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Old 04-27-2007, 09:29 PM   #1
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I was just wondering when you guys graduated.. if you consolidated you loans? Is it a good deal?

I do not have any loans, but my wifetobe does, and I just want to make sure we get off on the right foot.. thanks!

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Old 04-27-2007, 09:35 PM   #2
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It is not a bad idea, it will lock you into a fixed rate. Most of the government organized ones are variable and it doesn't look like interest rates are going down so . . .

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I consolidated mine when I got out of school. It worked out very well for me. The best thing is its only one check a month instead of several!
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I consolidated as well. It's definitely the way to go: you get a lower rate over a longer period, but you still have the option to pay more every month if you want to.
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I consolidated at 3.5 % or whatever it was. Definitely do it.
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How much do you guys owe? I managed to get away with only $6000 in loans, been out of school for 4 months and down to $5400. Still sucks though, probably could have made it without the loan, but man, it helped.
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Im down to 6500 as well......

I only pay 72 bucks a month so its going to be a while more
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Yeah, def. consolidate, especially if you have DoE loans. I had a bunch of DoE loans, and not only did consolidation get me a lower, fixed rate, it also made me feel better because I wasn't giving any more of my hard-earned money to the government. They already take way too much every 1st and 15th.
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I graduated in spring 2003, perfect time for low interest rates. Consolidated at 2.875% fixed, with my autopay sign up that's down to 2.625%. Definately saving me lots of money and most importantly it is fixed.
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Consolidation is a good idea to get the fixed rate, but it depends on the rate. I heard they are much higher now than a few years ago. It also seem like the rates get lower the closer we get to an election, so it migh be worth waiting a year. My $.02.

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