Understanding the repayment process for your federal student loans can go a long way toward building a solid financial foundation.
Remember, federal student loans are real loans, just like car loans or mortgages. You must repay a student loan even if your financial circumstances become difficult. Your student loans cannot be canceled because you didn’t get the education or job you expected, or because you didn’t complete your education (unless you couldn’t complete your education because your school closed).
The Federal Student Loan Servicer handles all repayment, deferment and forbearance of Federal Student Loans. Visit them online at https://www.myedaccount.com/ or call them at (800) 848-0979, TTY (800) 848-0983.
If you currently have a Perkins Loan and would like to find out about the exact payment amount, you can find it out online at the website for the CofC Perkins Loan Servicer-ECSI. Any questions regarding your Federal Perkins Loan should be directed to Joe Meyers in the Treasurer's Office.
A Direct Consolidation Loan allows you to consolidate (combine) multiple federal student loans into one loan. The result is a single monthly payment instead of multiple payments.
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What are the requirements to consolidate a loan?
How do I apply for a Direct Consolidation Loan?
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Are there different repayment plans?
Additional information about consolidation loans may be found in the consolidation loan and private consolidation loan sections of "FinAid.org". Including a list of lenders that provide consolidation loans and a basic comparison chart that highlights the loan discounts offered by each lender. Only consolidators that offer loan discounts are included in this list. You may choose any lender that is right for you.