Like many federal loan borrowers, you may have both FFEL and Direct Loans. Once these loans are consolidated, you will have repayment options, some which lower your monthly payments, from which to choose. Consider the advantages and disadvantages carefully before you act.
Once you consolidate, you are locked into a loan with a fixed interest rate. Therefore, if you consolidate your variable interest rate loans and the interest rates drop the following year, you have "locked" into the higher interest rate for the life of the loan.
The extended period makes the monthly payment amount more manageable; however, the longer your loans are in repayment, the more interest you will pay over the life of the loan.
If you’re having a tough time juggling multiple student loan payments, consolidating them may be the way to go. If you have questions about consolidation before you apply, you can contact the Education Department’s Loan Consolidation Information Call Center at 1-800-557-7392.
Log in to Student with your When you create your FSA ID, your information is confirmed with the Social Security Administration (SSA).
This takes one to three days, and you'll receive an e-mail (if you provide one) when this is complete.
You can apply electronically or get a paper application.