Loan consolidation can be helpful for borrowers who want to combine their eligible federal student loans into a single Direct Consolidation Loan.
It's important to understand and carefully consider all factors before consolidating.
However, you also could qualify when you leave school or are enrolled less than half-time.
So, the interest rate on a consolidation loan may be higher than the underlying loans.
However, the interest rate is fixed for the life of the loan.
Unlike other types of consumer debt, it’s impossible to refinance a federal student loan and have it stay a federal student loan. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and others have proposed giving federal student loan borrowers the option to refinance their loans to take advantage of lower interest rates.
Market Watch and the Center for Financial Literacy held a panel discussion recently on the topic of all things related to student loans, at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt.