Come July 1, 2006 the rates on student loans will be jumping around 2 percent so now is the time to consolidate and lock in your existing rate. That increase is almost a 50 percent jump in interest for most borrowers, so pursue consolidation with a new lender or refinancing through your existing lender to lock in the current lifetime-low rates.
Here is an article from the Christian Science Monitor that talks about the change.
If you miss the July 1 deadline, you will be kicking yourself for up to 10 years as you pay back your student loans with a higher rate than you had to. Don’t delay, lenders are probably being overwhelmed with consolidation requests. So, stop reading right now, and start the consolidation process. You’ll thank me for it.