Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Fixed-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, 48229-48231 [2020-17395]

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[FR Doc. 2020–17337 Filed 8–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Fixed-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program Federal Student Aid, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.268. 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 Loans) made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan SUMMARY: (Direct Loan) Program with first disbursement dates on or after July 1, 2020, and before July 1, 2021. 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. 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 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. 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 that are determined annually and are in effect during the period from July 1 of one year through June 30 of the following year. This notice announces the fixed interest rates for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans with first disbursement dates on or after July 1, 2020, and before July 1, 2021, and provides interest rate information for other fixed-rate Direct Loans. Interest rate information for variable-rate Direct Loans is announced in a separate Federal Register notice. Fixed-Rate Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans First Disbursed on or After July 1, 2013 Section 455(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) (20 U.S.C. 1087e(b)), includes formulas for determining the interest rates for all Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2013. The interest rate for these loans is a fixed rate that is determined annually for all loans first disbursed during any 12-month period beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30. The rate is equal to the high yield of the 10year Treasury notes auctioned at the final auction held before June 1 of that 12-month period, plus a statutory addon percentage that varies depending on the loan type and, for Direct Unsubsidized Loans, whether the loan was made to an undergraduate or graduate student. The calculated interest rate may not exceed a maximum rate specified in the HEA. If the interest rate formula results in a rate that exceeds the statutory maximum rate, the rate is the statutory maximum rate. Loans first disbursed during different 12-month periods that begin on July 1 and end on June 30 may have different interest rates, but the rate determined for any loan is a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan. On May 12, 2020, the United States Treasury Department held a 10-year Treasury note auction that resulted in a high yield of 0.700 percent. Chart 1 shows the fixed interest rates for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2020, and before July 1, 2021. CHART 1—DIRECT SUBSIDIZED LOANS, DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED LOANS, AND DIRECT PLUS LOANS FIRST DISBURSED ON OR AFTER 07/01/2020 AND BEFORE 07/01/2021 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Loan type Direct Direct Direct Direct Borrower type Subsidized Loans ................... Unsubsidized Loans Unsubsidized Loans 1 ............. PLUS Loans ........................... 1 Graduate VerDate Sep<11>2014 10-year Treasury note high yield 05/12/ 2020 (%) Add-on (%) Fixed interest rate (%) Undergraduate students ................... 0.700 2.05 8.25 2.75 Graduate and professional students Parents of dependent undergraduate students. Graduate and professional students 0.700 0.700 3.60 4.60 9.50 10.50 4.30 5.30 and professional students are not eligible to receive Direct Subsidized Loans. 20:31 Aug 07, 2020 Maximum rate (%) Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1 48230 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 154 / Monday, August 10, 2020 / Notices For reference, Chart 2 compares the fixed interest rates for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed during the period July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, with the fixed interest rates for loans first disbursed during each previous 12-month period from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2019. CHART 2—DIRECT SUBSIDIZED LOANS, DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED LOANS, AND DIRECT PLUS LOANS FIRST DISBURSED ON OR AFTER 07/01/2013 AND BEFORE 07/01/2021 First disbursed On/after 07/01/2020 07/01/2019 07/01/2018 07/01/2017 07/01/2016 07/01/2015 07/01/2014 07/01/2013 Fixed interest rates (%) Direct Subsidized Loans; Direct Unsubsidized Loans (undergraduate students) Before ............... ............... ............... ............... ............... ............... ............... ............... 07/01/2021 07/01/2020 07/01/2019 07/01/2018 07/01/2017 07/01/2016 07/01/2015 07/01/2014 Fixed-Rate Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans First Disbursed on or After July 1, 2006, and Before July 1, 2013 Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Direct Unsubsidized Loans (graduate or professional students) 2.75 4.53 5.05 4.45 3.76 4.29 4.66 3.86 Federal Register Notice Direct PLUS Loans 4.30 6.08 6.60 6.00 5.31 5.84 6.21 5.41 5.30 7.08 7.60 7.00 6.31 6.84 7.21 6.41 N/A. 85 FR 83 FR 82 FR 81 FR 80 FR 79 FR 78 FR 2417 (January 15, 2020). 53864 (October 25, 2018). 29062 (June 27, 2017). 38159 (June 13, 2016). 42488 (July 17, 2015). 37301 (July 1, 2014). 59011 (September 25, 2013). Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006, and before July 1, 2013, have fixed interest rates that are specified in section 455(b) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1087e(b)). Chart 3 shows the interest rates for these loans. CHART 3—DIRECT SUBSIDIZED LOANS, DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED LOANS, AND DIRECT PLUS LOANS FIRST DISBURSED ON OR AFTER 07/01/2006 AND BEFORE 07/01/2013 First disbursed on/after Loan type Borrower type Subsidized .............................. Subsidized .............................. Subsidized .............................. Subsidized .............................. Subsidized .............................. Subsidized .............................. Unsubsidized .......................... PLUS ...................................... Undergraduate students ......................................................... Undergraduate students ......................................................... Undergraduate students ......................................................... Undergraduate students ......................................................... Undergraduate students ......................................................... Graduate or professional students ......................................... Undergraduate and graduate or professional students .......... Graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students. First disbursed before 07/01/2011 07/01/2010 07/01/2009 07/01/2008 07/01/2006 07/01/2006 07/01/2006 07/01/2006 Interest rate (%) 07/01/2013 07/01/2011 07/01/2010 07/01/2009 07/01/2008 2 07/01/2012 07/01/2013 07/01/2013 3.40 4.50 5.60 6.00 6.80 6.80 6.80 7.90 2 Effective for loan periods beginning on or after July 1, 2012, graduate and professional students are no longer eligible to receive Direct Subsidized Loans. Fixed-Rate Direct Consolidation Loans Section 455(b) of the HEA specifies that all Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application was received on or after February 1, 1999, have a fixed interest rate that is equal to the weighted average of the interest rates on the loans consolidated, rounded to the nearest higher one-eighth of one percent. For Direct Consolidation Loans for which the application was received on or after February 1, 1999, and before July 1, 2013, the interest rate may not exceed 8.25 percent. However, under section 455(b) of the HEA the 8.25 percent interest rate cap does not apply to Direct Consolidation Loans made based on applications received on or after July 1, 2013. Chart 4 shows the interest rates for fixed-rate Direct Consolidation Loans. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES CHART 4—DIRECT CONSOLIDATION LOANS MADE BASED ON APPLICATIONS RECEIVED ON OR AFTER 02/01/1999 Application received Interest rate (%) On/after 07/01/2013 ........................ Weighted average of the interest rates on the loans consolidated, rounded to the nearest higher one-eighth of one percent.. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:31 Aug 07, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Maximum interest rate (%) E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM None 10AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 154 / Monday, August 10, 2020 / Notices 48231 CHART 4—DIRECT CONSOLIDATION LOANS MADE BASED ON APPLICATIONS RECEIVED ON OR AFTER 02/01/1999— Continued Application received Interest rate (%) On/after 02/01/1999 and before 07/ 01/2013. (same as above) .................................................................................... Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. You may access the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations at www.govinfo.gov. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site. You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1087, et seq. Mark A. Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid. [FR Doc. 2020–17395 Filed 8–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Variable-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program Federal Student Aid, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.268. 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 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:31 Aug 07, 2020 Jkt 250001 Maximum interest rate (%) 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. 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. 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 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8.25% 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. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


