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Consider Debt Consolidation

See if debt consolidation is right for you with three easy steps

Should you consider debt consolidation?

Debt consolidation may be a good option if you’re trying to pay off high-interest loans and credit cards and managing multiple monthly payments.
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How you may benefit from debt consolidation

Paying off multiple debts with a new loan and a single monthly payment may help you:

  • Lower your overall monthly expenses and increase your cash flow
  • Reduce stress with fewer bills to juggle
  • Reach savings goals more quickly with any extra cash you save

Consolidate debt one step at a time

1. Take inventory of your debt

  • Make a list of each loan and credit card balance, including the interest rate and monthly payment amount
  • Calculate the totals for both outstanding balances and monthly payments
  • Check your credit score to see where you stand

2. Explore your debt consolidation options

When finding the right loan, try to get the lowest interest rate possible. You’ll want to explore both secured and unsecured options.

Unsecured loans

Your credit history and credit score are key factors in determining your interest rate and the amount you may be able to borrow.

Personal loans

Secured loans

Using your savings or Wells Fargo CD as collateral may help you qualify for a loan and may result in a lower interest rate than your existing unsecured rates.

CD/Savings secured loans

Private student loans

Wells Fargo has options that allow you to consolidate multiple student loans into one. You can also apply jointly with a spouse, and parents may also combine student loans for multiple children.

Private student loans

3. Know before you borrow

If you decide debt consolidation is right for you, keep the following in mind:

  • Debt consolidation isn’t debt elimination. You’re restructuring your debt, not eliminating it.
  • Consider the total cost of borrowing. A loan with a longer term may have a lower monthly payment, but it can also significantly increase how much you pay over the life of the loan.
  • Avoid future debt. Use good credit habits and create a budget to help control future spending.

 Need help? 

If you’re facing financial challenges, don't wait – lenders want to work with you. Visit Wells Fargo Assist page or the National Foundation for Credit Counseling for help.