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State-Level Analysis of Student Loan Interest Rate Increase

How Individual States Will Be Affected by Rate Changes

SOURCE: AP/ L.G. Patterson

A student at the University of Missouri.

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The Center for American Progress, Campus Progress, and the USAction Education Fund released new reports today that detail what an increase in the interest rate on Stafford student loans would mean for several states.

If Congress doesn’t act, the interest rate on these loans will double—from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent—on July 1.

These reports paint a vivid picture of the impact an interest rate hike would have on young people, who are already dealing with a high unemployment rate, large amounts of student debt, and changes to education funding and college costs. Also included are testimonials from students and family members who depend on federal education loans.

Nationwide, 7.4 million student borrowers would be affected by the rate doubling.

Find out how your state is impacted:

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