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

AGENCY: Federal Student Aid, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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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 
Loans) made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) 
Program with first disbursement dates on or after July 1, 2020, and 
before July 1, 2021.

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: [email protected].
    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.

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 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. 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 that are determined 
annually and are in effect during the period from July 1 of one year 
through June 30 of the following year.
    This notice announces the fixed interest rates for Direct 
Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans with 
first disbursement dates on or after July 1, 2020, and before July 1, 
2021, and provides interest rate information for other fixed-rate 
Direct Loans. Interest rate information for variable-rate Direct Loans 
is announced in a separate Federal Register notice.

Fixed-Rate Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and 
Direct PLUS Loans First Disbursed on or After July 1, 2013

    Section 455(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended 
(HEA) (20 U.S.C. 1087e(b)), includes formulas for determining the 
interest rates for all Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized 
Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2013. 
The interest rate for these loans is a fixed rate that is determined 
annually for all loans first disbursed during any 12-month period 
beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30. The rate is equal to the 
high yield of the 10-year Treasury notes auctioned at the final auction 
held before June 1 of that 12-month period, plus a statutory add-on 
percentage that varies depending on the loan type and, for Direct 
Unsubsidized Loans, whether the loan was made to an undergraduate or 
graduate student. The calculated interest rate may not exceed a maximum 
rate specified in the HEA. If the interest rate formula results in a 
rate that exceeds the statutory maximum rate, the rate is the statutory 
maximum rate. Loans first disbursed during different 12-month periods 
that begin on July 1 and end on June 30 may have different interest 
rates, but the rate determined for any loan is a fixed interest rate 
for the life of the loan.
    On May 12, 2020, the United States Treasury Department held a 10-
year Treasury note auction that resulted in a high yield of 0.700 
percent.
    Chart 1 shows the fixed interest rates for Direct Subsidized Loans, 
Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed on or 
after July 1, 2020, and before July 1, 2021.

 Chart 1--Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct Plus Loans First Disbursed on or After
                                        07/01/2020 and Before 07/01/2021
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                                                      10-year
                                                   Treasury note                   Maximum rate   Fixed interest
           Loan type              Borrower type   high yield 05/    Add-on (%)          (%)          rate (%)
                                                    12/2020 (%)
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Direct Subsidized Loans.......  Undergraduate              0.700            2.05            8.25            2.75
                                 students.
Direct Unsubsidized Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Loans \1\.  Graduate and               0.700            3.60            9.50            4.30
                                 professional
                                 students.
Direct PLUS Loans.............  Parents of                 0.700            4.60           10.50            5.30
                                 dependent
                                 undergraduate
                                 students.
                                Graduate and
                                 professional
                                 students.
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\1\ Graduate and professional students are not eligible to receive Direct Subsidized Loans.


