Fifth Third Bancorp leads $50M CommonBond Series D

Student loan refinancing and consolidation company CommonBond announced a $50M Series D financing round this week.

Fifth Third Capital Holdings, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fifth Third Bancorp, led the round, with First Republic Bank  and Columbia Seligman Investments also participating in addition to existing investors Neuberger Berman, August Capital, and Nyca Partners. This latest round brings CommonBond’s total funding raised to over $130M. CommonBond will use this new funding to accelerate its growth and invest further in technology.

David Klein

David Klein

“This round of equity powers our expansion as a leader in fintech, enabling more ways for us to improve the financial health of our members,” said David Klein, CommonBond CEO and co-founder. “We’ve set out to build a great company for the long term by focusing on the fundamentals – exceptional customer experience, best-in-class technology, and a culture of respect and discipline. I’m incredibly proud of the team for maintaining maniacal focus on our customers and broader stakeholders, positioning the company exceedingly well to continue scaling on behalf of our members.”

In February, Fast Company named CommonBond one of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, and the most innovative company in education.

“At Fifth Third, we recognize that student debt is the number one challenge our millennial customers face,” said Tim Spence, head of payments, strategy, and digital solutions at Fifth Third Bank. “CommonBond has built an industry-leading digital proposition that delivers a memorable experience and helps its members save thousands on their student loans so they can finance their dreams. We are pleased to support CommonBond’s continued growth and look forward to working with them to bring powerful capabilities to market.”

CommonBond offers a complete suite of student loan solutions, including refinance loans for graduates, new loans for current students, and student loan benefits for employees through its CommonBond for Business platform. To date, the company has funded more than $1.5 billion in loans and signed more than 200 CommonBond for Business partners.

“We are proud to support an outstanding innovator in finance,” said Jim Herbert, founder, chairman and CEO of First Republic Bank. “And we look forward to CommonBond’s continued advancement in this space.”