Senate Strikes Deal In Student Loans
Under the agreement, interest rates for Stafford loans would remain at 3.4 percent through next June 30. If Congress fails to approve the agreement, interest rates would double to 6.8 percent for all new loans beginning July 1. The government reports nearly 7.4 million students will access Stafford loans in the next year.
Republicans and Democrats have both supported the low rates, shifting talks over to the $6 billion cost to achieve this. House leaders refused comment on the agreement, but $5 billion is expected to come from Democratic pension proposals. The remaining $1 billion would come from a Republican-backed plan to limit federal subsidies for undergraduate Stafford loans up to six years.
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