Consolidating all student loans

I am thinking of consolidating all my loans, but should I use the Federal Student Aid to consolidate both the Direct and Stafford loans ( do they consolidate both direct and stafford loans), or is there a different website for the government consolidation for both direct and stafford student loans?Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, I'm looking to consolidate private/government student loans.

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In the process of consolidation, each original loan is paid in full and a new Direct Consolidation Loan is originated for the combined balance of the consolidated loans.

ED determines the interest rate of the Direct Consolidation Loan by taking the weighted average of the interest rates on your existing loans and rounding up to the nearest 1/8 of a percent (0.125).

A consolidation loan is just what it sounds like: You can take two or more outstanding loans and refinance them into one.

As with the Stafford Loans, there are both Direct and FFEL consolidation programs.

Your defaulted federal loan may be consolidated provided that it’s not a previous spousal consolidated loan and you are not subject to a judgment secured through litigation or an order of administrative wage garnishment on a federal student loan for which you’re requesting consolidation.

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, I am at the very end of the grace period since I graduated, and will owe a total of ,000 in student loans (all are government ED loans both Direct and Stafford unsubsidized and subsidized).

To a college grad swamped with multiple student loans that have come due, loan consolidation is an enticing option.

When you consolidate, a lending institution pays off your existing balances and replaces them with a new, consolidated loan.

It may take some time before students realize their full earning potential, and it can be difficult for some graduates to keep up with their loan repayment plans.

Student loan consolidation may offer the solution, but many borrowers may be unfamiliar with the process.

The good news is I just got hired by a company in my field, but won't start work till the first week in December, and my first check isn't till the 15th of December (when the first loan payment will be sent to me).

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