Student Loan Consolidation Basics

By Michael Fleischner

For students attending college or graduate school, paying student loans is a key concern. When considering how you are going to pay back your loans, you have many options available. If you are like most students, you have more than one loan. Student loan consolidation is a great way to simplify your repayment process.

Loan consolidation is essentially the process of taking multiple loans from different providers and paying that loan with a single umbrella loan from a single provider. There are significant benefits when you take this approach. The result is a lower payment amount and simple repayment process.

Under loan consolidation, you have a single lender and only one monthly payment to handle. Consolidated loans usually have a few repayments options. You should research these options and decide which works best for your current situation.

Repayment options include standard repayment where you make a fixed sum payment for up to ten years. If the monthly amount is too much for your budget, you can extend your payment for a longer time period of up to 30 years. The third option, which is relatively new to loan consolidation lenders is the graduated repayment schedule.

With graduated repayment, you make payments over an extended time period, much like the extended repayment option, but payments are not fixed. Each year, or every two years, your payment amount increases. This graduated payment schedule is ideal for individuals who need the lowest repayment option available early in the repayment process.

Consider that once a loan is consolidated your interest rate is fixed even though graduated repayment requires a change in this rate every two years. This means that you must make an equal payment each month. This is important when you are repaying a consolidated loan or any loan for that matter. Not repaying your loan in a timely manner can result in default, hurting your credit rating and ability to borrow.

A good way to make sure you pay your loan in a timely manner is by discussing your repayment options with your lender. By using direct deposit and automated withdrawal, your best bet is to have your monthly payments automatically taken from your account each month. By setting up an automatic payment program, you can pay your debt sooner and easier than trying to remember the need to write a check.

When you begin repaying your student loans, consider loan consolidation. Student loan consolidation simplifies the repayment process and gives you flexible repayment options. Consider a budget that allows you to make your payments in a timely manner. More importantly, find a reputable lender who can work with you as you enter the workforce and seek to pay your debt. - 31382

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