By now you should know the basics behind student loan consolidation and refinancing.
Now, we would like to present unbiased descriptions of the eleven major student loan consolidation companies.
According to Student Aid.gov, the following types of student loans are eligible for consolidation: • Direct Subsidized Loans • Direct Unsubsidized Loans • Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans • Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans • Direct PLUS Loans • PLUS Loans from the FFEL Program • Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS) • Federal Perkins Loans • Federal Nursing Loans • Health Education Assistance Loans • Some previous consolidation loans When you consolidate your Federal student loans, you will get a new loan through the Department of Education, which you can then setup a repayment plan that works for you.
The interest rate will also be fixed at the current Federal Direct loan rate.
Using student loans to pay for could cost you a whole lot more.
The average college graduate in 2016, who took out student loans, owes ,172, a 6% increase from 2015.
Please note, from here on out, we consider "consolidation" and "refinancing" the same thing.
By combining your loans into a single loan, you can have one single bill, and you may even be able to lower your payments.
Your new loan typically has a lower interest rate, saving you money, or a lower monthly payment, making repayment more manageable.
We’ve created this guide to help borrowers better understand the emerging student loan refinancing and consolidation industry.
One of the best places to start looking is the federal Direct Consolidation Loan program.
If you did borrow money for college, chances are you received a new loan each semester.