Your student loans are a serious financial obligation that must be repaid. In addition, to the amount that you borrow (the principal); you will also be charged interest for the use of the loan funds.
There are several resources to assist you in your loan management endeavor.
If you need to determine how much you have borrowed in total you should visit the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). NSLDS lists the federal student loans (Stafford, Perkins, Parent PLUS and Graduate PLUS) you have borrowed as a student. You can view the type of loan, amount borrowed, accumulated interest, lender and servicer information. If you borrowed alternative loans, you must contact your lender for information about your loan.
Repaying Student Loans Quick Reference Guide [PDF] – includes the student loan interest deduction, consolidation loans, repayment plans, income-based repayment, public service loan forgiveness, dealing with financial difficulty, default, deferments and forbearances, loan rehabilitation, budgeting tips and loan cancellation.
For more information on managing loan repayment, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans.
A consolidated loan allows a borrower to consolidate (combine) multiple federal student loans into one loan. The result is a single monthly payment instead of multiple payments.
To learn more about consolidation, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/consolidation