Things to Know Before You Consolidate
The best and easiest way to consolidate debt loans programs is the federal government debt consolidation loan programs. While these federal government programs are the best for student loans, there are some other options from the private sector which are relatively good as well. Private loan consolidation lenders, agencies and companies
There are many private consolidation lenders and companies that offer these programs to all students seeking some financial help. Student seeking to obtain or looking for such federal government loans should be aware of some tricks and ploys these companies try to do. They do all kinds of tricks in order to get you to consolidate debts with them. Here are some tips you have to consider and watch out for when you consolidate debt loans:
The most frequent line of talk used and employed by these private agencies and companies. They will inform or tell you about the free debt consolidation loan program of the Federal Governments-US Department of Education. When a student or borrower hears the word Federal Government, They assume that they are talking to the department of education representative or employee. The trick here is for you to have a sense of actually feeling that you are talking to the federal government which is not.
Always bear in mind when talking over the phone to ask what company he/she is working for. What these private agencies and companies try to portray is a feeling a trust. Once you trust who you are talking to you go deeper into the details of what you are looking for and sometimes get trapped. And by trusting them you are trapped and would be willing to give out some personal information which they always look to obtain from their prospective clients. So beware of these tricks.
There are other tricks which they try to use or employ to lure you as one of their upcoming borrower. They will convey to you a sense of urgency and that you have to do it right now or lose out on it. They will claim that now is the best time to consolidate debt loans because interest rates are low.
They will use the low interest rate now and that sense of urgency to try to get or lure you into doing your consolidation now before the interest rate will go up.
They will offer X amount of percentage discount on the interest rate if your payments are made by automatic payment direct debit from your bank account. This to me is a red flag. Do not give access to your bank accounts.
They will try and ask for your student account number which in most cases it is your social security number. If you give this information to them, they can find your record on the national student loan data system (NSLDS). Here, they can see if you are eligible or not. This is a way for them to make you give your social security number.
They will always try and make you feel that what they are offering is a federal program. Simply put, they will reiterate that it is a federal program through the federal government.
Always consider these tips before deciding to consolidate debt loans.