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Download as PDF 52778 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 173 / Thursday, September 7, 2006 / Notices 30, 2007, is 7.94 percent (4.84 percent plus 3.1 percent). 6. FFEL PLUS loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006—the interest rate is fixed at 8.50 percent. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Interest Rates for FFEL Consolidation Loans 1. FFEL Consolidation loans for which the consolidation loan was made by the lender before July 1, 1994—the interest rate is the weighted average of the interest rates on the loans consolidated, rounded to the nearest whole percent, but may not be less than nine percent. 2. FFEL Consolidation loans for which the consolidation loan was made by the lender on or after July 1, 1994, and before November 13, 1997—the interest rate is the weighted average of the interest rates on the loans consolidated, rounded to the nearest whole percent. 3. FFEL Consolidation loans for which the consolidation loan application was received by the lender on or after November 13, 1997, and before October 1, 1998—the interest rate may not exceed 8.25 percent: The interest rate for the period from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007, is 7.94 percent (4.84 percent plus 3.1 percent). 4. FFEL Consolidation loans for which the consolidation loan application was received by the lender on or after October 1, 1998, and before July 1, 2006—the interest rate may not exceed 8.25 percent: The interest rate is the weighted average of the interest rates on the loans consolidated, rounded to the nearest higher 1/8 of one percent. 5. If a portion of a Consolidation loan is attributable to a loan made under subpart I of part A of title VII of the Public Health Service Act, the maximum interest rate for that portion of a Consolidation loan is determined annually, for each 12-month period beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30. The interest rate equals the average of the bond equivalent rates of the 91day Treasury bills auctioned for the quarter ending prior to July 1, plus three percent. For the quarter ending before July 1, 2006, the average 91-day Treasury bill rate was 4.828 percent (rounded to 4.83 percent). The maximum interest rate for the period from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007, is 7.83 percent (4.83 percent plus 3.0 percent). Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:11 Sep 06, 2006 Jkt 208001 following site: www.ed.gov/news/ federegister. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free at 1–888– 293–6498; or in the Washington, DC area at (202) 512–1530. Note: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ index.html. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1087 et seq. Dated: August 31, 2006. Theresa S. Shaw, Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid. [FR Doc. E6–14799 Filed 9–6–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program Federal Student Aid, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice of interest rates for the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program for the period July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for the period July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 for loans made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Watson, U.S. Department of Education, room 114I2, 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 Relay Service (FRS) 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 under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 Stafford Loans (Direct Subsidized Loans), Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans (Direct Unsubsidized PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Loans), Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Direct PLUS Loans), and Federal Direct Consolidation Loans (Direct Consolidation Loans). The Direct Loan Program includes loans with variable interest rates and loans with fixed interest rates. Most loans made under the Direct Loan Program have variable interest rates that change each year. The variable interest rate formula that applies to a particular loan depends on the date of the first disbursement of the loan. The variable rates are determined annually and are effective for each 12-month period beginning July 1 of one year and ending June 30 of the following year. Pursuant to section 455(b) of the HEA, 20 U.S.C. 1087e(b), the interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans that are first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006, have a fixed interest rate of 6.80 percent. In addition, Direct PLUS Loans that are first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006, have a fixed interest rate of 7.90 percent. In the case of some Direct Consolidation Loans, the interest rate is determined by the date on which the Direct Consolidation Loan application was received. Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application was received on or after February 1, 1999 have a fixed interest rate based on the weighted average of the loans that are consolidated, rounded up to the nearest higher 1⁄8 of one percent. Pursuant to section 455(b) of the HEA, 20 U.S.C. 1087e(b), the Direct Loan interest rate formulas use the bond equivalent rates of the 91-day Treasury bills at the final auction held before June 1 of each year plus a statutory addon percentage to determine the variable interest rate for all Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans; Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application was received on or after July 1, 1998 and before February 1, 1999; and Direct PLUS Loans disbursed on or after July 1, 1998. The bond equivalent rate of the 91day Treasury bills auctioned on May 30, 2006, which is used to calculate the interest rates on these loans, is 4.843 percent, which is rounded to 4.84 percent. In addition, pursuant to section 455(b) of the HEA, 20 U.S.C. 1087e(b), as amended by Public Law 106–554, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2001, the interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans that were disbursed on or after July 1, 1994 and on or before July 1, 1998, is calculated based on the weekly average of a 1-year constant maturity Treasury yield, as published by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, for the last calendar week E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 173 / Thursday, September 7, 2006 / Notices ending on or before June 26 plus a statutory add-on percentage. The last calendar week ending on or before June 26, 2006 began on June 18, 2006 and ended on June 24, 2006. On June 26, 2006, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the 1-year constant maturity Treasury yield average as 5.24 percent. Below is specific information on the calculation of the interest rates for the Direct Loan Program. This information is listed in order by the date a loan was first disbursed or by the date that the Consolidation Application was received. In addition, a summary of the interest rates that are effective for the period July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007, is included on charts at the end of this notice. These charts are organized by loan type. In each chart, the interest rates are arranged by the date a loan was first disbursed or by the date that the consolidation application was received. For Direct Loan Program Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 1994, and before July 1, 1995: The interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 3.1 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 8.25 percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans that were first disbursed on or after July 1, 1994, and before July 1, 1995, is 7.94 percent during all periods. The interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans and Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans is the weekly average of a 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 June 