Student Loan Consolidation May Get you Up to 20 More Years to Pay Off your Student Loans

If you’re a former student or a college parent with any outstanding federal student loans, you may be able to get up to 20 more years to repay just by consolidating your eligible federal parent or student loans. With that longer repayment term, since you have more time to repay, the amount you have to pay each month will typically go down. You may be able to cut your monthly student loan payments by up to 42% — just by consolidating!

Cut Your Payments on Your Student Loans by up to 42%

Here’s an example of how you can lower your monthly student loan payments when you consolidate your federal college loans and take advantage of a longer repayment term: Estimated monthly payments on a $75,000 student loan consolidation fixed at 7.25% and repaid over an extended term of 30 years are $512, versus estimated monthly payments of $879 on a $75,000 Federal Stafford Loan issued at 7.22% and repaid over 10 years — that’s a 41.8% reduction in monthly payment amount. (Your actual payment reduction may vary and will depend on the terms of the parent or student loans you’re consolidating.)

Get More Time to Repay Your Student Loans

Federal PLUS parent loans and Stafford student loans are issued with standard repayment terms of 10 years. You may be able to get up to 30 years to repay these federal parent and student loans when you consolidate them into a student loan consolidation.

How long you get to repay will depend on the total outstanding balance of your education debt: If your outstanding education debt totals $20,000 – $39,999, you’ll have 20 years to pay back your student loan consolidation.? If your outstanding education debt totals $40,000 – $59,999, you’ll have 25 years. If you have $60,000 or more in education debt when you consolidate your federal student loans, you’ll have 30 years to pay back your Federal student loan consolidation.

No Fees. No Credit Checks. No Prepayment Penalties.

Even though you can get more time to repay your federal parent and student loans by consolidating, there are no prepayment penalties on a Federal Consolidation Loan, so you won’t be assessed any additional fees for paying more than the minimum each month or for paying off your student loan consolidation early, should you choose to.

There are also no application fees, no processing fees, and no credit checks when you consolidate through the federal student loan consolidation program.

Replace Your Variable-Rate Student Loans With a Fixed-Rate Consolidation Loan

If you took out your Federal PLUS Loans or Stafford Loans prior to July 1, 2006, those loans are subject to variable interest rates that will adjust every year. So when interest rates rise, your monthly student loan payments may also go up. But you can put an end to rate increases and rising payments when you consolidate your parent or student loans.

The federal student loan consolidation program gives you the security of a fixed interest rate. By consolidating your federal

student loans, you’ll replace your variable-rate college loans with a fixed-rate consolidation loan, so you won’t have to worry about interest rates rising and leaving you guessing about your monthly payment amount.

Make Just One Payment for All Your Federal Student Loans

If you have multiple student loans in repayment and you’re dealing with the hassle of multiple bills, multiple due dates, and multiple monthly payments to multiple lenders, a Federal Consolidation Loan could help make your student loan repayment easier to manage.

With the federal student loan consolidation program, you can bundle all your eligible federal parent or student loans into one single consolidation loan with just one monthly bill, one lender, and one monthly payment that’s fixed for the life of your consolidation loan.

Consolidate Your Private Student Loans

If you have private student loans in addition to your federal student loans, you won’t be able to consolidate your private student loans under the federal student loan consolidation program. But you may be able to consolidate your private student loans separately with a Private Consolidation Loan, which offers the same convenience of a single consolidated loan for your private student loans.

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18 Responses to “Student Loan Consolidation May Get you Up to 20 More Years to Pay Off your Student Loans”

  1. seanmc30 says:

    Your going to get slammed with more debt than you can ever imagine if you go to med or pharm school. They don’t make near uch money as they used to but the educations are well over 200k. The party’s over for Doctors. I’m in the boat too. Be a doctor because you enjoy it, not for the money.

  2. waverly2468 says:

    Yeah–I have a degree in accounting that I haven’t used for anything. I mostly lost interest in the subject after I graduated and had some office jobs that I HATED. I’m just glad that I went to a school that was cheap at the time. Today’s 20-somethings are a “lost generation” with big student loan debt and few jobs out there waiting for them. I thought they were more “street smart” than that. Instead they were scammed into going to college and wasting all that money.

  3. MLE says:

    Nope. It will no longer be a student loan then. You may be able to consolidate several student loans into another student loan at a better rate, but if you pay it off with a personal loan you'll be left with a non-deductible personal loan.

  4. Alex K. says:

    Most student loans are limited to citizens or resident aliens of the US. You do not mention whether you are a US citizen living outside the US, or a citizen of another country.

    If you are a US citizen, or resident alien (there are a couple of other types of non-citizens that are eligible…refugees for example) then you need to apply each year. The first step is the FAFSA and you can apply on line at After that, there is more to do, but it varies depending on the answers on your FAFSA.

    Good luck.

  5. Andrew M says:

    Nope, sorry, but personal loan won't qualify, as you will have nothing in writing to say that it is student loan interest.

  6. swinggcat1 says:

    its simple really colleges are a big rip off unless financial aid covers for it don’t go and never take out “loans”. they just scam people and make a living off of you while you pay off those “loans” on hidden interest rates. I’m not even going to start with this college shit why do you have to spend 50k to 200k to go somewhere where you learn how to memorize useless shit then get “tested” for it and won’t ever use that “education” and forget most of it anyway give me a fucking break.

