As the interest rate on federal student loans has seen an increase in the past year (starting on July 1, 2014) some are worried that the rise in Direct Loans is going to cause a problem. In the 2013-14 school year, Direct Loans saw a record low in interest rates at just 3.86 percent for undergraduate students and 5.41 percent for graduate students.
For the 2014-15 school year, however, these numbers have rise and now Direct Loans carry a 4.66 percent interest rate for undergraduates and 6.21 percent for graduates. That doesn’t seem like such a large increase, but why is it such a concern.
Some economists believe that instead of trying to raise the interest rate in order to collect more money from the students that are borrowing on these Direct Loans that the interest should be dropped below it’s record point in 2013-14. They have explained that dropping the interest rate even lower will result in lower monthly payments, thus avoiding defaults and delinquencies, which has become a large problem in the United States.
With the student loan debt now topping over $1 trillion in America, there may be a point to that. If every student is able to pay the extra $2 to $3 per month that will result in this interest rate on time, then it will only make a small dent into the national debt. If dropping the interest rate in half would result in saving students an extra $5 or so per month, it wouldn’t make a huge difference for them either.
Learning in college nowadays is usually challenging. The rising price of education is making many Americans find it difficult to manage their money. The U. S. government seeks to address this need of countless American households to supply education for his or her children after high school through a program which offers direct loans to students to cover their college training.
Technically, there has to be an interest rate on Direct Loans or else the Federal Government would not be receiving any money at all in return. However, the problem with debt and defaults has become such a problem that lowering the interest back to its record low points is certainly something to consider.
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