Is a debt consolidation loan right for me?
If you’re thinking about your financial situation and want to get on top of things, we can help you take control so you can enjoy some financial breathing space. It might be time to reassess your situation. Look at the cards in your wallet and your account in your online banking and answer a few questions.
Credit cards and store cards Show more
- How many credit cards and store cards do you have?
- What are the annual fees?
- How much interest is charged?
- Are your repayments reducing the debt or only paying off the interest?
Personal loans Show more
- How many personal loans (including car loans) do you have?
- How much interest do you pay?
- When are your repayments made?
Total debts Show more
- What is your total debt?
- What is the total amount of interest you’re paying?
- What are the total fees you are paying?
- What does your repayment calendar look like – what day and how often?
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The calculations provided are estimates only and based upon the information entered into the calculator by the user. The calculations do not include upfront or continuing credit fees and charges. The resulting calculations do not constitute a loan application or variation to an existing CUA facility, loan offer or loan approval.
What are the benefits of consolidating debt?
If you have a number of debts, it can be hard to know where to start. By rolling all your debts into one, you can focus on paying off one amount. Having just one figure to focus on can help to reduce your debt faster.
One manageable repayment Show more
Pay just one repayment weekly, fortnightly or monthly on your payday or a day that suits you. It’s much easier to keep track of which means you can avoid late payment fees and even improve your credit rating.
If you choose a fixed rate debt consolidation loan, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your repayment amount won’t change throughout the life of your loan.
Save on fees and interest Show more
Consolidating debt stops you from paying multiple annual fees or account keeping fees, and it means you’ll only pay one lot of interest.
Interest rates for personal loans are often less than rates for credit cards and store cards too, meaning lower repayments.
Reduce debt faster Show more
If you only pay the minimum repayment across multiple cards and loans, you may only be paying off the interest and not reducing your debt. By rolling it into one, your repayments will actually make a difference.
Add extra repayments to the amount you were previously paying and you’ll be able to pay off your loan sooner.
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What debts can I consolidate? Show content
Debt consolidation loans can be helpful if you have many ‘small’ debts such as credit cards, store cards, overdrafts, private student loans, car loans or even in some cases, private debt.
What is a fixed rate loan? Show content
A fixed rate loan means your interest rate is locked in from the day you take out your loan. If interest rates go up or down while you’re on your fixed rate loan, your repayments will remain the same.
What is a variable rate loan? Show content
A variable rate loan means that the interest rate you pay may go up or down throughout the life of the loan.
What is a loan term? Show content
The term of the loan is simply the amount of time you’ve agreed to take to pay it back.
What is a comparison rate? Show content
Every loan has an interest rate as well as a number of fees associated with it (like an establishment fee, annual fees or monthly fees). Some loans may seem attractive, having a very low interest rate, but end up costing more than one with a higher interest rate once the fees are factored in. A comparison rate helps you compare ‘apples to apples’ by factoring all of the fees over the life of the loan into the interest rate.