Saturday, October 4, 2014

Student Loan Consolidation USA-What is the Obama Student Loan Forgiveness Program


Are you tired of managing multiple federal student loan payments, with multiple interest rates or multiple servicers? If so, now may be the time for loan consolidation. The U.S. Department of Education made the landmark decision to allow you to choose your consolidation servicer (of which, USFFC is one) under the Direct Consolidation Loan program.

What is Direct Consolidation?

The Direct Consolidation Loan program is offered by the U.S. Department of Education to federal student loan borrowers. The program may allow you to consolidate your federal loans into one, and select the consolidation servicer of your choice.

  Is Consolidation Right for You?

Loan consolidation can be a great solution for borrowers seeking convenience and ease in managing their student loans. Consolidation gives you:

One loan, one fixed interest rate, one monthly payment, one student loan servicer—of your choice. 


You're also able to maintain certain federal student loan benefits, including:

Close SectionFlexible repayment options.

You can choose from multiple repayment plans with various terms to repay your consolidation loan. Pay As You Earn, Income-Based Repayment (IBR), and Income-Contingent Repayment (ICR) plans offer flexibility and lower payments based on your income and family size. You may be able to change plans at any time, based on eligibility requirements. You can visit the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Direct Consolidation Loans Online Calculator to estimate your monthly payment under various repayment options.

Close SectionYour grace period.

If any of your loans are in a grace period and you want to consolidate them, make sure to note on your application the date the grace period ends. Otherwise, your consolidation application will be processed right away and you'll lose your grace period.

Close SectionTake care of your past due loans.

When you apply for consolidation, you may also be eligible for a temporary forbearance that might bring your qualifying past due loans current.

Close SectionPublic Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) eligibility.

Consolidation loans are eligible for loan forgiveness under the PSLF program if you meet the additional program requirements. Not all loan forgiveness programs can be maintained under a Direct Consolidation loan. Please check the U.S. Department of Education's website for more details.


However, if you're looking to consolidate you should consider the following:

Close SectionPaying a different interest rate.

A Direct Consolidation loan's interest rate is the weighted average of your original loans' interest rates, rounded up to the nearest 1/8th of a percent.

Close SectionPaying more over the long term.

Like a home mortgage or car loan, extending the years of repayment increases the total amount you will have to pay over the life of the loan.

Close SectionYour grace period.

If any loans you want to consolidate are in a grace period, you can request to delay the processing of your consolidation loan until the end of your grace period. On your application, you must enter the month and year your grace period is expected to end. If you leave it blank, the processing will begin as soon as your documents are received and you'll lose your grace period. Then, once the consolidation loan is completed, you'll be required to immediately begin paying it back.

Close SectionDirect Parent PLUS loans are not eligible to be combined into a consolidation loan under the Pay As You Earn or Income-Based Repayment (IBR) plans.

However, they are eligible for an Income-Contingent Repayment (ICR) plan.

Close SectionLoss of certain federal student loan benefits.

This can include eligibility for subsidized interest, deferment, or loan forgiveness. Please check the U.S. Department of Education's website for more details.
For detailed information to consider, please refer to the Federal Direct Consolidation Loan application and your Master Promissory Note.