A Guide to Student Loan Consolidation

by : Lesley Lyon



There are two main types of student loans: Federal and Private Loans. A Federal student loan is offered from the Federal Student Aid programs of the United States Department of Education. Standard banks and lending institutions offer the private student loans. To fund the students' education, both types of loans can be used. However, the above two types of loans should not be mixed together for Student Loan Debt Consolidation.

Due to expenses such as tuition fees, books and accommodation, students are likely to enter into a debt situation, as most of them may not have an income source to meet these expenses while studying. Therefore their debts increase and cannot be managed. The best method to handle unmanageable debts is to choose a student debt consolidation loan in such situations.

The Student debt consolidation loan is made exclusively for offering solutions to the debt problems that are faced by students. With the student debt consolidation loan, you can transform all your debts into a single debt. In other words, you make a single monthly payment to the lender and the lender pays your multiple debts, which also lowers your debt payment burden. By applying online, you can save money as well as precious time.

By choosing a student debt consolidation loan, you can save some amount of money because the interest rates are low and with negotiation, the amount of debt payment can also be reduced. Ensure that before accepting an offer, you have compared with similar offers to get a competitive deal. Details of rate of Interest, overhead and other costs, and the terms and conditions are to be considered while comparing and all the clauses of the loan agreement should be thoroughly read as any unfavorable clause can land you in problems for making regular repayments. It is quite easy for applying for a student debt consolidation loan. You can even find application forms online from many private lenders. You can choose federal student consolidation loans or private college education consolidation loans. Both the Federal Family Education Loan and Federal Direct Loan programs provide student loan consolidation.

You should review the advantages and the disadvantages before choosing student loan debt consolidation. As already said you can make a single loan payment through debt consolidation. Your can avail an extended repayment term varying from 10 to 30 years depending on your loan amount balance. Ensure that your chosen repayment plan can meet all your other monthly payment needs apart from having a good credit rating during that time, when you negotiate with your lender. Usually for the student loan debt consolidation, rate of interest is about 8.25 % for federal student loans. Also remember that once this interest rate is fixed, any fall in future interest rates cannot be taken advantage of. No fees will be charged for student loan debt consolidation. Also note that once you obtain the loan approval for student loan debt consolidation, you cannot undo, as your previous loan repayments would have been paid in full by your present lender.

If you can negotiate a suitable repayment plan with your debt consolidation lender, you can also get debt consolidation for your unfulfilled or over due student loans. Married couples can also mix the individual student loans together regardless of the previous dues, before consolidation. However they should agree to pay the consolidated amount.