Usually, consolidation is a faster way to get out of students’ debt than a reasonable and affordable payment plan. Once you go through the application process and get a direct Consolidation Loan, you will immediately be taken out of default status. You will stay this way as long as you keep making payments.
Although student loans are not secured debt, and therefore you will not lose your home or car if you don’t pay them, they are also different from most other unsecure debts. If you don’t pay your student loans, you won’t be able toget additional student loans or grants in the future. In addition you will be subjected to a number of special debt collection tactics that only the government can use.
These government collection tools can have very severe consequences.
First, the government can charge you collection fees, often far in excess of the amount you originally borrowed. Second, unlike almost every other kind of debt imaginable, thereis no statute of limitations for collection of student loans. This means that every 20-30 years after you went to school, the government can continue to try to collect your loans.