Student Loan Interest is on the Rise
In the article she does an excellent job explaining how the interest rate on student loans in calculated and why it is expected to rise this summer by as much as 1.5 to 2%. Here's an excerpt:
"Interest rates for Stafford and PLUS loans are reset each July 1, based on the 91-day T-Bill rate determined at its last auction in May. Last year, the T-bill hit a rock-bottom 1.07%. Stafford loans for students in repayment were at 3.37%. After a series of Federal Reserve interest rate hikes since then, however, the T-bill is expected to approach 3% in May. At its latest auction in March, it traded at 2.84%. The Stafford loan rate, were it to be set today, would be 5.14%."
The bottom line to this: if you have student loans that you want to consolidate, you better do it now.