To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate
Don't Raise the Interest Rates on Student Loans!
Do not allow the caps on interest rates for Federal student loans to be subject to the whims of the market. Keep the interest rates on Federal student loans at their current levels,
Why is this important?
Right now, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans have a fixed rate of 6.8% and Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans have a fixed interest rate of 3.4% - much higher than the rate at which the big banks and the government can borrow money. Despite this fact, President Obama's new budget proposal suggests eliminating those caps in favor of tying interest rates on student loans to the whims of the market, plus a few more percentage points for good measure. This might sound like a good idea now, while interest rates are at historic lows, but there's only one way for interest rates to go: UP. Without a cap on Federal Stafford Loans, future borrowers will see the cost of college rise by thousands of dollars simply due to the interest on student loans, never mind the continually skyrocketing costs of tuition. This gimmick is unfair to students and does nothing to address the $1 Trillion worth of outstanding student debt that is already burying 37 Million Americans. Shouldn't we be encouraging higher education by keeping interest rates low? President Obama and Congress stood firm on this point last year, and they should again this year. With the July 1 deadline threatening to jack up costs by $1,000 per loan per borrower, we don’t have time to wait for a long term plan that may or may not kick in by then. We demand that interest rates on Federal Stafford Loans remain capped at 3.4% - a rate that is already much higher than for any other type of commercial transaction in America.