Student Loan Consolidation Guide

by : Ian Wilkie

Undergraduate students, parents and students out of college can apply for a consolidated student loan or a federal government loan to simplify their debt. One can find tons of financial intuitions and student loan consolidation experts who can guide you on how to reduce your debt by putting together all the student loans into one single amount and decrease the payable interest rate by a huge margin. This method can also help a student and parent to control their financial outcomes and pay as little as possible in bills each month. It can also be a fantastic way to have less overheads each month at the time of repayment as you will only be required to pay a single source for all your debts.

Federal student loan consolidation always requires students to compile their entire loan into one and manage them monthly. If a student is able to qualify for the federal student loan then he or she automatically qualifies for the student loan consolidation. Some popular federal loans include Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, PLUS loans, Direct Loans, HEAL, etc. Whether a student or their parents receives the loan, they can look into student loan consolidation. Though all loans can be consolidated separately but a new rule which came in effect in July 2006 barred married students from consolidating any student loans together, they have to consolidate their individual loans separately.

Loan consolidation is allowed for any students only when they has completed their education and is out of the college or is in the grace period. Students can consolidate the loan while they are in the college, whilst parents can consolidate the loan at any period of time as long as the repayment plan is detailed in a satisfactory way or the local company has stated the loan as default.

Loan consolidation can be done only from a different institution from the one who loaned the initial student loan. Doing so allows you to receive a lower interest rate and helps you makes more savings and lenders normally require you to minimize the balance with any loan consolidation.

Also federal and private loans are to be consolidated separately because federal loans offer low interest and have better advantages while private loans determine the current rate of the loans and consolidating them can be more expensive then the federal loans. Moreover interest rate can go up if a borrower extends the time period for the repayment.

Federal Loan consolidation requires no credit check and their repayment period is normally longer than that of the private student loan, also the repayment period can be between 10-20 years and depend on the amount of loan.

Federal student loans and private student loans can never be consolidated into one. They are separate entities and have different requirements and rules so they should always be consolidated on an individual basis. The major benefit of private student loans is that a student gets a single payment each month and the complete monthly amount will be lowered as consolidation takes place.

While consolidating a loan a student or the parent should research the consolidation companies and choose only the best one that offers the better services and lower interest rate.