Hello, Have a question. Can you help consolidate Federal and State student loans on top of car and credit debt?
Short answer to your question is no. You would have to consolidate your student loans separately and look at other options for your auto loans and credit card debt. Most debt consolidation programs that I am aware of, only deal with credit card debt and personal loans (only unsecured debt).
First, you should consider consolidating your student loans through a consolidation program, which are offered by many student loan companies. Consolidating his student loans could significantly lower the interest and monthly payments on his student loans, which could save you enough money each month to allow you to continue making regular auto loan payments. To find out more about student loan consolidation, I encourage you to visit the Bills.com Student Loans Information page.
In addition, we can have pre-screened student loan consolidation providers contact you to discuss the consolidation options available to you.
You may be able to save money on your car payments by refinancing your current auto loan, which could lower the interest on your current loan and extend the loan term to lower your monthly payments. Auto refinance loans are especially helpful for consumers who may not have obtained the best loan terms when they initially financed a vehicle. However, auto loan refinancing can be difficult, depending on your credit rating and on the value of the automobile. To learn more about auto loans, you should visit the Bills.com auto loans information page. Additional information about auto refinance loans can be found on our website. Again, if you submit your information in the Bills.com Savings Center, we can have pre-screened auto lenders contact you to discuss the refinance options available to him, and how an auto refinance loan could improve his financial situation.
Now for credit card debt consolidation. There are a variety of forms of debt consolidation, so you should compare all of your debt consolidation options. Since debt consolidation comes in many forms, it is important that each consumer reflects on what their needs and concerns and financial situation is before signing up for an online debt consolidation program. The four primary concerns for most consumers are: i) monthly payment, ii) time to debt freedom, iii) total cost, and iv) the credit rating impact of the consolidation program. Be sure to evaluate each program, relative to your prioritization of these factors.
Since there are a variety of online debt consolidation options, including credit counseling, debt negotiation/debt settlement, a debt consolidation loan, and other debt resolution options, it is important to fully understand each option and then pick the solution that is right for you.
Credit counseling, or signing up for a debt management plan, is a very common form of online debt consolidation. There are many companies offering online credit counseling, which is essentially a way to make one payment directly to the credit counseling agency, which then distributes that payment to your creditors. Most times, a credit counseling agency will be able to lower your monthly payments by getting interest rate concessions from your lenders or creditors. It is important to understand that in a credit counseling program, you are still repaying 100% of your debts – but with lower monthly payments. On average, most online credit counseling programs take around five years. While most credit counseling programs do not impact your FICO score, being enrolled in a credit counseling debt management plan DOES show up on your credit report… and, unfortunately, many lenders look at enrollment in credit counseling akin to filing for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy – or using a third party to re-organize your debts.
Debt settlement, also called debt negotiation, is a form of online debt consolidation that cuts your total debt, sometimes over 50%, with lower monthly payments. Debt settlement programs typically run around three years. It is important to keep in mind, however, that during the life of your debt settlement program, you are NOT paying your creditors. This means that a debt settlement solution of online debt consolidation will negatively impact your credit rating. Your credit rating will not be good, at a minimum, for the term of your debt settlement program. However, debt settlement is usually the fastest and cheapest way to debt freedom, with a low monthly payment, while avoiding Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. The trade-off here is a negative credit rating versus saving money.
Debt Consolidation Loan
Many people think first of a debt consolidation loan when seeking online debt consolidation. This option typically means a second home loan (or home equity line of credit) or refinancing your primary mortgage. In a debt consolidation loan, you exchange one loan for another. The most frequent form is taking out a mortgage loan, which carries a lower interest rate and is tax deductible, to pay off high interest rate credit card debt. It is important to be aware that shifting unsecured debt to secured debt can create a volatile situation, if there is ever a chance that you cannot afford the new mortgage payment you are now putting yourself at risk of foreclosure! In the case of a debt consolidation loan, most mortgages are 30 year loan, which means that the total cost and the time to debt freedom could be very high… but the monthly payment will be lower than other options and there is no credit rating impact.
Net-net: while there are many forms of online debt consolidation, many people with good to perfect credit who own homes should look into debt consolidation loans, while consumers with high credit card debt and poor credit may want to explore debt settlement or debt negotiation. However, each consumer is different, so find the online debt consolidation option that fits for you.
Bills.com makes it easy for you to apply, by following this link: Debt Relief Savings Quote
I wish your son the best of luck in resolving his financial difficulties, and hope that the information I have provided helps him Find. Learn. Save.