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Student loan consolidation? How? When?

I am due to start paying lmy federal student loans back in September. How do I even begin the consolidation process, or possibly deferrment of my loan payments for another six months. Any help would be great.


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2 Responses to "Student loan consolidation? How? When?"

  1. patticharron says:
    Hopefully your loans are all from the same lender. If they are, the lender will put them together in a package so that you can pay one monthly payment.

    If your loans are from more than one lender, you can ask one of the lenders to purchase the other loans to “consolidate” them with the one they hold.

    It is your responsibility to follow up and get all your loan paper in one place. Just because you ask a lender to consolidate your loans does not mean it will happen, so you must be conscientous about follow-up.

    Be very very careful of big lenders like CitiCorp who offer to reduce your loan payment to next to nothing, etc. What they are doing is lowering the interest and in some cases extending the repayment period over 30 and 40 years. In this case, you end up paying thousands and thousands of dollars in interest that you shouldn’t have.

    As for deferment, go to the lender’s website and read about deferment. There are a number of reasons you can defer your loan payments, including continuing education at least half time, active military duty, Peace Corps, some fellowships, etc.

    If you apply for a deferment, you must make sure that you process the papers for each and every loan unless they have been gathered together in one place. If you have two or three lenders, filing a deferment on one loan will not apply to the others.

    Visit the Stafford loan site and get more details about consolidation and deferments.

  2. Nessy says:
    In the loan consolidation process, all your student loans are brought together into 1. You began by one way only: Call the company that provided your loan and ask them that you want to consolidate your loans. You can ask for a deferment. They can give you 6 months after graduating ONLY.

    This is my recommendations:

    *** I have always used Sallie Mae. A lot of students are REALLY happy with their services. Their years of experience and lending allows me to trust them. They consolidation process is really simple.

    Let me add some suggestions on how to lower your student loans too!

    1) Debt management programs may also reduce your payments, but they work differently. A debt management agency acts as a middleman between you and your creditors and tries to negotiate a reduction in the interest rates or fees on your loans. You then pay an agreed amount to the debt management or credit counseling agency, and they disburse the payment (usually minus a fee) to your creditors. Participation in a debt management plan usually shows up on your credit report, and may adversely affect your credit rating.

    2) Debt negotiation is the act of settling a debt for less than what you owe. You pay a part of what you owe to a creditor, and the creditor writes off the rest of the debt. Credit card companies often offer lump-sum settlements as a way to recoup part of their losses. While you end up owing less, a settlement will bruise your credit, badly. Worse still, third-party companies that offer debt negotiation have been known to disguise their practices as consolidation, and these companies frequently charge exorbitant fees while simply passing along payments to your original creditors, sometimes failing to even negotiate any difference in your repayment terms.

    ***The last thing to do is to refinance your loans to get the BEST INTEREST RATE possible!*** (This is done AFTER you consolidate your loans)

    5 steps to successfully refinance your loans

    STEP 1:
    Make sure your credit is in good standing. This is essential for getting more favorable terms.

    Get a copy of your free credit report. This can be achieved online through one or all of the three major agencies, such as Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Review it and make sure to fix any problems.

    STEP 3:
    Consolidate your federal loans and private loans separately. Compare rates from different lenders. Shop around, check the Internet, your bank, as well as your original lender.

    Work with your lenders to refinance your loans. Extend your repayment period, lower your interest rate or consolidate your payments into one monthly bill according to your needs.

    Research your options. You can consolidate private loans and federal loans together, but this usually yields less favorable terms.


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