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Private Student Loans - How They Work

Jul 26, 2008
The last thing most students think about when they are applying for private student loans is how difficult it could be to keep up with the payments. After all, these loans don't have to be repaid until after graduation and then they should have the money because of the wonderful career they will surely have in place...

The problem comes in when you either don't have that career right away, it doesn't pay like you thought it would, and/or you have loans with interest rates that vary - usually increasing. Added to that is the fact that you can have several different payments to make every month and you have to keep track of all of them.

When you consolidate your student loans, you put it all into one place with a fixed interest rate that is lower than you have been paying. Paying off the loan will take longer, but for most people, it is much easier to make one low payment rather than several payments that equal up to a much higher amount.
You may consolidate these loans even before you are done with school and have to start paying on them.

When you are taking your first steps out into the world of employment and life building, it is good to have the confidence that you can afford your bills.
If you make the right choice in consolidation companies and have a good credit score, private student loan consolidation is an excellent idea. If you have bad credit, increasing your score by 100 points will get you an even better interest rate.

There is a downside of course. The downside is that if you are making smaller payments you are going to have to pay for a longer period of time and because of the interest adding up, you will pay more than you would have originally paid before consolidation. Still, a lower monthly payment can make life easier by freeing up money to be placed in a savings account and/or used to pay other bills.
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