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Additional Loan Information

LOAN CONSOLIDATION

If you have substantial student loan debt, you may want to contact a lender to consolidate all of your eligible loans into one.

Advantages:

  • Up to 30 years for repayment (depending on your loan balance)
  • One monthly payment
  • May lower the interest rate on some or all of your loan debt (Extending the term beyond the 10 years increases total interest paid)
  • Interest rates on consolidation loans are fixed rates that do not change over time rather than variable rates that do change over time.

Disadvantages:

  • Extending the term beyond the 10 years increases total interest paid
  • Loss of certain deferment and forbearance options
  • Loss of all Perkins Loan cancellations provisions
  • Loss of Perkins 9 month grace period

FEDERAL AND DIRECT LOAN CONSOLIDATION

Borrowers who consolidate through either Federal consolidation or Direct Loan consolidation will maintain the interest subsidy on that portion of their new consolidation loan that is made up of Subsidized Stafford Loans as long as the borrower qualifies for deferment on their consolidation loan.

Federal Perkins loans are treated differently with regard to their interest-free status in Federal and Direct Loan consolidation. Federal Perkins loans consolidated into Federal consolidation are no longer interest free even if the borrower is in deferment on their Federal consolidation loan. However, Federal Perkins loans consolidated into Direct Loan consolidation remain interest free as long as the borrower is in deferment on their Direct consolidation loan.

Both Health Professions Student Loans and Loans for Disadvantaged Students lose their interest-free status when they are consolidated into either Federal or Direct Loan consolidation, even if the new consolidation loan is in deferment.

LOAN MAXIMUMS

The maximum amount an eligible student may borrow is $5,500 per award year for a student who has not successfully completed a program of undergraduate education or $8,000 per award year for a graduate or professional student.

The aggregate loan limits now include only unpaid principal. (Previously, a student who had borrowed the maximum cumulative amount for a graduate or professional student would not be eligible for another loan even if the student had repaid part or all of the amount he or she had borrowed.) The maximum aggregate amount loan limits cite 34 CFR 674.12.

Annual maximum loan:

Undergraduate: $5,500

Graduate: $8,000

Aggregate maximum loan:

Undergraduate: $27,500

Graduate: $60,000

CREDIT BUREAU REPORTING

Credit bureau reporting is done at least annually.





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