  7. dcollegeboy says:

    Are you serious DrBones666? I’m a sophomore taking out my second amount of loans and already I’m bugging out about it.

  8. Dat_1_Chiq says:

    No one will "take over" your loans. You will still owe the money to your lender when you are in forbearance. They will simply add interest every month while you are making payments.

    If you are asking about defaulting the lender will just contract out with a collection agency to start calling and hounding you to mail them payments. If you make 6 to 12 months worth of willing and reasonable payments you can ask your lender to "rehabilitate" your loan. This is when you are issued a new loan and pay off the one in default so you can get federal fin aid again. Again, rehabilitation can only be done after you have made 6 to 12 months of payments.

  9. All True,,,IT guarantees you will pay them a chunk more of your pay in addition to the taxes. 51% of my income whent to the US government last year… THINK SERIOUSLY BEFORE YOU BORROW! Calculate the amount of tuition and realize that you will pay 300% by the time its all over….30 long years from now.

  10. Dat_1_Chiq says:

    When your federal educational loans are in default, you have several options:

    You can repay the loan in full.
    You can negotiate a new payment plan with your lender.
    You can "rehabilitate" your loan.
    You can consolidate your loan.

    Obviously option one is rarely attractive or possible for defaulted borrowers.

    Option two (renegotiate) should be investigated fully – most borrowers skip this step, but it's probably the best option for most people. Call your lender and ask to speak to someone in the "Workout" Department. Explain your situation to them (there's nothing unusual about it) and ask what options are available to you for switching to a graduated, extended or income-sensitive repayment plan. If your lender will agree to change your repayment plan, a few regular payments will get your default status removed, and the new plan may be easier for you to keep up with.

    Option three (rehabilitation) is really a specific form of a workout agreement. It probably won't help you much in your situation, because it requires an agreement between you and the lender that will allow you to make 9 consecutive on-time payments of some agreed-upon amount.

    Option four is everyone's favorite, but you must absolutely understand what a consolidation loan will do. To keep this utterly simple – a consolidation loan is a brand new loan that will pay off your old, defaulted loan. A consolidation loan MAY lower your monthly payments, but understand how this works. A consolidation loan never lowers your payments by wiping away some of your debt – a consolidation loan lowers your payments by stretching out the length of your loan. If you pay less every month, you'll make many additional monthly payments, and – in the end – you'll pay far more back than you would have paid on the original loan.

    As an example: Suppose I lent you $100 and you agreed to pay me back in 2 weeks by paying me $50 a week. You came back a few days later and explained that you weren't going to be able to afford to pay me $50 – is there something else we could do? "Oh, absolutely," I'd say, gallantly. "Instead of paying me $50 a week for 2 weeks, how about if you only pay me $10 a week for 17 weeks?"

    See – in the end, you'll pay me back $170 instead of $100 – that's how a consolidation loan works. But remember – we're not talking a $100 loan for a couple of weeks – by the time you pay that $5000 loan of yours back over many years, you'll pay a few thousand more than you might have paid if you didn't consolidate that loan.

    I've attached some information about consolidating from the Department of Education – take a few minutes to read it over. If you do choose to go this route, be sure to consolidate with a reputable lender (or directly with the government) and not with some fly-by-night operation that you learn about from some pay-per-click site shilled on Yahoo! Answers.

    Good luck to you!

  11. BunnyHanyou says:

    This is exactly the reason why Im doing pre-med/pre-pharm.

    So I won’t have to worry about bullcrap.

  12. doesnt matter….they're both 'installment' loans on your credit report. i wouldnt take a bank loan because MOST LIKELY the interest isnt tax deductible like the student loan.

    i would advise to have 2-3 credits…2 installment loans….can be student loan, auto loan or other loan…and a MORTGAGE!
    make sure you keep low balances are on revolving accounts…and you should be go to go.

  13. AG says:

    No, you can only deduct the interest when you actually pay it, not when it accrues

  14. Jessecraft1954 says:

    I took out loans and today paying back loans to the government is like paying back the mafia. If you don`t have a job or the money to pay, they will take it our of your paycheck when you do work and take your income tax return money and then after years of paying them through garnishments, they can and will sell your loans to a finance company for 24 percent interest wheither you like it or not. They won`t even tell you before they sell them. All the U.S. is about is MONEY

  15. FuzzyLizard says:

    Student loans effect your credit score like any other loans (that means credit cards also). As long as you pay on time your credit should be fine. But you do want to pay more than your monthly accrued interests, otherwise you will never pay off your student loan, and the balance will just get higher and higher.

  16. doubleestark says:

    Espcially having a history degree with a job working as a barista, and set back with 40,000 dollars! I laugh because I worked as a security guard and graduated debt free, and even had a savings. After 1 year out, I now have 50,000 sitting in my bank account

  17. Well it seems to me if you set up the auto-draft to your bank account willingly you should be able to stop it at will as well. Call your bank and tell them you want to stop sending that company money. Or allow them to take it out of your account, however it was set up.
    Good luck!

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