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Paying for College: Upcoming Interest Rates

Tuition Bills are coming soon!

Many households are beginning to think about paying that first college tuition bill. They are beginning to see what resources are going to be available to make the payment. Many will be considering using federal student loans to fund at least part of their college expenses.

Interest Rates on Upcoming Federal Student Loans

Here are the interest rates for federal student loans, taken after July 1st, 2017.

The interest rate for Perkins loan is fixed and is at 5%.
Direct Subsidized Loan for Undergraduates is at 4.45%.
Direct Unsubsidized Loan for Undergraduates is at 4.45%.
Direct Unsubsidized Loan for Graduates is at 6%.
Direct PLUS Loans are at 7%.

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Federal Student Loans: Opportunity and Burden

Federal student loans are one resource for funding upcoming college expenses. They are a means to making a college education affordable. This education hopefully is part of a pathway towards career success and happiness.
Federal student loans also need to be paid back.

Learn about “Affording College”

Unfortunately, many students and parents do not realize how difficult this can be if your student is employed with a relative low income after college.

Loans Require a Discussion

We are not here to discourage or advocate for student loan funding of your student’s college education. There are pros and cons that need to be taken into consideration before one signs off on the loans. Above all, a grounded and fact-based discussion with your student needs to be had before making the commitment to a student loan. And perhaps there are better alternatives to this particular financial resource.

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