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Subject: Annual Notice of Interest Rates of Federal Student Loans Made
Under the Federal Family Education Loan Program

Publication Date: Janaury 25, 2013

Posted Date: January 25, 2013

Subject: Annual Notice of Interest Rates of Federal Student Loans Made Under the Federal Family Education Loan Program

FR Type: Notice


[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 17 (Friday, January 25, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5433-5435]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01423
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Annual Notice of Interest Rates of Federal Student Loans Made 
Under the Federal Family Education Loan Program

AGENCY: Federal Student Aid, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.032.

SUMMARY: In accordance with section 427A of the Higher Education Act of 
1965, as amended, the Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid 
announces the interest rates for the period July 1, 2012, through June 
30, 2013, for certain loans made under the Federal Family Education 
Loan (FFEL) Program. The Chief Operating Officer takes this action to 
give notice of FFEL Program loan interest rates to the public.

DATES: This notice is effective January 25, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ian Foss, U.S. Department of 
Education, 830 First Street NE., room 114I1, Washington, DC 20202. 
Telephone: (202) 377-3681 or by email: ian.foss@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-
800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an 
accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact 
disc) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 427A of the Higher Education Act of 
1965, as amended (HEA) (20 U.S.C. Section 1077a), provides formulas for 
determining the interest rates charged to borrowers on loans made under 
the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, including Federal 
Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, and 
Federal Consolidation Loans.
    The FFEL Program includes loans with variable interest rates and 
loans with fixed interest rates. Most loans made under the FFEL Program 
before July 1, 2006, have variable interest rates that change each 
year. In most cases, the variable interest rate formula that applies to 
a particular loan usually depends on the date of the first disbursement 
of the loan. The variable rates are determined annually and are 
effective for each 12-month period beginning July 1 of one year and 
ending June 30 of the following year.
    Under section 427A(k) of the HEA, FFEL Program loans first 
disbursed on or after July 1, 2006, have a fixed interest rate.
    In the case of some Federal Consolidation Loans, the interest rate 
is determined by the date on which the Federal Consolidation Loan 
application was received. Federal Consolidation Loans for which the 
application was received on or after October 1, 1998, have a fixed 
interest rate. This fixed rate is based on the weighted average of the 
loans that are consolidated, rounded up to the nearest higher \1/8\ of 
one percent up to a maximum rate of 8.25 percent.
    FFEL variable interest rates are based on formulas that use the 
bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned at the 
final auction held before June 1 of each year plus a statutorily 
established add-on. These formulas apply to all Federal Subsidized and 
Unsubsidized Stafford Loans first disbursed before October 1, 1992, 
that have been converted to variable rate loans; all Federal Subsidized 
and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 
1992, and before July 1, 2006; Federal PLUS Loans first disbursed on or 
after July 1, 1998, and before July 1, 2006; and Federal Consolidation 
Loans for which the Federal Consolidation Loan application was received 
on or after November 13, 1997, and before October 1, 1998. In each 
case, the calculated rate is capped by a maximum interest rate. The 
bond equivalent rate of the 91-day Treasury bills auctioned on May 29, 
2012, which is used to calculate the interest rates on these loans, is 
0.086 percent, which is rounded to 0.09 percent.
    For Federal PLUS loans first disbursed before July 1, 1998, the 
interest rate is based on the weekly average of the one-year constant 
maturity Treasury yield, as published by the Board of Governors of the 
Federal Reserve System on the last day of the calendar week ending on 
or before June 26 of each year, plus a statutory add-on percentage. The 
calculated rate is capped by a maximum interest rate. The weekly 
average of the one-year constant maturity Treasury yield published on 
June 22, 2012, which is used to calculate the interest rate on these 
loans, is 0.19 percent.
    This notice includes five charts containing specific information on 
the calculation of interest rates for loans made under the FFEL 
Program:
    Chart 1 contains information on the interest rates for Federal 
Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans that were made as fixed-rate 
loans, but were subsequently converted to variable-rate loans.

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    Chart 2 contains information on the interest rates for variable-
rate Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans.
    Chart 3 contains information on the interest rates for variable-
rate Federal PLUS Loans.
    Chart 4 contains information on the interest rates for fixed-rate 
Federal Consolidation Loans.
    Chart 5 contains information on the interest rates for fixed-rate 
Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS Loans.

NOTE: CHART OMITTED – SEE PDF FILE

    Note:  No new loans have been made under the FFEL Program since 
June 30, 2010.

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document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free 
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    Program Authority:  20 U.S.C. 1071 et seq.

    Dated: January 18, 2013.
James W. Runcie,
Chief Operating Officer Federal Student Aid.
[FR Doc. 2013-01423 Filed 1-24-13; 8:45 am]
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