The Battle Over Student Loan Rates

The Battle Over Student Loan Rates

The White House is at odds with Congress over setting student loan rates. What each plan could mean for students, families and the cost of a college education.

Interest rates on government-subsidized student loans are set to double on July 1st unless Congress steps in. President Obama urged lawmakers to freeze rates at their current 3.4 percent. The president says this would help low- and moderate-income students save thousands of dollars in interest. The House passed a bill that ties rates to Treasury notes. Critics argue that the House bill does not differ significantly from the president's long-term proposal. Republicans accused the White House of using its push on student loan rates to deflect attention from current political controversies. A discussion of the proposals and what each would mean for students, families and the cost of a college education.


Jason Delisle

director of the Federal Education Budget Project at the New America Foundation; former senior analyst on the Republican staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, where he played a key role in developing education legislation.

David Nakamura

White House correspondent, The Washington Post.

Libby Nelson

reporter, Inside Higher Ed.

Aaron Smith

co-founder and executive director of Young Invincibles, a national youth organization working to expand economic opportunities for young adults.

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