26 plus 3.1 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 9.0 percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans and Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans that were first disbursed on or after July 1, 1994 and before July 1, 1995, is 8.34 percent for all periods. For Direct Loan Program Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 1995, and before July 1, 1998: The interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:11 Sep 06, 2006 Jkt 208001 before June 1 plus 3.1 percent. However, during in-school, grace, and deferment periods, the interest rate formula is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 2.5 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 8.25 percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans that were first disbursed on or after July 1, 1995, and before July 1, 1998, is 7.34 percent during in-school, grace, and deferment periods and 7.94 percent during all other periods. The interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans and Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans is the weekly average of a 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 June 26 plus 3.1 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 9.0 percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans and Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans that were first disbursed on or after July 1, 1995 and before July 1, 1998, is 8.34 percent during all periods. For Direct Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 1998, and before October 1, 1998: The interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 2.3 percent. However, during in-school, grace, and deferment periods, the interest rate formula is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 1.7 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 8.25 percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans that were first disbursed on or after July 1, 1998 and before October 1, 1998, is 6.54 percent during in-school, grace, and deferment periods and 7.14 percent during all other periods. The interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans and Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 3.1 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 9.0 percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans and PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52779 Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans that were disbursed on or after July 1, 1998, and before October 1, 1998, is 7.94 percent during all periods. For Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 1998, and before July 1, 2006: The interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 2.3 percent. However, during in-school, grace, and deferment periods, the interest rate formula is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills plus 1.7 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 8.25 percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans that were disbursed after July 1, 1998, and before July 1, 2006, is 6.54 percent during in-school, grace, and deferment periods and 7.14 percent during all other periods. The interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 3.1 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 9.0 percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans that were disbursed after July 1, 1998, and before July 1, 2006, is 7.94 percent during all periods. For Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006: The interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans that were first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006 is a fixed interest rate of 6.80 percent during all periods. The interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans that were first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006 is a fixed interest rate of 7.90 percent during all periods. For Direct Consolidation Loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 1998 and for which the application was received before October 1, 1998: The interest rate for Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 2.3 percent. However, during in-school, grace, and deferment periods, the interest rate formula is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 1.7 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 8.25 percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest rate E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 173 / Thursday, September 7, 2006 / Notices rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES for Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans that were first disbursed on or after July 1, 1998 and before October 1, 1998, is 6.54 percent during in-school, grace, and deferment periods and 7.14 percent during all other periods. The interest rate for Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 3.1 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 9.0 percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans and Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans that were disbursed on or after July 1, 1998, and before October 1, 1998, is 7.94 percent during all periods. For Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application was received on or after October 1, 1998, and before February 1, 1999: The interest rate for Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application was received on or after VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:11 Sep 06, 2006 Jkt 208001 October 1, 1998 and before February 1, 1999 is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 2.3 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 8.25 percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest rate for Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application was received on or after October 1, 1998 and before February 1, 1999, is 7.14 percent during all periods. For Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application was received on or after February 1, 1999: The interest rate for Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application was received on or after February 1, 1999, and before July 1, 2006, is the lesser of 8.25 percent, or the weighted average of the loans consolidated, rounded to the nearest higher 1⁄8 of one percent. Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: www.ed.gov/news/ federegister. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free at 1–888– 293–6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530. 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ADDRESSES: DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [Docket No. EA–98–J] Application To Export Electric Energy; Western Systems Power Pool Office Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Application. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Western Systems Power Pool (WSPP) has applied, on behalf of certain of its members, to renew their authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada pursuant to section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:11 Sep 06, 2006 Jkt 208001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Russell (Program Office) 202–586– 9624 or Michael Skinker (Program Attorney) 202–586–2793. Exports of electricity from the United States to a foreign country are regulated and require authorization under section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act (FPA) (16 U.S.C. 824a(e)). 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The facilities consist of two 500–kV transmission lines and one 230–kV transmission line that interconnect with facilities of BC Hydro, and one 230–kV line that E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 EN07SE06.020</GPH> Comments, protests or requests to intervene must be submitted on or before September 22, 2006. DATES: [FR Doc. E6–14800 Filed 9–6–06; 8:45 am] 52783 EN07SE06.019</GPH> Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 173 / Thursday, September 7, 2006 / Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

