Consolidating student loans public and private

We start by discussing the basics of student loan consolidation and refinancing, and comparing the benefits and drawbacks of federal and private consolidation loans.We then detail a step-by-step guide to using and choosing consolidation loans.

Free online live video chat with chubby girls - Consolidating student loans public and private

A federal student loan consolidation calculator provided by US Bank was used to calculate the weighted average.

Borrowers who are out of college or are attending classes less than half-time can consolidate their federal student loans.

Getting a federal consolidation loan isn’t usually considered as “refinancing” since the interest rate of the new loan is equal to the weighted average of the loans being consolidated.

With a private consolidation loan, a private lender writes a new loan that pays off the old loans.

Because the interest rate is a weighted average and rounded up, borrowers won’t ever save money on interest by opting for a federal consolidation loan unless the loans are pre-2006 and have a variable interest rate.

The new interest rate would still be equal to the current interest rates in that situation, but it might save money in the future if the variable rates rise (the new fixed rate would stay the same).

To be eligible, borrowers must have a clean credit history and a “good” FICO credit score (“good” is 670 and above according to FICO).

Borrowers with a poor credit history may still be able to qualify if they can secure a cosigner with good credit.

The interest rate is primarily determined by the lender’s evaluation of the borrower’s credit history.

Comments are closed.