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Refinancing with a Private Student Loan

A private consolidation loan, sometimes called a private refinance, is a private student loan used to refinance federal and private education loans.

Carefully consider whether you should refinance a Parent PLUS loan into a private consolidation loan. There are pros and cons of refinancing student loans. You will lose certain benefits if you refinance a federal loan into a private loan. Some of the key considerations include:

Follow these steps to refinance your Parent PLUS loans:


Risks of Refinancing a Parent PLUS Loan

There are several risks associated with refinancing a federal loan into a federal consolidation loan or private refinance:

Refinancing a student loan could possibly lower your interest, saving you money. Consider the pros and cons of student loan refinance before you decide. Refinancing federal loans into a private loan means a loss of all of the federal loan benefits – income-driven repayment options, potential for loan forgiveness, possible widespread loan forgiveness, generous deferment period if you lose your job or have an economic hardship, possibly loans that are subsidized, and potential widespread forgiveness. 

If you have decided that student loan refinance is right for you, check out our list of the best lenders to refinance student loans

Credible allows you to compare rates from 10 lenders without impacting your credit for free. Splash Financial is a student loan refinance marketplace that matches you with a lender with a low interest rate.

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