Take a look at the chart below to compare the benefits of loan rehabilitation versus the benefits of loan consolidation.
These involuntary payments may continue even after you begin making payments under a loan rehabilitation agreement, but they can’t be counted toward the required nine voluntary loan rehabilitation payments.Involuntary payments may continue to be taken until your loan is no longer in default or until you have made some of your rehabilitation payments.You’ll need to provide documentation of your monthly income and expenses, including a completed form.Depending on your individual circumstances, this alternative payment amount may be lower than the payment amount you were initially offered.To consolidate a defaulted federal student loan into a new Direct Consolidation Loan, you must either Note: If you choose to make three payments on the defaulted loan before you consolidate it, the required payment amount will be determined by your loan holder, but cannot be more than what is reasonable and affordable based on your total financial circumstances.
There are special considerations if you want to reconsolidate an existing Direct Consolidation Loan or Federal (FFEL) Consolidation Loan that is in default: In addition, if you want to consolidate a defaulted loan that is being collected through garnishment of your wages, or that is being collected in accordance with a court order after a judgment was obtained against you, you cannot consolidate the loan unless the wage garnishment order has been lifted or the judgment has been vacated.
To rehabilitate your loan, you must choose one of the two payment amounts.
Your loan holder may be collecting payments on your defaulted loan through wage garnishment or Treasury offset (taking all or part of your tax refunds or other government payments).
Late payments will remain on your credit report for seven years from when they were first reported.
It’s important that you fully understand loan rehabilitation and loan consolidation before making your decision.
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