Another common problem is that partial discharge of a joint consolidation loan under any of the discharge programs (other than death discharge) does not eliminate joint liability for the remaining balance.
Further, borrowers with joint FFEL consolidation loans, according to the Department, may not reconsolidate into Direct Loans and therefore are not eligible for public service loan forgiveness. The fixed rate is based on the weighted average of the interest rates on the loans at the time of consolidation, rounded up to the nearest one-eighth of a percentage point.
The interest rate must not exceed 8.25% for consolidation loans prior to July 2013.
Using Studentloans.gov: You will need to sign in using your personal identifiers and PIN. You are required to select from the choices listed by the Department of Education). (“Joint and several liability” means that both borrowers are fully liable for the full amount of the debt). Not surprisingly, this caused a lot of problems for borrowers and Congress eliminated the program as of July 1, 2006.The electronic application consists of five steps: 1. If may make this choice on-line or if you are sending in a paper application, you should send directly to the servicer you choose. The Department provides some general information about servicer performance in the on-line data center and quarterly performance reports. There are still many borrowers struggling with joint consolidation loans.(see box below), You can consolidate during grace periods.This may lead to a lower interest rate on a Direct Consolidation loan, but only if you are consolidating variable rate loans. You will generally receive your first bills within 60 days after the new Direct Consolidation loan is made.APPLYING FOR DIRECT LOAN CONSOLIDATION The Department generally requires all borrowers to apply for Direct Loan consolidation using the web site. It is very important to review this sheet and check to make sure all of the loans you wanted to consolidate are included in the new consolidation loan.
(Click espanol to find a Spanish version of the on-line application). Be sure to meet the deadline for responding if you think there are problems with the consolidation or if you have decided you do not want to go forward.Borrowers in default may also consolidate in certain circumstances.Consolidation was previously available to borrowers while they were still in school. Congress also eliminated joint consolidation for spouses, effective July 1, 2006.These include deferment, forbearance, cancellation, and affordable repayment rights.Also, federal consolidation loans generally have lower interest rates.Direct consolidation loans are now the only type of federal student consolidation loan.