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Loan Consolidation

Loan Consolidation

The majority of lenders offer student loan consolidation programs to student borrowers. Careful research and planning should precede a decision to consolidate your outstanding student loans. Please refer to our summary below of the advantages and disadvantages of a loan consolidation program.

The Department of Education maintains a website which contains more detailed information regarding loan consolidation at www.direct.ed.gov.

Advantages and Disadvantages
There are certain advantages with loan consolidation, including:

  • lower interest rate
    lower monthly payments
    flexible repayment terms
    one payment to one bank

There are also certain disadvantages with loan consolidation, including:

  • more interest paid over the life of the loan with an extended repayment period
  • borrower benefits can change (deferment, grace period, etc.)