There are several potential advantages to consolidating your loans including:
1. Streamlining your bill payment process
With more than one loan, you probably have to remember multiple due dates for your monthly repayments. With just one loan, you have only one repayment due date to remember and one check to write.
2. Extending your repayment term
If you are having difficulty repaying your loans or you anticipate a change in your income or expenses, you may want to consolidate so that you can lengthen the amount of time you have to repay your loans.
3. Switching from a variable to fixed-rate loan
If you have private loans at differing variable rates of interest, you may be able to consolidate and get one new loan with a fixed rate of interest.
4. Lowering the monthly payment amount.
Lengthening the term of your loan means that you will be paying less each month.