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When the agencies that provide financial aid change the rules and regulations, we will post the information to this page, helping you stay updated on what might affect your financial aid award package.

Federal Direct Student Loan Interest Rates Updated - July 2015

For loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2015 and prior to July 1, 2016, the fixed interest rates will be:

  • Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans - 4.29%
  • Direct Parent PLUS loans - 6.84%

The interest rate was determined using the formula established in the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 and based on the Treasury Department's 10-year Treasury note index of 2.24%.

New York State announces two new programs - May 2015

  • The Get on Your Feet Loan Forgiveness Program allows New York residents who graduate from a college located in New York State and continue to live in the state to pay nothing on their federal student loans for the first two years out of school if their income is not high enough. If you are graduating in 2014-15 or after, the program begins in early June. Check hesc.ny.gov for more information.
  • The New York State Achievement and Investment in Merit Scholarship (NY-AIMS) provides high school graduates who excel academically with merit-based scholarships to support their cost of attendance at any college in NYS. Five thousand awards of $500 each will be granted annually in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Application period will open mid- to late May. Check hesc.ny.gov for more information.

SEQUESTRATION - October  2014

Because sequestration is still in effect, the direct loan origination fees are rising. 

How this affects you: Direct loans with the first actual disbursement on or after December 1, 2013 will have increased origination fees. Stafford loan origination fees will rise from 1.072% to 1.073% and PLUS origination fees from 4.288% to 4.292%. 

Direct Federal Loan Interest Rates Increase - July 2014

Using the formula established in the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 and based on the Treasury Department's 10-year Treasury note auction on May 7, 2014, interest rates will increase for all Direct loans.

How this affects you: Undergraduate subsidized and unsubsidized loans will increase to 4.66% interest; Parent PLUS loans will increase to 7.21%. This will affect loans first disbursed between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 only. 

 

 

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Voting matters!
Take action with the Project on Student Debt, an initiative of the Institute for College Access and Success, dedicated to making college more affordable.
Join the movement with United States Student Association, the country's oldest student led organization mobilizing grassroots power to win student issues.

TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE OR STAY INFORMED:

US House of Representatives
US Senate
The White House
US Department of Education