So, the interest rate on a consolidation loan may be higher than the underlying loans.
However, the interest rate is fixed for 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.
By the end of this post you will understand both options and have a good idea whether one, or both, are right for you.
The terms student loan consolidation and student loan refinancing are often used interchangeably, but they actually mean two very different things, and they have very different sets of pros and cons.
According to the Department of Education, you cannot consolidate a loan with the federal government that’s already been consolidated, unless you add on an additional, existing eligible loan or loans.
Federal loan consolidation can lower your monthly payment if you extend your loan term, but stretching out payments over a longer time period without an interest rate reduction can increase overall repayment costs.
If you have federal student loans and a) have too many different payments to keep track off or b) would like to qualify for different repayment plans like income-driven repayment or Public Service Loan Forgiveness, consolidation might be a good idea!
Consolidating your federal loans will give you the opportunity to consolidate multiple loans into one (lower) monthly payment, and also let you choose a new repayment term and repayment plan.
To help ease the burden of student loan payments, many borrowers opt to consolidate or refinance their student loans.
Both options have the potential to help you pay your student loans off quicker and pay less interest along the way, but there’s a lot of confusion around how they work, how they differ, and whether they’re right for you.