Shopping for a Student Loan Consolidation Program

By: Guy Ray

About two thirds of college students are using student loans to pay for college. If you plan on using student loans to pay for your education then there are a few things you need to do . The first thing is plan ahead and understand what options you have when it comes to repaying your student loan. Keep in mind that every dollar you borrow must be repaid with interest. It's easy to look at a 200 dollar per month payment and think no problem but when you also have rent, electric and all of those other bills to pay 200 dollars a month can be a lot more than it seems. Budgeting calculators are available on most money lenders sites. These calculators can help you determine how much you can afford to pay back. They take into account your monthly expenses and compare those expenses to the estimated salary you think you can earn once you graduate. Know how much you need to borrow and don't borrow more than you need. By borrowing more than you can afford you run the risk of defaulting on the loan. Which means you run the risk of not being able to pay back what you borrowed. Defaulting on a loan and having it sent to a credit agency is not how you want to start your career. A bad mark on your credit history can haunt you forever. One of the good things about student consolidation loans is that you won't have to shop around. One student consolidation loan is pretty much going to look like the next. Because student consolidation loans are usually secured by the government there won't be a real big difference in the interest rates or terms depending on which company you go to.

Know that there are a few things that can stop you from getting a student consolidation loan. If you are behind in payments most lenders will not consider you for a student consolidation loan. Private education loans, loans made by private lenders, are not eligible for a student consolidation loan but may be eligible for a private consolidation loan. Of course it goes without saying that only student loans can be eligible for student consolidation loans.

Last and most important is what you will need to apply for a student consolidation loan. This falls into three categories, personal information, reference information and current loan information. The personal information you will need will be your date of birth, address, phone number, drivers license and email address. The reference information you will need will be the name, addresses and phone numbers of two references. You will also need your current loan information which will include the loan type, loan holder, interest rate and balance. Student consolidation loans can be a great way to consolidate all of your loans into one payment. The student consolidation loan can often be lower than what you are paying for all your other loans. The interest rates may be a little higher but in the end you will save money.

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