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.
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%).
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).
The basics of federal and private consolidation loans are outlined below.
How Federal Consolidation Loans Work Borrowers can combine multiple (at least two or more) federal loans into a single Direct Consolidation Loan (this is the only federal consolidation loan available).
The interest rate is primarily determined by the lender’s evaluation of the borrower’s credit history.