The current interest rates (first disbursed on or after July 1, 2021, and before July 1, 2022) for Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized Loans are 3.73% (Undergraduate Student) and 5.28% (Graduate or Professional Student). The interest rates are fixed for the life of the loan.
Just so, are Stafford loan interest rates fixed?
The fixed interest rate for undergraduate Stafford loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2019 and before July 1, 2020 is 4.53%. The rate for graduate students is 6.08%. Most older loans from before July 2006 have variable interest rates. After 2007, the interest rates are fixed, but change almost every year.
Likewise, people ask, can I pay off my unsubsidized loan while in school?
While you don’t have to make payments on your loans while you’re in school, you have the option to pay down your student loans including paying down interest on any unsubsidized loans, which will save you money in the long run.
Do unsubsidized Stafford loans accrue interest?
Unlike a subsidized loan, you are responsible for the interest from the time the unsubsidized loan is disbursed until it’s paid in full. You can choose to pay the interest or allow it to accrue (accumulate) and be capitalized (that is, added to the principal amount of your loan).
Your lender must tell you about your rates. If you already have a loan, log in to your student loan account on your lender’s website or call your loan servicer to find out your interest rate information.
Even though student loan rates are expressed as an annual rate, the interest is usually compounded daily. On a $10,000 loan, you might think that a 4.45% interest rate would mean $445 paid in interest during the year, but that’s not the case. Instead, your annual rate is divided by 365, to get your daily interest rate.
Unsubsidized loans generally allow higher loan limits than on subsidized loans, letting students borrow more money. An independent undergraduate student will qualify for a higher loan limit than a dependent undergraduate student on an unsubsidized federal student loan.
Program Description. Direct Stafford Loans, from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, are low-interest loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education at a four-year college or university, community college, or trade, career, or technical school.
A Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is awarded as a non-need-based loan after all other need- based loans, grants, scholarships and other resources are subtracted or up to the annual maximum loan limit, whichever is lower. … The federal government does not pay the interest on the loan.
Interest on a subsidized Stafford loan is paid by the government while students are in school or while loans are in deferment. Interest on an unsubsidized Stafford loan is paid by the student and any unpaid interest is added to the loan balance.
The interest rate on Federal Direct Stafford loans for undergraduate students for 2021-22 will be 3.734%, up from the 2.75% rate for 2020-21, which was a record low. The interest rate on Federal Direct Stafford loans for graduate students for 2021-22 will be 5.284%, up from 4.3% in 2020-21.
Which to Borrow: Subsidized vs. Unsubsidized Student Loans
|How interest works while you’re enrolled in college||Education Department pays interest||Interest accrues|
|Who can borrow||Undergraduate students only||Undergraduate and graduate or professional degree students|
As the chart above demonstrates, grad students and students who are independent from their parents (at least 24 years old, married, or active duty military, for example) can take out more unsubsidized direct loans — up to $57,500 — than undergrads who are dependent on their parents, who currently max out at $31,000.