By cutting out the middleman – the private lender – the Department of Education administers funding with greater efficiency, thus expanding educational opportunity among borrowers.
Loan consolidation allows students to package existing educational debt into a single government loan.
If you have multiple outstanding federal student loans, including Stafford, Perkins and PLUS Loans, it might make fiscal sense for you to utilize consolidation.
But participation does not always guarantee a rosier outlook.
Stafford Loans, and other government-subsidized initiatives, including consolidation loans, were among BOA’s stable of student assistance programs.
Today, regional and national banks extend attractive private student loan products, but they are no longer included in the federal financial aid process.
The Health Care and Educatioon Reconciliation Act of 2010 made fundamental changes in the way student loans are administered.
Subsidies for banks that gave student loans were eliminated, and the student loan program took on a self-funded model.
Private lenders once played a larger role in the student loan market than they do today.
In the past, students submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to the Department of Education, before being referred to private lenders for loan fulfillment.
In other words; the Federal Government would determine your eligibility for subsidized loans, and then a private credit union, bank or loan servicer would provide the funds.
Bank of America was active in that market, providing financing for participants in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).