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Obtaining Student Loan Consolidation Information

Aug 17, 2007
If you are still trying to decide whether or not college student loan consolidation is right for you, you may need to do some research, and learn all the facts before you can make an informed decision. Not knowing all the facts could lead you into making the wrong decision about the subject, as well as cause you to get a higher interest rate on your debt. The following paragraphs will provide you with tips and advice for researching and seeking out student loan consolidation information.

The first place you should visit in order to obtain more information is the financial aid office at your learning institution. Most schools are staffed with a knowledgeable and professional group of people, who will usually be more than happy to provide you with all the information you could need. If, for some reason, you do not find the information you need at your school's financial aid office, or if you cannot get to your school's student financial aid office, there are other ways to obtain the information you need.

Another place to request useful information is from the holders of your original student loans. Generally, the holders of your original loans will be able to provide you with information that will help you to determine if you qualify for refinancing or student loan consolidation. If your loan holders do not have the information you need, they can likely direct you as to where to find it. If you do not wish to request the information from the lending institution who gave you your student loans, you can research and find the information you need on your own.

Lastly, the internet is a great tool in assisting you with finding information on your own. By utilizing your favorite search engine, you can generate vast amount of information with just a few clicks of your mouse. When you are getting your information from the internet, be sure to always verify the source of it to insure it's validity.

Before you make any final decisions, you should make sure you have all the facts. You should always evaluate how consolidating school loans can be an advantage to you, as well as how it could be a disadvantage. Weigh all your options, and do your research before making any final decisions.

Is A Federal Student Consolidation the Answer?

Many college students and college graduates get behind in their bills in part due to repayment of private or federal student loans
If you are thinking about federal student loan consolidation as a way to help relieve debt, there are many things to consider. The following paragraphs will discuss what you should know before you apply for it, as well as offer what type of student loans qualify.

When you are considering federal be very clear on interest rates. You must consider several factors including:

length of the loan
type of interest rates being offered
total pay back of consolidated loan payment vs. total pay back amount of total unconsolidated loan payments

By doing some research on the subject, and considering all of these above factors, you will be able to make a better informed decision about your financial future. But there are many advantages associated with the federal solution that make people give it consideration, even if they end up repaying more money in the end with this decision.

One huge benefit of federal student loan consolidation is the payment is often lower than the combined payments of all your student loans added together. Since you are given the option of longer length on the loan when you consolidate, the monthly payment is almost always lower than the total unconsolidated payments combined together.

Another benefit that often sways students to consolidate their federal debt and private student debt is a fixed interest rate. When you participate in federal or private student loan consolidation, you can be guaranteed your interest rate will never change throughout the entire duration of your payback time. Most federal and private student loan interest rates are variable, which means they can change at anytime, without much prior notice.

There are many types of federal loans that can qualify for consolidation, these include:

Federal Perkins Loans
Federal Stafford Loans
Federal Direct Loans
Federal Parent Loans
Nursing Student Loans
and more

Be sure to take some time to research before making any decisions, and be sure to check and see if your type of federal loans qualify for consolidation. Knowledge is the key. The more you know about the subject the better informed you will be before making any final decisions.
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