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Consolidating Perkins Loans

Discussion in 'Financial Aid' started by IsoGirl2707, May 4, 2004.

  1. IsoGirl2707

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    I am graduating med school in May and I received Perkins Loans during medical school. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on consolidating their Perkins Loans with the rest of their loans? Is this a smart thing to do?
     
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    It depends on what mix of Perkins and Stafford loans (or other loans you have)

    Calculate the consolidation rate (it is the weighted average of all your loans...Perkins loans are 5%, Stafford loans vary depending on if they are in repayment or not). Then calculate how much interest you will pay for the life of the consolidated loan.

    Then do the same without the Perkins and calculate the total interest for all consolidated loans + Perkins loans interest.

    Do whichever leads to less interest being paid.

    If this doesn't make sense, feel free to PM me your loan amounts and I can calculate it out for you. Or, ask your financial aid office to do this. They should be able to help you out.
     
  4. IsoGirl2707

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    Thanks so much for your help. I will PM you.
     

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