Consolidating student loans can help make what feels like a mountain of college debt much more manageable.
The National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey reports that a majority of four year college graduates are carrying close to ,000 in student loan debt.
Graduate students, medical students and law students are carrying much more.
If you find yourself in any of the following situations a consolidation loan might be for you: Student loan consolidation offers students and graduates the opportunity to more successfully manage their debt obligations.
With a consolidated loan you can relive the stress of having a mountain of debt on your shoulders.
Lenders have a stake in your financial health and they would rather rewrite your loans than see you default.
The Federal government offers students the Direct Consolidation Loan to help them manage their Federal college loans.
Students who have received a Stafford, Perkins or FFEL loan are eligible for the Federal Direct Consolidation Loan only after they have graduated from college.
These loans allow students to combine existing loans into one manageable loan with a single payment schedule.
Benefits of federal loan consolidation include: Students who have private lender loans can also take advantage of loan consolidation programs.
A consolidation loan does more than just combine your existing loans.
With a consolidation loan your existing lender or a new lender will pay off you're student loans and write a new loan to cover that total.
This new loan will allow you to have one manageable monthly payment.
How do you know when it's time to talk to your lender about loan consolidation?