- Make satisfactory repayment arrangements on the defaulted loans with the current loan holder(s) before consolidating.
- Agree to repay the new Direct Consolidation Loan under either the Income Contingent or Income-Based Repayment Plan.
Borrowers cannot consolidate defaulted loans under these conditions:
- If a judgment has been issued against a defaulted loan, it cannot be included in the consolidation unless the judgment order has been vacated (dismissed).
- If they are trying to consolidate defaulted Direct Consolidation Loans and do not include at least one additional eligible loan in the consolidation.
- If the loan is in active wage garnishment.
- If you have an active disability application pending.
- If the loan is in school status.
- If the student loan is private.
Note: Borrowers with defaulted FFEL or Direct Loan Program loans may be liable for collection costs incurred to collect the loans. If the holder of the defaulted loan, which may be either the U.S. Department of Education or a guaranty agency, retains a collection agency to collect defaulted loans, charges imposed by the collection agency may be added to the amount borrowers owe. This means that the amount of the Direct Consolidation Loan may include collection costs of up to 18.5% of the principal and interest outstanding on the defaulted loan.
For more consolidation frequently asked questions you can visit http://loanconsolidation.ed.gov/help/faq.html
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