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Notice: Correction to Direct Loan and FFEL Interest Rates for Oct. 1, 1998 through June 30, 1999.

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Summary: Notice: Correction to Direct Loan and FFEL Interest Rates for Oct. 1, 1998 through June 30, 1999.
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[Federal Register: July 22, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 140)]
[Notices]
[Page 39495-39497]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Student Financial Assistance; William D. Ford Federal
Direct Loan Program and Federal Family Education Loan Program

AGENCY: Department of Education.


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ACTION: Notice of interest rates for the period October 1, 1998,
through June 30, 1999, for new loans made under the William D. Ford
Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program and the Federal Family
Education Loan (FFEL) Program; Correction.

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SUMMARY: The Chief Operating Officer for the Office of Student
Financial Assistance Programs announces the interest rates for the
period October 1, 1998, through June 30, 1999, for loans first
disbursed on or after October 1, 1998, under the William D. Ford
Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program and the Federal Family
Education Loan (FFEL) Program. This notice corrects the notice
published in the Federal Register on April 30, 1999 (64 FR 23287).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For the Federal Family Education Loan
Program: Brian Smith, Program Specialist. For the William D. Ford
Federal Direct Loan Program: Barbara F. Grayson, Program Specialist.
Mailing address: Policy Development Division, Office of Student
Financial Assistance, U.S. Department of Education, Room 3045, ROB-3,
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-5345. Telephone: (202)
708-8242. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf
(TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-
877-8339.
Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the contact person.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

General

The formulas for determining the interest rates for Direct Loan and
FFEL Program loans are provided in sections 455(b), 427A, and 428C of
the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). These provisions
are amended by sections 452 and 416 of the Higher Education Amendments
of 1998 (Pub. L.105-244), which were enacted on October 7, 1998. The
1998 Amendments extend to July 1, 2003, the interest rate formulas for
student and parent loans that have been in effect since July 1, 1998.
The interest rate calculations for all student and parent loans in
the Direct Loan and FFEL programs for which the first disbursement is
made on or after October 1, 1998, are based on the bond equivalent rate
of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held before
June 1.
The Amendments change the formulas for setting interest rates on
Consolidation loans under both the Direct Loan and the FFEL programs.
However, the bill sets different effective dates for each program. The
interest rate for new Consolidation loans is calculated by taking the
weighted average of the loans being consolidated, and rounding up to
the nearest higher of 1 percent. Except as noted below under
Federal Family Education Loan Program, it is a fixed rate and may not
exceed 8.25 percent. This interest rate formula applies to FFEL
Consolidation loans for which the application is received by an
eligible lender on or after October 1, 1998, and before July 1, 2003.
The same formula applies to Direct Loan Consolidation loans for which
the application is received on or after February 1, 1999, and before
July 1, 2003. The 1998 Amendments establish temporary rules for
calculating the interest rate for Direct Loan Consolidation loans (both
student and parent) for which the application is received on or after
October 1, 1998, and before February 1, 1999. For these loans, the
interest rate is determined annually and equals the bond equivalent
rate of 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the final auction held
before June 1st plus 2.3 percent. The interest rate is capped at 8.25
percent.
The bond equivalent rate of 91-day Treasury bills auctioned on May
26, 1998, is 5.155 percent, which rounds to 5.16 percent.

William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

1. Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized loans, first disbursed
on or after October 1, 1998:
(a) During the in-school, grace, and deferment periods:
The interest rate for the period October 1, 1998, through June 30,
1999, is 6.86 percent (5.16 percent plus 1.7 percent equals 6.86
percent).
(b) During all other periods:
The interest rate for the period October 1, 1998, through June 30,
1999, is 7.46 percent (5.16 percent plus 2.3 percent equals 7.46
percent).
2. Direct PLUS loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 1998:
The interest rate for the period October 1, 1998, through June 30,
1999, is 8.26 percent (5.16 percent plus 3.1 percent equals 8.26
percent).
3. Direct Consolidation loans for which the application is received
on or after October 1, 1998, and before February 1, 1999:
The interest rate for the period October 1, 1998, through June 30,
1999, is 7.46 percent (5.16 percent plus 2.3 percent equals 7.46
percent).
4. Direct Consolidation loans for which the application is received
on or after February 1, 1999:
The interest rate is the weighted average of the interest rates on
the loans being consolidated, rounded to the nearest higher of
1 percent, but may not exceed 8.25 percent. The rate does not vary
annually; it is established for the life of the loan.

Federal Family Education Loan Program

1. FFEL Stafford loans, first disbursed on or after October 1,
1998:
(a) During the in-school, grace, and deferment periods:
The interest rate for the period October 1, 1998, through June 30,
1999, is 6.86 percent (5.16 percent plus 1.7 percent equals 6.86
percent).
(b) During all other periods:
The interest rate for the period October 1, 1998, through June 30,
1999, is 7.46 percent (5.16 percent plus 2.3 percent equals 7.46
percent).
2. FFEL PLUS loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 1998:
The interest rate for the period October 1, 1998, through June 30,
1999, is 8.26 percent (5.16 percent plus 3.1 percent equals 8.26
percent).
3. FFEL Consolidation loans for which the consolidation loan
application was received by the lender on or after October 1, 1998:
The interest rate is the weighted average of the interest rates on
the loans being consolidated, rounded to the nearest higher of
one percent, but may not exceed 8.25 percent. This rate does not vary
annually. It is established for the life of the loan, unless a portion
of the Consolidation loan is attributable to a loan made under subpart
I of part A of title VII of the Public Health Service Act. The interest
rate on that portion of a Consolidation loan is determined annually,
and equals the average of the bond equivalent rates of the 91-day
Treasury bills auctioned for the quarter prior to July 1st plus 3
percent. For the period October 1, 1998, through June 30, 1998, the
interest rate for that portion of a Consolidation loan is 8.13 percent
(5.13 percent plus 3.0 percent equals 8.13 percent)

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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1077a, 20 U.S.C. 1087e, and Pub. L.
105-244.

Dated: July 16, 1999.
Candace M. Kane,
Acting Chief Operating Officer, Office of Student Financial Assistance.
[FR Doc. 99-18726 Filed 7-21-99; 8:45 am]
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