your Co-Borrower, if applicable) have finalized and signed your loan.  You will then receive an email from Apple to let you know when your purchase has shipped.

  11. Can I pay for some of my purchase with a gift card and cover the rest with my loan?
    At this time, a split payment is not available.  You will need to apply for a Citizens One Payment Plan to cover the entire shopping cart.

  12. Can I make an additional purchase with my Citizens One Payment Plan?
    Your Citizens One Payment Plan is for a one-time purchase.  To make an additional purchase you will need to submit a new application.

  13. Why do I need a loan number and where can I find it?
    Once you have been approved, you will be issued a loan number that you will need to use during check out to complete your purchase.  Your loan number will be displayed on the screen at time of credit approval.  You will also receive an email notification when your loan number is available, guiding you to log in to your account under the Citizens One Payment Plan and retrieve your loan number.

Servicing and Repayment Questions
  1. What if I am unable to make a payment on time?
    You will receive reminders when your payments are due along the way.  If you feel you can't make the payments, please contact us at (855) 376-3159 for help.

  2. Where can I find a receipt of my purchase?
    You will find a copy of your receipt in your Apple account.

  3. Can I pay off my loan earlier?
    Yes.  You can choose to make additional payments and you will not be charged any early repayment fees.

  4. When are my payments due?
    Your payments will be due on a monthly basis beginning 30-45 days from your initial shipment.  You will receive an email to let you know when your payments are due.  Automatic payments can also be set-up, which is a great way to build your credit with on-time payments.

    Firstmark Services is a trusted partner selected by Citizens One for servicing your loan, and is your primary point of contact for all items regarding loan payment. Upon receiving your shipment(s), please visit Firstmark Services in order to view monthly payment amount, make payments or change your payment details.

  5. What if I need to return my purchase?
    You will follow the Apple return policy and the return will be deducted from your loan balance.

  6. What if my purchase is lost or stolen?
    You are advised to insure your equipment so that you will receive the funds to replace the equipment.