By increasing your loan repayment period, you’ll have more payments to make and will end up paying more in interest.
There are no prepayment penalties with a Direct consolidation loan, so feel free to pay more when you have the extra cash — it’ll help you save on interest. According to the Education Department, federal loans eligible for a Direct consolidation loan include: Subsidized and unsubsidized Direct loans, subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans, Direct PLUS loans, PLUS loans from the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS), Perkins loans, Health Education Assistance Loans (HEAL), federal nursing loans and some existing consolidation loans.
To identify your current plan with Great Lakes, and to investigate other plans, select tab to estimate your monthly payment under various repayment options.
You may be able to change plans at any time, based on eligiblity requirements.
While consolidating federal student loans may give you a much-needed break on your monthly student loan payments, that lower monthly payment amount comes with a price.
If you’re having a tough time juggling multiple student loan payments, consolidating them may be the way to go. If you have questions about consolidation before you apply, you can contact the Education Department’s Loan Consolidation Information Call Center at 1-800-557-7392.
Consolidating your student loans means combining several loans into a single loan, meaning all those monthly payments get rolled into one. A Direct consolidation loan allows you to consolidate multiple federal education loans into a single loan so you’ll have a single loan payment to make each month, instead of three or four or more.
When you apply, you can choose one of the listed federal loan servicers—including Great Lakes—to complete the consolidation and then service your Direct Consolidation loan. For loans consolidated and serviced by Great Lakes, you'll receive your first communications from us within one-to-two business days after submitting your online application.
You'll also be able to view your application's progress on your account.