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Originally published Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 8:01 PM

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Thinking about consolidating student loans? Check here first

Here are a few websites that provide useful information on student loans.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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Student loans offer an invaluable avenue to help cover the cost of higher education. But they can also pose a financial burden on students once they graduate.

One method that recent grads can use to address outstanding education loans is loan consolidation. Several college and university financial-aid offices offer information about student loan consolidation.

But you might find some quicker answers regarding loan consolidation on the Web. Here are a few websites that provide useful information on the subject:

American Education


Breaks down the pros and cons of consolidation.

Covers benefits and pitfalls of consolidation.

Federal direct consolidation loans information center

Select "Borrower Services" for information and application process.


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