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You can either attempt to do this yourself, or you can hire a debt settlement firm that specializes in settling debts.
In order to get a lender to actually negotiate reduced payments and/or a reduced principal balance, typically the borrower has convince the lender of two things: There are many different approaches to settle student loans and results are IN NO WAY guaranteed.
It is free to apply, and the process usually takes about 15 minutes. You may now have a general idea of how to refinance student loans and how to consolidate student loans, as well as the basics of what each lender offers, but there is much more information you should know before choosing a lender.
Consolidating your federal loans through the Department of Education is free; steer clear of companies that charge fees to consolidate them for you.
When you consolidate federal loans, your new fixed interest rate will be the weighted average of your previous rates, rounded up to the next ⅛ of 1%.
While a lower interest rate is good news, your new loan may not come with all the borrower benefits associated with government loans.
For example, borrowers with federal student loans can take advantage of federal income-driven repayment programs, or benefits like loan forgiveness, which borrowers with private student loans typically don’t have access to.