Consolidating private government student loans

Most borrowers will need a cosigner for this loan to meet credit, employment, and debt-to-income requirements.

Rates are typically higher without a cosigner; however, borrowers that meet these requirements on their own do not need a cosigner (but may still choose to apply with a cosigner).

A cosigner is someone who shares responsibility with the borrower for repaying the loan.

The cosigner doesn’t have to be a relative; he or she can be any adult who meets the eligibility requirements.

College students can take out new loans each year they're in school, so by the time graduation comes, it's common to have half a dozen, or more, individual loans.

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