AGENCY: Federal Student Aid, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of interest rates for the William D. Ford Federal Direct 
Loan Program for the period July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007.

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SUMMARY: The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces 
the interest rates for the period July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 
for loans made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct 
Loan) Program.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Watson, U.S. Department of 
Education, room 114I2, 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 Relay Service (FRS) 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 under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 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).
    The Direct Loan Program includes loans with variable interest rates 
and loans with fixed interest rates. Most loans made under the Direct 
Loan Program have variable interest rates that change each year. The 
variable interest rate formula that applies to a particular loan 
depends on the date of the first disbursement of the loan. The variable 
rates are determined annually and are effective for each 12-month 
period beginning July 1 of one year and ending June 30 of the following 
year.Pursuant to section 455(b) of the HEA, 20 U.S.C. 1087e(b), the 
interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans 
that are first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006, have a fixed 
interest rate of 6.80 percent. In addition, Direct PLUS Loans that are 
first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006, have a fixed interest rate of 
7.90 percent.
    In the case of some Direct Consolidation Loans, the interest rate 
is determined by the date on which the Direct Consolidation Loan 
application was received. Direct Consolidation Loans for which the 
application was received on or after February 1, 1999 have a fixed 
interest rate based on the weighted average of the loans that are 
consolidated, rounded up to the nearest higher \1/8\ of one percent.
    Pursuant to section 455(b) of the HEA, 20 U.S.C. 1087e(b), the 
Direct Loan interest rate formulas use the bond equivalent rates of the 
91-day Treasury bills at the final auction held before June 1 of each 
year plus a statutory add-on percentage to determine the variable 
interest rate for all Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized 
Loans; Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application was 
received on or after July 1, 1998 and before February 1, 1999; and 
Direct PLUS Loans disbursed on or after July 1, 1998.
    The bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned on 
May 30, 2006, which is used to calculate the interest rates on these 
loans, is 4.843 percent, which is rounded to 4.84 percent.
    In addition, pursuant to section 455(b) of the HEA, 20 U.S.C. 
1087e(b), as amended by Public Law 106-554, the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act, 2001, the interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans that 
were disbursed on or after July 1, 1994 and on or before July 1, 1998, 
is calculated based on the weekly average of a 1-year constant maturity 
Treasury yield, as published by the Board of Governors of the Federal 
Reserve System, for the last calendar week

