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Federal Loan Interest Rates

Federal Direct Loans 

Per legislation signed into law by President Obama in August 2013, interest rates for Federal Direct loans will now be calculated on a year-by-year basis using the following formula: The current 10-Year Treasury Note index rate will be used, in combination with an add-on amount determined by Congress. Each loan will have a rate cap should the Treasury Note index increase in subsequent years.

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Federal Perkins Loans

The government has set the interest rate for the Perkins Loan at 5%. Interest does not accrue on this loan until you begin repayment or during authorized periods of deferment.