Consolidating private government student loans

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And I am going to be straight with you: Private college loans are not ideal at any time, especially now, when many lenders have left the student loan business or curtailed their lending in the wake of the financial crisis. With a private loan consolidation, your FICO credit score will determine both whether you get a loan and what the initial rate will be.

Before consolidating student loans, a former student must determine whether they financed their education using federal loans, private loans, or a mixture of both.

This conclusion may not be as easy to determine and certainly would not be determined merely by asking “whether the student received funding from Chase.” Although Chase currently only provides private loans, not too long ago they were also providing funds for federal student loans.

They may be unhappy to find, however, that the consolidated loan will forever float on a variable interest rate tethered to the market’s conditions.

In the past, if a student accepted a number of federal student loans to finance their education, regardless of whether they also accepted private student loans, Chase provided them the opportunity to consolidate their federal student loans into a single lump sum, where their multiple monthly payments would reduce a single loan payment every month.

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