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Time for Student Loan Consolidation

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Guy SmileyIt’s time again for everybody’s favorite game show, Let’s Raise Student Loan Interest Rates! I’m your host, Guy Smiley.

At the end of last year, Congress announced that student loan interest rates would increase on July 1, 2006. That day is quickly approaching. The increase is going to be significant. Stafford Loans will have an interest rate of 7.3% or 6.7% depending on when the student begins paying off the loan and PLUS Loans for parents will increase to 8.1%. Are you ready for the increase?

Last year’s increase for me was from 2.77% to higher than 4%. I waited until the last minute to consolidate, but luckilly I filed my paperwork on time.

This year, I intend on getting a head start. My loan servicing company will consolidate my student loans on the last day possible, June 30, in order to minimize my interest liability.

There are a lot of companies out there who will try to pick you up from your current loan servicer. I get junk mail every month from at least two independent loan companies trying to convince me to consolidate my loan with them. Their mailings look official and include wording such as, “Please call us immediately regarding your student loan.”

Don’t fall for this. The best bet is to go with whichever company is servicing your current student loans. If you already deal with more than one company, shop around and find one who won’t charge a fee.

Updated January 16, 2010 and originally published May 22, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .


avatar Doobie


/obscure to probably even most Sesame Street fans

avatar Cynthia Powell

My colleague, Kim Clark, here at U.S. News & World Report wrote about this student loan consolidation issue, with a great chart and a sidebar helping discern of this option is right for you.
Check out the package at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/biztech/articles/060530/30studentloan.htm

Cindy Powell
U.S. News & World Report