Benefits to consolidating debt
You can complete and submit the application online, or you can download and print a paper application from Student for submission by U. The consolidation servicer will be your point of contact for any questions you may have related to your consolidation application.
Unless the loans you want to consolidate are in a deferment, forbearance, or grace period, it’s important for you to continue making payments on those loans until your consolidation servicer tells you that they have been paid off by your new Direct Consolidation Loan.
Loan consolidation can also give you access to additional loan repayment plans and forgiveness programs. If you want to lower your monthly payment amount but are concerned about the impact of loan consolidation, you might want to consider deferment or forbearance as options for short-term payment relief, or consider switching to an income-driven repayment plan for longer-term payment relief.
There is no application fee to consolidate your federal education loans into a Direct Consolidation Loan. Department of Education (ED) or ED’s consolidation loan servicers. Once your loans are combined into a Direct Consolidation Loan, they cannot be removed.
Repayment of a Direct Consolidation Loan will begin within 60 days after the loan is disbursed (paid out).
Your loan servicer will let you know when the first payment is due.
The difference is that this time, you only have to worry about a single loan.
A longer repayment period also means you’re paying more interest, which may not be beneficial in the long run.Direct PLUS Loans received by parents to help pay for a dependent student’s education cannot be consolidated together with federal student loans that the student received.A Direct Consolidation Loan has a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan.This depends on where you are in the consolidation process.
To ask questions about consolidating your loans before you apply for a Direct Consolidation Loan, contact the Student Loan Support Center at 1-800-557-7394.
It’s natural for you to feel “liberated” since a huge responsibility was taken off your shoulders.