Cons of consolidating student loans


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So, for instance: If the average comes to 6.15%, your new interest rate will be 6.25%.

Additionally, you’ll get a new loan term ranging from 10 to 30 years.

One of the myths of consolidation is that it makes your debt less expensive by lowering your interest rate.

Historically, that may have been accurate, since consolidation was often used as a way to lock in a low interest rate on variable-rate loans, says financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz.

Consolidating your federal loans through the Department of Education is free; steer clear of companies that charge fees to consolidate them for you.