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Top Reasons To Consolidate Your College Loans

Oct 4, 2007
If you know the benefits of college loan consolidation than you should know it can save you thousands of dollars each year which is money you could have saved to pay for your education of even a much needed holiday.

To understand how loan consolidation works is very simple. When you consolidate something it means to unite into one system or combining. So when you consolidate a college loan it means that you put all your current loans and unite them into one loan.

How College Loan Consolidation Works
Suppose you have a college loan with lender 1 and you're paying 5% interest on that college loan every year. Then the following year you needed another loan to pay for summer school, new books, equipment, and so forth. So you go to lender 2 and get a new loan at 6%. Suppose the following year you decide to change courses and you require new books again. So you go to lender 3 and get a new college loan at 6.5%.

Now this is how you consolidate your college loan to save you money. Go to lender 4 and get all your 3 loans consolidated into 1 loan with lender 4. Lender 4 will pay off your existing debt with the 3 other lenders and give you a new interest rate for example at 4.5%. By consolidating your college loans you can save thousands per year and here's another example.

Suppose you have a loan for $25,000 and you pay around $260 per month at 5% in interest. If you consolidate your loan you can pay around $150 per month which is a saving of $110 a month. Because you only pay off one lender you don't have to pay all the necessary management fees and high interest rates.

So the real question now is how do I find a good lender to consolidate my college loans? Here's a simple tip. Search online for "consolidate college loans" and visit at least 20 websites. Read carefully what all the consolidation loans offer. The 2 most important things you need to know are.
1. What is the interest rate?
2. What additional fees do you have to pay at the start, at the end and every month if any?

Get around 5 different consolidate college loan lenders and compare their rates. Then it's a matter of narrowing down to find the best lender for you. Good luck with you education and I hope it pays of itself when you find the right job.
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