A student loan battle that could affect thousands of UNC students looms on Capitol Hill as federal lawmakers debate measures to rein in spending.
On July 1, the interest rate on subsidized student loans could again rise from 3.4 to 6.8 percent, barring legislative action to stop it. This would set the interest rate for subsidized, need-based loans at the same rate as unsubsidized loans.
President Barack Obama campaigned at campuses nationwide last year, including at UNC in April, to maintain the lower 3.4 percent rate. Congress voted to extend the lower rate before July 1 of last year.
STUDENT LOAN RATES
interest rate for subsidized loans
possible interest rate on July 1
of UNC students using student loans
Amount saved over four years
Kristin Anthony, assistant director for financial aid and federal and private loans at the University, said 28 percent of University undergraduates and 62 percent of graduate students use some type of student loans.
Subsidized loans are granted to students on a need-based formula determined by the federal government after they fill out a FAFSA form, Anthony said.