Consolidating student loans are often requiring making number of loans already taken into a one or two loans with a view to minimize the number of monthly payments into one or two.
A) What are consolidated student loans:
Multiple numbers of student loans had to take so as to cover the expensive educational cost like tuition fees, book, boarding and lodging and so on. To get rid of multiple numbers of monthly payments on account of these loans, considering consolidation of all the loans into a single may only yield benefit.
B) What type of consolidated student loans would be beneficial:
There are two types of loans for the students available for covering the education cost. One is the Federal’s direct loans, i.e. the Government awarded financial assistance and the other is Private nature of student loans which are extended by private sources like banking and non-banking institutions.
The student loans offered by the Federal‘s Department of Education are mostly of low fixed rate of interest, excepting the subsidized Stafford Student Loan.
On the other hand, the private student loans cover variable and higher interest rate than those of Government loans.
The repayment schedule of the above-mentioned two types of student loans is almost same with the exception of higher origination and other related fees. Repayment in all the cases starts after graduation or after grace period of six months. Sometimes the repayment is extended up to job securing.
Obviously, consolidation of Federal’s loans with the private ones is not feasible to be benefited due to difference of interest rate. It would be wise the all the Federal’s loans be consolidated into one and all the private loans be consolidated into a single loan.
C) How consolidating of student loans becomes beneficial:
When number of student loans is consolidated into one, the benefit yields in two ways. The first one reduces interest rate if the credit score has been improved by the student meanwhile and the other one is reduction of monthly payment because of extending of life of repayment. Although, ultimately the total amount required to be paid by the borrower must be much higher than before consolidation only because of interest being paid for the extended period even after receiving lesser rate of interest.
Consolidation of Government awarded student loans always extends benefit to the student not only reducing the monthly payment but also benefit of interest due to fixed type of interest rate.
D) Whether consolidation of private student loans would be beneficial:
Consolidation of multiple numbers of loans into a single form would mostly yield benefit to the student as a result of reduction of monthly payment. In case of private student loans the same benefit can be availed of but not to the extent as admissible in case of the Government student loans.
Employment for the newly graduated is becoming limited day-by-day. But most of the students leave the School after graduation or taking higher education with a huge amount of student loans debt. Under this circumstance, students have no other option left than to avail of the benefit of consolidating student loans.