Student Loan Interest Rates Set To Double

WASHINGTON (March 28, 2013)--Incoming college freshmen could end up paying $5,000 more for the same loans their older siblings have, if Congress doesn't keep interest rates from doubling.

Now that the presidential election is over, and mandatory budget cuts are taking place, which means a deal to stop interest rates from doubling on new loans before a July 1 deadline is elusive.

Rates would rise from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, a $6 billion tab for taxpayers.

Leaders in both parties say they want to dodge the increase, but neither party's budget proposal in Congress has money specifically set aside to keep student loans at their current rate.


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