After graduation, many people find themselves with multiple federal education loans to pay off.
Some may consider consolidation, which makes repayment easier by combining the existing debt into a single loan.
Loan consolidation can be helpful for borrowers who want to combine their eligible federal student loans into a single Direct Consolidation Loan.It's important to understand and carefully consider all factors before consolidating.For people looking at consolidation, it is important to look carefully at the interest rate you will be getting, because if the interest rate is higher than the current rate you are paying, making use of the consolidation loan doesn't add up at all.Our best advice is to speak to a financial company that will be able to assist you, to make sure what is the best debt option for you.Debt consolidation offers people in debt basically a lifeline, in the sense that you can consolidate all your debts under 1 loan and then repay only the instalment on that loan.
With consolidation, the administrators will negotiate with your creditors on your outstanding debt and then arrange for repayment terms and conditions.
Depending upon the total balance you are consolidating, you may extend the repayment period for up to 30 years with consolidation.
The extended period makes the monthly payment amount more manageable; however, the longer your loans are in repayment, the more interest you will pay over the life of the loan.
Learn more about Direct Consolidation Loans on the Federal Student Aid site Apply now at Student Private student loans are NOT eligible for consolidation into a Direct Consolidation Loan.
You may also add eligible loans to your existing Direct Consolidation Loan using the form below – if you are within 180 days of the date we paid off the first loans you are consolidating.
After 180 days, you will need to apply for a new Direct Consolidation Loan.