By the time you graduate, you probably have taken multiple loans. This can make the monthly payments quite overwhelming as you have to keep track of different amounts to be paid back over different dates every single month. This is where the option to consolidate multiple student loans into one can come as a huge relief.
The Benefits of Consolidation
When you consolidate your loans, you are essentially combining multiple loans into one single loan with one monthly payment. This option makes the payments more manageable and lowers the risk of missed payments or student loan default. While this strategy may sound tempting, it is not always advisable to consolidate ALL of your student loans. You must be selective about which loans you choose to consolidate.
Consolidating Federal Loans Can Lose Benefits
You have a few options when it comes to consolidating your federal loans. Most federal loans can be consolidated into the Federal Consolidation Loan (an apt name). However, consolidating the loans together can mean you lose certain benefits—such as certain repayment plans or a grace period.
Additionally, if you consolidate your federal loans with a private loan lender, you can also lose these benefits. So make sure you’ve thought everything through before committing. It can be a big help to speak with your lender first.
Consolidation does have its advantages but only if you proceed cautiously. Before you choose consolidation, read the terms and conditions of each of your loans and speak to your financial advisor so that you make an informed decision.