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    For reference, Chart 2 compares the fixed interest rates for Direct 
Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans 
first disbursed during the period July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, 
with the fixed interest rates for loans first disbursed during each 
previous 12-month period from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2019.

     Chart 2--Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct Plus Loans First Disbursed on or After 07/01/2013 and Before 07/01/2021
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                            First disbursed                                        Fixed interest rates (%)
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                                                                            Direct
                                                                          Subsidized        Direct
                                                                         Loans; Direct   Unsubsidized                        Federal Register Notice
                   On/after                             Before           Unsubsidized        Loans        Direct PLUS
                                                                             Loans       (graduate or        Loans
                                                                        (undergraduate   professional
                                                                           students)       students)
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07/01/2020...................................               07/01/2021            2.75            4.30            5.30  N/A.
07/01/2019...................................               07/01/2020            4.53            6.08            7.08  85 FR 2417 (January 15, 2020).
07/01/2018...................................               07/01/2019            5.05            6.60            7.60  83 FR 53864 (October 25, 2018).
07/01/2017...................................               07/01/2018            4.45            6.00            7.00  82 FR 29062 (June 27, 2017).
07/01/2016...................................               07/01/2017            3.76            5.31            6.31  81 FR 38159 (June 13, 2016).
07/01/2015...................................               07/01/2016            4.29            5.84            6.84  80 FR 42488 (July 17, 2015).
07/01/2014...................................               07/01/2015            4.66            6.21            7.21  79 FR 37301 (July 1, 2014).
07/01/2013...................................               07/01/2014            3.86            5.41            6.41  78 FR 59011 (September 25,
                                                                                                                         2013).
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Fixed-Rate Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and 
Direct PLUS Loans First Disbursed on or After July 1, 2006, and Before 
July 1, 2013

    Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS 
Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006, and before July 1, 
2013, have fixed interest rates that are specified in section 455(b) of 
the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1087e(b)). Chart 3 shows the interest rates for 
these loans.

 Chart 3--Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct Plus Loans First Disbursed on or After
                                        07/01/2006 and Before 07/01/2013
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                                                                       First           First
               Loan type                      Borrower type        disbursed on/     disbursed     Interest rate
                                                                       after          before            (%)
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Subsidized............................  Undergraduate students..      07/01/2011      07/01/2013            3.40
Subsidized............................  Undergraduate students..      07/01/2010      07/01/2011            4.50
Subsidized............................  Undergraduate students..      07/01/2009      07/01/2010            5.60
Subsidized............................  Undergraduate students..      07/01/2008      07/01/2009            6.00
Subsidized............................  Undergraduate students..      07/01/2006      07/01/2008            6.80
Subsidized............................  Graduate or professional      07/01/2006  \2\ 07/01/2012            6.80
                                         students.
Unsubsidized..........................  Undergraduate and             07/01/2006      07/01/2013            6.80
                                         graduate or
                                         professional students.
PLUS..................................  Graduate or professional      07/01/2006      07/01/2013            7.90
                                         students and parents of
                                         dependent undergraduate
                                         students.
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\2\ Effective for loan periods beginning on or after July 1, 2012, graduate and professional students are no
  longer eligible to receive Direct Subsidized Loans.

Fixed-Rate Direct Consolidation Loans

    Section 455(b) of the HEA specifies that all Direct Consolidation 
Loans for which the application was received on or after February 1, 
1999, have a fixed interest rate that is equal to the weighted average 
of the interest rates on the loans consolidated, rounded to the nearest 
higher one-eighth of one percent. For Direct Consolidation Loans for 
which the application was received on or after February 1, 1999, and 
before July 1, 2013, the interest rate may not exceed 8.25 percent. 
However, under section 455(b) of the HEA the 8.25 percent interest rate 
cap does not apply to Direct Consolidation Loans made based on 
applications received on or after July 1, 2013. Chart 4 shows the 
interest rates for fixed-rate Direct Consolidation Loans.

 Chart 4--Direct Consolidation Loans Made Based on Applications Received
                         on or After 02/01/1999
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                                                        Maximum interest
     Application received          Interest rate (%)        rate (%)
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On/after 07/01/2013...........  Weighted average of     None
                                 the interest rates on
                                 the loans
                                 consolidated, rounded
                                 to the nearest higher
                                 one-eighth of one
                                 percent..

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On/after 02/01/1999 and before  (same as above).......  8.25%
 07/01/2013.
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document is the document published in the Federal Register. You may 
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document, as well as all other documents of this Department published 
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    Program Authority:  20 U.S.C. 1087, et seq.

Mark A. Brown,
Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.
[FR Doc. 2020-17395 Filed 8-7-20; 8:45 am]
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