While you can’t consolidate federal and private student loans through a Direct consolidation loan, you can combine them through refinancing. A Direct consolidation loan comes from the federal government, and it’s only available for federal loans.
Consequently, are consolidated loans federal or private?
They’re private companies contracted by the government to manage your loans. But if you’re unhappy with your servicer and want to consolidate your federal loans, you can pick from one of nine servicers to manage your new direct loan moving forward.
People also ask, can you un consolidate a loan back into the original loans?
Generally speaking, once a student loan consolidation or refinance is complete, there is no way to undo the process or fix a mistake.
Do loans have to be consolidated for PSLF?
No. If you make qualifying PSLF payments on a Direct Loan and then consolidate that loan, you’ll lose credit for the PSLF payments. You’ll need to start over and make 120 qualifying payments on the new Direct Consolidation Loan.
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Consolidation combines loans into one monthly payment with one servicer. Consolidating your loans may make it easier to keep track of your loans if you have more than one student loan with more than one servicer or company.