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William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

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AGENCY:

Department of Education.

ACTION:

Notice of the annual updates to the income contingent repayment (ICR) plan formula for 2002.

SUMMARY:

The Secretary announces the annual updates to the ICR plan formula for 2002. Under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, borrowers may choose to repay Start Printed Page 44818their student loans under the ICR plan, which bases the repayment amount on the borrower's income, family size, loan amount, and interest rate. Each year, we adjust the formula for calculating a borrower's payment to reflect changes due to inflation. This notice contains the constant multiplier chart and the required updates based on inflation for examples of how the calculation of the monthly ICR amount is performed, the income percentage factors, and charts showing sample repayment amounts. These updates are effective from July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Don Watson, U.S. Department of Education, Room 092B1, UCP, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-5400. Telephone: (202) 377-4008. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding paragraph.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Direct Loan Program borrowers may choose to repay their Direct Loans under the ICR plan. The attachment to this notice provides updates to examples of how the calculation of the monthly ICR amount is performed, the income percentage factors, the constant multiplier chart, and charts showing sample repayment amounts.

We have updated the income percentage factors to reflect changes based on inflation. We have revised the income percentage factor table by changing the dollar amounts of the incomes shown by a percentage equal to the estimated percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers from December 2001 to December 2002. Further, we provide examples of monthly repayment amount calculations and two charts that show sample repayment amounts for single and married or head-of-household borrowers at various income and debt levels based on the updated income percentage factors.

The updated income percentage factors, at any given income, may cause a borrower's payments to be slightly lower than they were in prior years. This updated amount more accurately reflects the impact of inflation on a borrower's current ability to repay.

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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1087 et seq.

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Dated: July 1, 2002.

Candace M. Kane,

Acting Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.

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Attachment—Examples of the Calculations of Monthly Repayment Amounts

Example 1.

This example assumes you are a single borrower with $15,000 in Direct Loans, the interest rate being charged is 8.25 percent, and you have an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $32,345.

Step 1: Determine your annual payments based on what you would pay over 12 years using standard amortization. To do this, multiply your loan balance by the constant multiplier for 8.25 percent interest (0.1315449). The constant multiplier is a factor used to calculate amortized payments at a given interest rate over a fixed period of time. (The 8.25 percent interest rate used in this example is the maximum interest rate charged for all Direct Loans excluding Direct PLUS Loans and may not be your actual interest rate. You can view the constant multiplier chart at the end of this notice to determine the constant multiplier that you should use for the interest rate on your loan. If your exact interest rate is not listed, use the next highest for estimation purposes.)

  • 0.1315449 × $15,000 = $1,973.17

Step 2: Multiply the result of Step 1 by the income percentage factor shown in the income percentage factors table that corresponds to your income and then divide the result by 100. (If your income is not listed in the income percentage factors table, calculate the applicable income percentage factor by following the instructions under the “Interpolation” heading later in this notice.):

  • 88.77 × $1,973.17÷100 = $1,751.58

Step 3: Determine 20 percent of your discretionary income. Because you are a single borrower, subtract the poverty level for a family of one, as published in the Federal Register on February 14, 2002 (67 FR 6931), from your income and multiply the result by 20 percent:

  • $32,345 − $8,860 = $23,485
  • $23,485 × 0.20 = $4,697

Step 4: Compare the amount from Step 2 with the amount from Step 3. The lower of the two will be your annual payment amount. In this example, you will be paying the amount calculated under Step 2. To determine your monthly repayment amount, divide the annual amount by 12.

  • $1,751.58 ÷ 12 = $145.97

Example 2.

In this example, you are married. You and your spouse have a combined AGI of $61,121 and are repaying your loans jointly under the ICR plan. You have no children. You have a Direct Loan balance of $10,000, and your spouse has a Direct Loan balance of $15,000. Your interest rate is 8.25 percent.

Step 1: Add your and your spouse's Direct Loan balances together to determine your aggregate loan balance:

  • $10,000 + $15,000 = $25,000

Step 2: Determine the annual payment based on what you would pay over 12 years using standard amortization. To do this, multiply your aggregate loan balance by the constant multiplier for 8.25 percent interest (0.1315449). (The 8.25 percent interest rate used in this example is the maximum interest rate charged for all Direct Loans excluding Direct PLUS Loans and may not be your actual interest rate. You can view the constant multiplier chart at the end of this notice to determine the constant multiplier that you should use for the interest rate on your loan. If your exact interest rate is not listed, use the next highest for estimation purposes.)

  • 0.1315449 × $25,000 = $3,288.62

Step 3: Multiply the result of Step 2 by the income percentage factor shown in the income percentage factors table that corresponds to your and your spouse's income and then divide the result by 100. (If your and your spouse's aggregate income is not listed in the income percentage factors table, calculate the applicable income percentage factor by following the instructions under the “Interpolation” heading later in this notice.):

  • 109.40 × $3,288.62÷ 100 = $3,597.75

Step 4: Determine 20 percent of your discretionary income. To do this, subtract the poverty level for a family of two, as published in the Federal Register on February 14, 2002 (67 FR 6931), from your aggregate income and multiply the result by 20 percent:

  • $61,121−$11,940 = $49,181
  • $49,181 × 0.20 = $9,836.20

Step 5: Compare the amount from Step 3 with the amount from Step 4. The lower of the two will be your annual payment amount. You and your spouse will pay the amount calculated under Step 3. To determine your monthly repayment amount, divide the annual amount by 12.

  • $3,597.75÷12 = $299.81

Interpolation: If your income does not appear on the income percentage factors table, you will have to calculate the income percentage factor through interpolation. For example, assume you are single and your income is $25,000.

Step 1: Find the closest income listed that is less than your income of $25,000 and the closest income listed that is greater than your income of $25,000.

Step 2: Subtract the lower amount from the higher amount (for this discussion, we will call the result the “income interval”): Start Printed Page 44819

  • $25,751 − $21,641 = $4,110

Step 3: Determine the difference between the two income percentage factors that are given for these incomes (for this discussion, we will call the result, the “income percentage factor interval”):

  • 80.33% − 71.89% = 8.44%

Step 4: Subtract from your income the closest income shown on the chart that is less than your income of $25,000:

  • $25,000 − $21,641 = $3,359

Step 5: Divide the result of Step 4 by the income interval determined in Step 2:

  • $3,359 ÷ $4,110 = 0.81727

Step 6: Multiply the result of Step 5 by the income percentage factor interval:

  • 8.44% × 0.81727 = 6.89776%

Step 7: Add the result of Step 6 to the lower of the two income percentage factors used in Step 3 to calculate the income percentage factor interval for $25,000 in income:

  • 6.89776% + 71.89% = 78.79% (rounded to the nearest hundredth)

The result is the income percentage factor that will be used to calculate the monthly repayment amount under the ICR plan.

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