What is Student Loan Consolidation?
Student Loan Consolidation is the process of combining all your student loans into one loan, one payment, and one (usually) low interest rate. Your Loan Consolidator pays off all your current loans, and issues you a new loan based on the combined balances of your previous loans.
What are the benefits of Student Loan Consolidation?
- Simplify your payoff process
- Lock in a low interest rate
- One lender to deal with
- Extend the payoff term up to 30 years (note: will increase total interest paid)
- lower your monthly payment
What is the interest rate on a Student Loan Consolidation?
The interest rate of your Loan Consolidation is usually the weighted average of the interest rates on the loans being consolidated. Some Loans have a locked interest rate, and some have a variable rate (based on the current federal rate). The difference of a few tenths of a percent can mean hundreds of dollars to you, so try and get the lowest rate possible.
How much will I have to pay a month?
With Student Loan Consolidation you usually have flexible payment options, depending on your income and budget. Of course, the faster you pay it off, the less total interest principal you pay.
Who is eligible for Student Loan Consolidation?
Students having multiple college loan. Some loan consolidators will only consolidate if you have loans that add up to at least $10,000. With all the loan consolidators out there your best bet might be to go through the US government. You can consolidate at any time, during your grace period, or during your repayment period.
When do I have to start repaying?
College students usually get a 9 month grace period on repaying loans once you are out of college, or go half time or less. Although you can start paying whenever you want.
What is a Private Student Loan Consolidation?
Private student loan consolidation can combine all of your eligible private student loans together into a single loan and you may even reduce your monthly payments.* This credit-based loan has competitive interest rates and repayment terms, which may help lower your monthly loan payments.
Federal student loans are not eligible for this program.
Can I defer my loans?
Yes, if you are eligible. Deferring loans means you don’t have to pay it back yet, and interest does not accrue. If you are unemployed or are under economic hardship, the U.S. Department of Education will pay the interest that accrues during an eligible deferment period.
The number one rule is don’t default on your student loans, as then the choice is out of your hands and you end up paying a lot more than you should be. Plus, it looks bad on your credit.