Whom do I contact if I have questions about consolidation?
Private education loans are not eligible for consolidation, but for some Direct Consolidation Loan repayment plans, the total amount of your education loan debt—including any private education loans—determines how long you have to repay your Direct Consolidation Loan.
This depends on where you are in the consolidation process.
To ask questions about consolidating your loans before you apply for a Direct Consolidation Loan, contact the Student Loan Support Center at 1-800-557-7394.
Borrowers have different needs, so there are several repayment plans—including income-driven repayment plans, which base your monthly payment amount on your income and family size.
You’ll select a repayment plan when you apply for a Direct Consolidation Loan. You apply for a Direct Consolidation Loan through Student After you submit your application electronically at Student or by mailing a paper application, the consolidation servicer you selected will complete the actions required to consolidate your eligible loans.
If any of the loans you want to consolidate are still in the grace period, you have the option of indicating on your Direct Consolidation Loan application that you want the servicer that is processing your application to delay the consolidation of your loans until closer to the grace period end date.
If you select this option, you won’t have to begin making payments on your new Direct Consolidation Loan until closer to the end of the grace period on your current loans.
If you submitted your application online, your consolidation servicer’s contact information was provided at the end of the online process.
Repayment of a Direct Consolidation Loan will begin within 60 days after the loan is disbursed (paid out).
Your loan servicer will let you know when the first payment is due.
You can complete and submit the application online, or you can download and print a paper application from Student for submission by U. The consolidation servicer will be your point of contact for any questions you may have related to your consolidation application.
Unless the loans you want to consolidate are in a deferment, forbearance, or grace period, it’s important for you to continue making payments on those loans until your consolidation servicer tells you that they have been paid off by your new Direct Consolidation Loan.Debt consolidation is especially effective on high-interest debt such as credit cards.