Student loan consolidation or refinancing can be a great tool to use for those looking to save on, or simplify, their monthly payments, but going that route can also have serious consequences if not approached carefully – there are even student loan consolidations scams to be aware of.
That’s why we created this guide – to give borrowers a useful resource that empowers them to choose if student loan consolidation is right for them and which type may best suit their needs.
Additionally, certain lenders only offer loans to those who have graduated or have completed a specific type of degree.
Federal and private consolidation loans both have unique advantages and drawbacks – not one option is right for everyone.
However, private loans can’t be included in a federal consolidation loan.
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.
The new Direct Consolidation Loan provides a single fixed interest rate that is equal to the weighted average of all the loans being consolidated, and the interest rate is rounded up to the nearest eighth of a percent (0.123%).
A weighted average means that the loans with a higher balance influence the interest rate more than loans with a smaller balance – the overall impact of each old loan on the new interest rate is proportional to the comparative balance of that loan.
We start by discussing the basics of student loan consolidation and refinancing, and comparing the benefits and drawbacks of federal and private consolidation loans.