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Notice

Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Variable-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

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AGENCY:

Federal Student Aid, Department of Education.

ACTION:

Notice.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.268.

SUMMARY:

The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Subsidized Loans), Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Unsubsidized Loans), and Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Direct PLUS Loan) with first disbursement dates before July 1, 2006, and for Federal Direct Consolidation Loans (Direct Consolidation Loans) for which the application was received before February 1, 1999. The rates announced in this notice are in effect for the period July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Travis Sturlaugson, U.S. Department of Education, 830 First Street NE, 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 377-4174. Email: travis.sturlaugson@ed.gov.

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Direct PLUS Loans, and Direct Consolidation Loans (collectively referred to as “Direct Loans”) may have either fixed or variable interest rates, depending on when the loan was first disbursed or, in the case of a Direct Consolidation Loan, when the application for the loan was received. Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed before July 1, 2006, and Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application was received before February 1, 1999, have variable interest rates. For these loans, a new rate is determined annually and is in effect during the period from July 1 of one year through June 30 of the following year.

Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006, and Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application was received on or after February 1, 1999, have fixed interest rates that apply for the life of the loan.

This notice announces the interest rates for variable-rate Direct Loans that will apply during the period from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Interest rate information for fixed-rate Direct Loans is announced in a separate notice published in the Federal Register.

Interest rates for variable-rate Direct Loans are determined in accordance with formulas specified in section 455(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) (20 U.S.C. 1087e(b)). The formulas vary depending on loan type and when the loan was first disbursed or, for certain Direct Consolidation Loans, when the application for the loan was received. The HEA specifies a maximum interest rate for these loan types. If the interest rate formula results in a rate that exceeds the statutory maximum rate, the rate is the statutory maximum rate.

Variable-Rate Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans

For Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans with first disbursement dates before July 1, 2006, and for Direct PLUS Loans with first disbursement dates on or after July 1, 1998, and before July 1, 2006, the interest rate is equal to the lesser of—

(1) The bond equivalent rate of 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before the June 1 immediately preceding the 12-month period to which the interest rate applies, plus a statutory add-on percentage; or

(2) 8.25 percent (for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans) or 9.00 percent (for Direct PLUS Loans).

For Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans with first disbursement dates on or after July 1, 1995, and before July 1, 2006, the statutory add-on percentage varies depending on whether the loan is in an in-school, grace, or deferment status, or in any other status. For all other loans, the statutory add-on percentage is the same during any status.

The bond equivalent rate of 91-day Treasury bills auctioned on May 26, 2020, is 0.132 percent, rounded to 0.13 percent.

For Direct PLUS Loans with first disbursement dates before July 1, 1998, the interest rate is equal to the lesser of—

(1) The weekly average 1-year constant maturity Treasury yield, as published by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, for the last calendar week ending on or before the June 26 preceding the 12-month period to which the interest rate applies, plus a statutory add-on percentage; or

(2) 9.00 percent.

The weekly average of the one-year constant maturity Treasury yield, as published by the Board of Governors of Start Printed Page 48232the Federal Reserve System, for the last calendar week ending on or before June 26, 2020, is 0.17 percent.

Variable-Rate Direct Consolidation Loans

A Direct Consolidation Loan may have up to three components, depending on the types of loans that were repaid by the consolidation loan and when the application for the consolidation loan was received. The three components are called Direct Subsidized Consolidation Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans, and (only for Direct Consolidation Loans made based on applications received before July 1, 2006) Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans. In most cases the interest rates for variable-rate Direct Subsidized Consolidation Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans, and Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans are determined in accordance with the same formulas that apply to Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans, respectively.

Interest Rate Charts

Charts 1 and 2 show the interest rate formulas used to determine the interest rates for all variable-rate Direct Loans and the rates that are in effect during the 12-month period from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Chart 1 shows the interest rates for loans with rates based on the 91-day Treasury bill rate. Chart 2 shows the interest rates for loans with rates based on the weekly average of the one-year constant maturity Treasury yield.

Chart 1—Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Direct Subsidized Consolidation Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans, Direct PLUS Loans, and Direct Plus Consolidation Loans

[Interest rates based on 91-day Treasury bill]

Loan typeCohort91-day T-bill rate 05/26/20 (%)Add-on (%)Maximum rate (%)Interest rate 07/01/20 through 06/30/21 (%)
Subsidized, UnsubsidizedFirst disbursed on/after 07/01/98 and before 07/01/060.131.70 (in-school, grace, deferment)2.30 (any other status)8.251.83 (in-school, grace, deferment)2.43 (any other status)
Subsidized Consolidation, Unsubsidized ConsolidationFirst disbursed on/after 07/01/98 and before 10/01/98; or Application received before 10/01/98 and first disbursed on/after 10/01/98
PLUSFirst disbursed on/after 07/01/98 and before 07/01/060.133.109.003.23
PLUS ConsolidationFirst disbursed on/after 07/01/1998 and before 10/01/1998; or Application received before 10/01/98 and first disbursed on/after 10/01/98
Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Subsidized Consolidation, Unsubsidized ConsolidationFirst disbursed on/after 07/01/95 and before 07/01/980.132.50 (in-school, grace, deferment)3.10 (any other status)8.252.63 (in-school, grace, deferment)3.23 (any other status)
Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Subsidized Consolidation, Unsubsidized ConsolidationFirst disbursed before 07/01/950.13.108.253.23
Subsidized Consolidation, Unsubsidized Consolidation, PLUS ConsolidationApplication received on/after 10/01/98 and before 02/01/990.132.308.252.43
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Chart 2—Direct PLUS Loans and Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans

[Interest rates based on weekly average of one-year constant maturity treasury yield]

Loan typeCohortWeekly average of 1-year constant maturity Treasury yield for last calendar week ending on or before 06/26/20 (%)Add-on (%)Maximum rate (%)Interest rate 07/01/20 through 06/30/21 (%)
PLUS, PLUS ConsolidationFirst disbursed before 07/01/980.173.109.003.27

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

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Mark A. Brown,

Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.

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[FR Doc. 2020-17396 Filed 8-7-20; 8:45 am]

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