anyone else having problems getting to the site?http://loanconsolidation.ed.gov/i even tried pinging the ip: 188.8.131.52 but no luck!
Here's the address I used to get to the application:http://www.ed.gov/DirectLoan/another address:https://loanconsolidation.ed.gov/appentry/appindex.htmland another:https://www.dlservicer.ed.gov/maybe you forgot the "s" for "https".Hope this helps. :)
The site was extremely slow yesterday afternoon.. I would say unusable. Performance was fine at 7AM today (7/3/01).Jeremy
Imagine the number of hits on that thing this week. I know they had it down on Saturday and Sunday (not just slow, but offline), due to maintenance.The new interest rate and the 80 basis point "timely payer" incentive are making more and more newspapers now, (I saw it in three so far), that I wouldn't be surprised if the site gets sluggish every now and again all summer.The last time I know of that there was a mad rush to the gate was in late 1998/early 1999, when the government first offered a "reconsolidation" of loans to a variable rate of 6.92% (which at that time was an almost-unheard-of low.) I think Direct got 10 times their normal volume in that period.
>The last time I know of that there was a mad rush to the gate was in late> 1998/early 1999, when the government first offered a "reconsolidation" > of loans to a variable rate of 6.92% (which at that time was an > almost-unheard-of low.) I think Direct got 10 times their normal volume > in that period. and if you consolidated then, like I did, you might try applying for the current reconsolidation by phone. I eventually managed to get through to the online form, but the pull-down menu of loan types to be consolidated did not include a choice for the Direct Consolidation Loan I had. So I called to ask which loan type I should use, and the helpful guy said I could apply by phone. Since all my data was already in their system, it took about 10 seconds. (It will still take 30-90 days to process, however.)Heather
I think the choices are "E" for subsidized Federal Direct Consolidation and "K" for unsubsidized Federal Direct Consolidation.
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