Parents and grad students who borrowed PLUS loans for the 2016-17 school year pay 6.31% in interest, compared to 3.76% on direct loans for undergrads.
Historical PLUS interest rates are even higher: Parents who borrowed between 20 pay 7.9%.
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Variable rates start at 2.10% and fixed rates start at 2.35% among refinance lenders listed on the Nerd Wallet student loan refinance page, for instance.
Federal student loan consolidation basics How to consolidate federal student loans Benefits of federal consolidation Drawbacks of federal consolidation Private student loan consolidation (student loan refinancing) When you consolidate federal loans, the government pays them off and replaces them with a direct consolidation loan.
Additionally, you’ll get a new loan term ranging from 10 to 30 years.
Your repayment term will generally start within 60 days of when your consolidation loan is first disbursed and will be based on your total federal student loan balance, among other factors; click on the link below for more details.
You have to complete the application in a single session, so do your research before you start. You can consolidate all your federal loans or just some of them.
Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, I have 3 daughters and have borrowed heavily using PLUS loans to finance their education.
They sound like a good idea – parents can get Federal loans with all the great benefits that students get. In fact, Parent PLUS Loans don't offer any type of income-based repayment plan (directly) nor do they qualify any type of student loan forgiveness programs (well, once again, this is nuanced as well and we discuss below).
First, there are a lot of myths surrounding what you can or can't do with Parent PLUS Loans, so let's bust those right now.
There are a lot of reasons why it's a bad idea, and I cover most of them in my Forbes column.