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The Benefits To Consolidate Your Student Loan

Dec 27, 2007
Anyone who has taken out a student loan, or several of them, must consider a student loan consolidation. This is a way to combine all of the outstanding loans that has been borrowed to pay for his or her post secondary education.

It can significantly reduce the overall monthly payment amount, while locking in a lower interest rate. However, before you hurry out to consolidate, there are a few things to consider and to keep in mind.

When you took out your loans for educational purposes, it was a lengthy process filled with paperwork. At the time you probably paid little attention to the details of the agreements, such as how long you had as a grace period before repayment was to begin, what type of interest rate you would be charged and even how much the total amount of loans would be as you continued through school. Many students do not pay attention to how much money they are taking out each semester, only to be shell shocked when the first notification for payment arrives after graduation.

Just as with college student credit card debt, the educational loan you took out has to be repaid. But the total payment can often be too high for recent college graduates who have just entered the workforce. A loan consolidation is the best option for having a lender combine each loan with a common interest rate.

Then, you pay that fee which is usually lower than the combined payments from before. There are some pitfalls though and you must be aware of them before signing your name.

Student loan consolidation only works for loans from the Federal government. It does not apply to student credit card debt that was wracked up on a Mastercard or Visa student credit card while attending school. It does not matter if the credit cards were used for tuition, books or fees.

Only someone who received a Federal student loan can apply. You can also consolidate loans that your parent's took out on your behalf through the Federal government, but private bank loans are not valid.

A student loan consolidation is a great way to lower your payments and get the entire balance under control with one interest rate. The key is knowing what is expected of you. If the lender is asking for a monthly payment that could be hard to meet, shop around before agreeing. You do not want to default on payments.

In case of an emergency, you may not be able to defer your payments which could lead to legal action being taken against you. Do your research and you will come out ahead, while protecting your financial future.
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