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Student Loan Consolidation Basics
Consolidation simply combines multiple student loans into one. That means one monthly payment instead of having to juggle many different ones, sometimes with multiple servicers. When you consolidate, your interest rate will be a weighted average of the interest rates on the loans you combine. You won’t save money on interest rates — but it can make life easier by reducing the amount of time you spend managing different payments.
Refinancing can be done with one loan or several, and involves getting a new loan with a different (usually lower) rate than before, due to changes in your financial situation. When you refinance, you typically work with a company to pay off the original loan(s) and get a new unified loan at a lower rate.
While we are not able to combine loans from two different individuals, we would be happy to consider two separate refinancing applications. For each application we would consider only individual income, but we can factor in any joint assets that you might share.
Refinancing is a great solution for employed or soon-to-be-employed graduates who have high-interest, unsubsidized Direct Loans, Graduate PLUS loans, and/or private loans.
We look for clients who have a strong history of financial responsibility, which can show itself in many ways. For example, some clients may have a limited credit history, but present healthy savings patterns and a career with strong earning potential. We also look for clients who have an income that supports both the life of the Earnest loan and their everyday living expenses. Positive payment history is another key part of our review process, as this demonstrates you are committed to making your payments in full for all of your existing debts.
You must also meet the following requirements:
- You are at least 18 years old
- You are a United States citizen or permanent resident
- You reside in a state in which we lend
- Your student loans were used to pay for a completed degree from a college or university that is accredited under Title IV. If you are unsure whether your school is accredited, you can consult this list.
- You graduated or are in your final semester
- You are employed or have a written job offer
Yes. Previous refinancing or consolidation does not affect the eligibility of your application. As long as the completed degree you have received was obtained at a school under the Title IV accredited list, we are able to refinance your existing loan.
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