Your repayment term will generally start within 60 days of when your consolidation loan is first disbursed and will be based on your total federal student loan balance, among other factors.If you’re considering either federal or private student loan consolidation in order to get a drastically lower loan bill, look further into income-driven repayment instead.
Here’s how: Federal loan consolidation doesn’t have a credit requirement, and it offers the benefit of a single loan bill and potentially lower payments.
But it’s only for federal loans, and it won’t cut your interest rate.
There's too many accounts to keep track of, a stack of bills on your desk each month, and if you fall behind, a steady drumbeat of phone messages from creditors who want to be paid.
In these circumstances, debt consolidation may be helpful. There are two main debt consolidation options: debt consolidation by taking out a loan, and debt consolidation programs such as those offered by American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) that do not require you to borrow.
You’ll save money if your new loan has a lower interest rate.
Your financial history — including your credit score, income, job history and educational background — will dictate your new interest rate when you refinance.
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These processes are often confused, but they’re very different.
Although this approach has the basic appeal of consolidating your debt into one monthly payment, there are significant costs and risks involved: As one of the nation's leading non-profit debt management agencies, ACCC offers a way to consolidate unsecured personal debts without having to borrow more money. In short, we work out an arrangement with your creditors whereby you make one consolidated payment to ACCC each month and we then make the monthly payments to your creditors.
What are the benefits to this approach to debt consolidation, beyond simplifying your monthly payment requirements?
One common approach to debt consolidation involves taking out a loan.