What is the difference between student loan refinancing and student loan consolidation?

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Student loan consolidation is the Department of Education’s program where you combine multiple federal loans into one, resulting in a weighted average interest rate of your previous loans. Private student loans are not eligible for federal student loan consolidation. nnStudent loan refinancing is done through a private lender and can combine one or all of your private and/or federal student loans into one monthly payment. Terms of private student loan refinancing are determined by a credit-based application, meaning if you are approved, you could receive a new interest rate and new repayment term. This may help you save money on interest and/or change the length of your loan term to better fit your financial needs.



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