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During the Quarter Ending: September-30-2010

Quarter: September 30, 2010

Posted Date:October 5, 2010

Subject: Federal Family Education Loan Program Special Allowance Rates for the Quarter Ending September 30, 2010

Commercial Paper Rate

In calculating quarterly Special Allowance rates, the Department is required, under section 438(b)(2)(I)(i)(I) of the Higher Education Act (HEA), to determine "the average of the bond equivalent rates of the quotes of the 3-month commercial paper (financial) rates in effect for each of the days in such quarter as reported by the Federal Reserve in Publication H-15 (or its successor) for such 3-month period." For the quarter ending September 30, 2010 the average rate used to compute special allowance will be 0.30 percent.

Calculations Under the Master Participation Agreement(s) for ECASLA

Pursuant to the Master Participation Agreement(s) under the Department's loan participation purchase program, the 0.30 percent rate is also used to determine the Participant Yield (i.e., yield owed the Department). The calculated Participation Yield rate will be formally communicated to program participants via an Electronic Announcement on the Department's Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans website (

Treasury Bill Rate

For loans made prior to January 1, 2000, pursuant to section 438, the Special Allowance rate is calculated by using the average of the bond equivalent rates of the ninety-one day Treasury bills as published by the Department of the Treasury. For the quarter ending September 30, 2010, the average of the rates is 0.15 percent.


Attachments A, B & C contain the quarterly special allowance rates computed pursuant to section 438. Attachment D contains the bond equivalent rates of the 91-day Treasury Bills auctioned during the quarter.

Accounting Division
Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Last Modified: 10/04/2010