Federal Student Aid, Department of Education.
The Acting Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for loans made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program on or after July 1, 2017, but before July 1, 2018. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.268.
This notice is effective June 27, 2017.
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Rene Tiongquico, U.S. Department of Education, 830 First Street NE., 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 377-4270 or by email: Rene.Tiongquico@ed.gov.
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Section 455(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) (20 U.S.C. 1087e(b)), provides formulas for determining the interest rates charged to borrowers for loans made under the Direct Loan Program including: Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans (Direct Subsidized Loans); Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans (Direct Unsubsidized Loans); Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Direct PLUS Loans); and Federal Direct Consolidation Loans (Direct Consolidation Loans).
Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans (collectively, Direct Loans) first disbursed on or after July 1, 2013, have a fixed interest rate that is calculated based on the high yield of the 10-year Treasury notes auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 of each year, plus a statutory add-on percentage (a “margin”). While the interest rate determination for new loans will be different from year to year, each of these loans will have a fixed interest rate for Start Printed Page 29063the life of the loan. In each case the calculated rate is capped at a maximum interest rate. On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the United States Treasury Department held a 10-year Treasury note auction that resulted in a high yield of 2.400%.
The following chart contains specific information on the calculation of the interest rates for Direct Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2017, but before July 1, 2018. We will publish a separate notice containing the interest rates for Direct Loans that were made in prior years.
Fixed-Rate Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans First Disbursed On or After 7/1/2017 but Before 7/1/2018
|Loan type||Student grade level||Cohort||Index rate||Margin (%)||Fixed rate (%)||Max. rate (%)|
before||10-Year treasury note (%)|
|Unsubsidized||Graduate and Professional Students||7/1/2017||7/1/2018||2.400||3.60||6.00||9.50|
|PLUS||Parents of Dependent Undergraduates||7/1/2017||7/1/2018||2.400||4.60||7.00||10.50|
|PLUS||Graduate and Professional Students||7/1/2017||7/1/2018||2.400||4.60||7.00||10.50|
For an application for a Direct Consolidation Loan that was received by the Department on or after July 1, 2013, the interest rate on that loan is the weighted average of the loans being consolidated, rounded to the nearest higher 1/8 of 1 percent. These Direct Consolidation Loans do not have an interest rate cap.
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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1087, et seq.
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Dated: June 22, 2017.
Matthew D. Sessa,
Acting Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.
[FR Doc. 2017-13432 Filed 6-26-17; 8:45 am]
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