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More Chances With The Student Loan
By Amelie Mag
Today, college education is crucial in all civilized countries. However, getting a college diploma, even if you area hard-working student, is not cheap at all. In most cases the student is left with big debts and, therefore a bad financial situation. Luckily, paying college studies has become easier because of financial programs (which were launched particularly for this reason) and because of the student loan. Student loan consolidation programs, as they are called, were created with the purpose to help college payments from the very beginning.

Because only one student loan is not enough, and a person has to have several, the student consolidation loan program comes as a helping hand. One student loan or more, as useful as it is, can leave (in most cases) the college graduate with his hands full of debts. If the student reaches a point when he feels he is not able to pay his monthly bills from all his student loans anymore, he may still have a chance to make it through.

Once offered only through banks and other lending institutions, the student consolidation loan program is now available in the form of the direct loan consolidation also. A direct loan consolidation is borrowed directly from the Federal Government, which promotes lower interest rates. It is a strong competitor for the other student consolidation loan programs.

A student consolidation loan helps make the payment of the already existing loans easier. Like the student consolidation loan, the direct consolidation loan has the role to turn a multitude of debts created through loans by a person into only one student loan with one monthly bill, one interest and one contract. This makes the direct loan consolidation more practical and easy to keep count of than a sum of student loans.

Having many advantages, the direct loan consolidation is very popular among students. It is quite simple to obtain because any student with a degree and a minimum outstanding balance of $10,000 in federal loans is eligible to receive a direct loan consolidation. Before consolidating a student loan, some parameters should be taken into consideration because offers can differ in matters of deferment, interest rates or the contract period.

The greatest part of the student consolidation loan program is the financial benefit (as it should be) - up to 40-50 percent reduction of monthly payment. This is possible by choosing from a payment period of 10 up to 30 years. Besides these benefits, direct loan consolidation offers the possibility of choosing between up to 4 payment plans, depending on needs.

Like any aspect of financing, not all is pink. A student consolidation loan has disadvantages as well which can make people wonder if it is truly worth the effort to consolidate the student loan. One of the downsides is that, once the student loan is consolidated, it cannot be “unconsolidated”.


The most interesting alternative to consolidating the student loan is making the existing student loans be cancelled altogether. Although it might sound strange, there are several student loan “forgiveness” options such as volunteering or working for the government in a low-income area as a teacher or a doctor. However, once consolidated, the student loan can no not be canceled anymore. It isn’t very wise to consolidate the student loan when you are close to finishing payments. If the payment is stepped up and some interest is saved, it could be more rewarding financially speaking.

Several types of student loans have different features. There might be a chance your student loan has individual advantages that should not be overlooked, especially when considering going back to school. Looking up some offers through the Internet or calculating a theoretical interest on some special websites should help the student make the decision easier.

All in all, after the research part is done and all options are taken into consideration, it is up to each person to decide what choice is the right one: consolidating with a student consolidation loan or keep paying each student loan separately.


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