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ending on or before June 26 plus a statutory add-on percentage.
    The last calendar week ending on or before June 26, 2006 began on 
June 18, 2006 and ended on June 24, 2006. On June 26, 2006, the Board 
of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the 1-year 
constant maturity Treasury yield average as 5.24 percent.
    Below is specific information on the calculation of the interest 
rates for the Direct Loan Program. This information is listed in order 
by the date a loan was first disbursed or by the date that the 
Consolidation Application was received.
    In addition, a summary of the interest rates that are effective for 
the period July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007, is included on charts at 
the end of this notice. These charts are organized by loan type. In 
each chart, the interest rates are arranged by the date a loan was 
first disbursed or by the date that the consolidation application was 
received.
    For Direct Loan Program Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 
1994, and before July 1, 1995: The interest rate for Direct Subsidized 
Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct Subsidized and 
Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-
day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 
plus 3.1 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 8.25 percent 
during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest 
rate for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct 
Subsidized and Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans that were first 
disbursed on or after July 1, 1994, and before July 1, 1995, is 7.94 
percent during all periods.
    The interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans and Direct PLUS 
Consolidation Loans is the weekly average of a 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 June 26 
plus 3.1 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 9.0 percent 
during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest 
rate for Direct PLUS Loans and Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans that 
were first disbursed on or after July 1, 1994 and before July 1, 1995, 
is 8.34 percent for all periods.
    For Direct Loan Program Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 
1995, and before July 1, 1998: The interest rate for Direct Subsidized 
Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct Subsidized and 
Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-
day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 
plus 3.1 percent. However, during in-school, grace, and deferment 
periods, the interest rate formula is the bond equivalent rate of the 
91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 
plus 2.5 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 8.25 percent 
during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest 
rate for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct 
Subsidized and Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans that were first 
disbursed on or after July 1, 1995, and before July 1, 1998, is 7.34 
percent during in-school, grace, and deferment periods and 7.94 percent 
during all other periods.
    The interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans and Direct PLUS 
Consolidation Loans is the weekly average of a 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 June 26 
plus 3.1 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 9.0 percent 
during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest 
rate for Direct PLUS Loans and Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans that 
were first disbursed on or after July 1, 1995 and before July 1, 1998, 
is 8.34 percent during all periods.
    For Direct Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 1998, and 
before October 1, 1998: The interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans, 
Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized 
Consolidation Loans is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury 
bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 2.3 
percent. However, during in-school, grace, and deferment periods, the 
interest rate formula is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day 
Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 
1.7 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 8.25 percent during 
any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest rate for 
Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct 
Subsidized and Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans that were first 
disbursed on or after July 1, 1998 and before October 1, 1998, is 6.54 
percent during in-school, grace, and deferment periods and 7.14 percent 
during all other periods.
    The interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans and Direct PLUS 
Consolidation Loans is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury 
bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 3.1 
percent. These interest rates may not exceed 9.0 percent during any 
period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest rate for 
Direct PLUS Loans and Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans that were 
disbursed on or after July 1, 1998, and before October 1, 1998, is 7.94 
percent during all periods.
    For Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Direct PLUS 
Loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 1998, and before July 1, 
2006: The interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct 
Unsubsidized Loans is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury 
bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 2.3 
percent. However, during in-school, grace, and deferment periods, the 
interest rate formula is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day 
Treasury bills plus 1.7 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 
8.25 percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, 
the interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized 
Loans that were disbursed after July 1, 1998, and before July 1, 2006, 
is 6.54 percent during in-school, grace, and deferment periods and 7.14 
percent during all other periods.
    The interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans is the bond equivalent rate 
of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before 
June 1 plus 3.1 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 9.0 
percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the 
interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans that were disbursed after July 1, 
1998, and before July 1, 2006, is 7.94 percent during all periods.
    For Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct 
PLUS Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006: The interest rate 
for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans that were 
first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006 is a fixed interest rate of 
6.80 percent during all periods.
    The interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans that were first disbursed 
on or after July 1, 2006 is a fixed interest rate of 7.90 percent 
during all periods.
    For Direct Consolidation Loans first disbursed on or after October 
1, 1998 and for which the application was received before October 1, 
1998: The interest rate for Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized 
Consolidation Loans is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury 
bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 2.3 
percent. However, during in-school, grace, and deferment periods, the 
interest rate formula is the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day 
Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 plus 
1.7 percent. These interest rates may not exceed 8.25 percent during 
any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, the interest rate

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for Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans that were 
first disbursed on or after July 1, 1998 and before October 1, 1998, is 
6.54 percent during in-school, grace, and deferment periods and 7.14 
percent during all other periods.
    The interest rate for Direct PLUS Consolidation Loans is the bond 
equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final 
auction held before June 1 plus 3.1 percent. These interest rates may 
not exceed 9.0 percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to June 
30, 2007, the interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans and Direct PLUS 
Consolidation Loans that were disbursed on or after July 1, 1998, and 
before October 1, 1998, is 7.94 percent during all periods.
    For Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application was 
received on or after October 1, 1998, and before February 1, 1999: The 
interest rate for Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application 
was received on or after October 1, 1998 and before February 1, 1999 is 
the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the 
final auction held before June 1 plus 2.3 percent. These interest rates 
may not exceed 8.25 percent during any period. From July 1, 2006, to 
June 30, 2007, the interest rate for Direct Consolidation Loans for 
which the application was received on or after October 1, 1998 and 
before February 1, 1999, is 7.14 percent during all periods.
    For Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application was 
received on or after February 1, 1999: The interest rate for Direct 
Consolidation Loans for which the application was received on or after 
February 1, 1999, and before July 1, 2006, is the lesser of 8.25 
percent, or the weighted average of the loans consolidated, rounded to 
the nearest higher \1/8\ of one percent.
    Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as 
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the 
Internet at the following site: www.ed.gov/news/federegister.
    To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available 
free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. 
Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free at 1-888-293-6498; or in 
the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.


    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal 
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/
index.html.


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

    Dated: August 31, 2006.
Theresa S. Shaw,
Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.
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