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Consolidating college loans guide

However, if you have private loans, you may want to think about consolidating these loans into a new private consolidation loan.

The Department says that borrowers with joint consolidation loans may repay under the IBR/PAYE plan as long as both spouses qualify with partial financial hardships.

Both spouses are jointly liable for the loan and both must request IBR.

The Department provides the following contact information if you have questions: If necessary, you can also try calling the general Student Loan Support Center at 1-800-557-7394. Both borrowers had to agree to be jointly and severally liable for repayment.

Using Studentloans.gov: You will need to sign in using your personal identifiers and PIN. You have four different “consolidation servicers”: Fed Loan Servicing (PHEAA), Great Lakes, Nelnet and Sallie Mae (now called Navient). (“Joint and several liability” means that both borrowers are fully liable for the full amount of the debt). Not surprisingly, this caused a lot of problems for borrowers and Congress eliminated the program as of July 1, 2006.

Consolidating federal student loans may be a good strategy to lower monthly payments or to get out of default, but it is not always a good idea.

As you weigh the pros and cons, keep in mind that timing is critical.

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