When you think about the debts you have incurred as an undergraduate, do not get upset about it. There are many undergraduates who come out college with both student loans and credit card debt. With the cost of tuition increasing and many students responsible for their schooling and living costs, it is only understandable why you will have debt coming out of college. This article will break down into three sections: the situation, the goods, and the bads of debt consolidation.
To think that you are the only one who has debt problems is to isolate yourself in the financial situation you are in. If you talk with friends, you will find they may be in the same boat as you are. You may even want to ask your friends if they are in the same situation so you have someone to talk about with this. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, Google the group Debtors Anonymous. You can talk about your debt problems with others in anonymity. This can be a very emotional process so it is important to have an outlet in which to express and share your emotions with others.
Debt consolidation can be very good for you because it can help you find a solution to your problem. Many people get themselves in debt but have no idea how to find a solution to reduce and eliminate the debt. Using a debt consolidation company will allow you to work with a trained professional who is able to look at your situation objectively. It can be very difficult to create solutions to your debt problems when you are so deep into the problem.
You are emotionally involved so you will not be thinking as clearly as the trained professional. Debt consolidation companies are able to talk with your creditors to often create one payment for you every month, which can eliminate the hassle of many different bills. These companies often can negotiate lower rates on your outstanding debts and help you create a budget to help you for the future.
Debt consolidation companies can be very good for you but there are drawbacks to using one as well. This can potentially have a negative effect on your credit. Your creditors may report that you have not paid your account as agreed in the original terms. Some debt consolidation companies have bad track records and you have to watch out for scam artists. You may have to pay fees to use these companies and this may be the last thing that you can afford when you are struggling to already pay your bills.
Hopefully this article has given you good insights into why you may want to work with a debt consolidation company or why you may shy away from one. Ultimately, the decision is yours but there is one main fact to keep in mind: do not isolate yourself simply because you have debt. There are many different resources available out there for you so do not be afraid to use these.