Consumers can use debt consolidation as a tool to deal with student loan debt, credit card debt and other types of debt.
There are several ways consumers can lump debts into a single payment.
Debt settlement aims to reduce your obligations rather than just reducing the number of creditors.
One is to consolidate all their credit card payments onto one new credit card – which can be a good idea if the card charges little or no interest for a period of time – or utilize an existing credit card's balance transfer feature (especially if it's offering a special promotion on the transaction).
Home equity loans or home equity lines of credit are another form of consolidation sought by some people, as the interest on this type of loan is deductible for borrowers taxpayers who itemize their deductions.
Secured loans are backed by an asset of the borrower’s, such as a house or a car, that works as collateral for the loan.
More traditional, unsecured debt consolidation loans, which are not backed by assets, can be more difficult to obtain.