Us consolidating student loans
If you have one or more federal loans, you may consolidate them through the Federal Direct Consolidation Loan Program.
There are advantages and disadvantages to loan consolidation, so consider your options carefully.
A repayment period is the period of time during which scheduled payments are required to be made to repay the principal balance and interest on a loan.
We recommend you compare your current loan terms against the consolidation loan terms.
For example, you may not want to include loans with a lower interest rate than the consolidation loan.
Federal Student Aid provides information on the Direct Consolidation Loan and how to apply.
The interest rate is the weighted average of the interest rates for all loans being consolidated, rounded to the next higher one-eighth of one percent. To calculate a borrower's weighted average interest rate, use the interactive Direct Consolidation Loan Calculator.If you are extending your repayment term, this could result in an increase in your total cost over the life of the loan.