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Consolidating Federal and Private Student Loans

Aug 23, 2008
There is little doubt that higher education is highly beneficial in that it offers a definate advantage in the competitive job market of today's weak economy. However, when it comes to paying for tuition many people, including students and their families, simply cannot comprehend how they will be able to afford it. The tuition by itself is not a realistic goal for a large group of people, and when you add to this the staggering price of textbooks and the cost of living, the prospects are certainly bleak at best. As the cost of higher education continues to rise, so does the demand from the student population for student loans. A student that can make ends meet with a part time job this year may not be able to meet a 6% tuition increase next year. That's simple economics. Once the time comes to pay off the student loans, many young graduates find themselves unable to make the necessary minimum monthly payments. The result is a downward spiral of being in debit and not being quite able to make ends meet. In order to bring down the overall burden of paying for the student loans, many are opting for debit consolidation loans.

There are many different financial institutions that specialize in debit consolidation loans, and student loans generally are covered under this area as well. And remember, you cannot bankrupt yourself out of student loans. They follow you forever! Therefore, debit consolidation is a realistic alternative for those looking to further pay down the accumulating interest that come part and parcel with student loans.

There are two basic types of student loans. One is a federally subsidized loan, which has government financial backing. This means that these loans can be easily refinanced at lower interest rates. The other type of student loan comes from private companies. These loans are usually unsecured loans, and as the rule goes, if the bank can't take assets equivalent to the value of the loan in the vent of a default, they're going to want to make more money from it to cover their risk. In other words, unsecured private loans have higher interest rates than government subsidized loans. If a student has accumulated both types of loans, make every effort to pay off the private loans first and consolidate the federal loans. The private loans are costing you more money, so get rid of them first.
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Allen Wright is a freelance writer who covers whatever financial topics hold his interest. Find out the next steps to take for debit consolidation and other debit consolidation loans here.
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