Report: Students To Pay Thousands More For College Starting Saturday

WASHINGTON — Students across the nation will have to pay thousands more in college loans beginning Saturday, according to a series of reports released today by the research arm of the Campaign for America’s Future. College students and graduates will be pushed deeper into debt as interest rates on Stafford loans — the basic student loan — rise from 5.3 percent to 7.14 percent on old loans and to 6.8 percent on new loans at the end of this week.

Parents that take out PLUS loans to help their children pay for an undergraduate education also face rising interest rates. This Saturday, rates on PLUS loans will increase from 6.1 percent to nearly 8 percent for existing loans and to 8.5 percent on new loans, costing the average parent nationally an extra $3,000 and $3,953 respectively.

Campaign for America’s Future co-director Robert Borosage explained how Congress has carried out a raid on student aid through acts of commission and omission.

“The failure of the current administration and Congress to make college affordable for all qualified students is a disservice to the country,” said Borosage. “The Republican leadership has allowed interest rates on student loans to rise, increased the interest rate on loans that parents take out to help pay for their children’s education and refused to allow a vote on a bill that would cut interest rates in half on new loans.”

The rising interest rates could not have come at a worse time for American families attempting to pay for college. Tuition at the average four-year public university has increased by 40 percent since 2001, and nearly two-thirds of all four-year college graduates now have student loans. Students and their parents are going further and further into debt, creating a burden that is often unsustainable. Student loan debt already causes 14 percent of young graduates to delay marriage; 30 percent to hold off on buying a car; 21 percent to postpone having children; and 38 percent to delay buying a home.

Students and families need relief from rising interest rates on student loans. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., responded to the public’s concern earlier this year by introducing legislation that cuts college loan interest rates in half.

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**NOTE: Copies of the student loan state reports are available at http://ourfuture.org/issues_and_campaigns/education/loan_rates_rise.cfm .**

INCREASES IN STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTSBY STATE:

(State, Increase on new Stafford Loans to average borrower, Increase on existing Stafford Loans to average borrower, Amount average borrower would save under Durbin-Miller Bill)

 –Alabama, $2,099, $2,525, $4,594–Alaska, $2,131, $2,564, $4,666–Arizona, $2,355, $2,834, $5,157–Arkansas, $1,981, $2,683, $4,334–California, $2,411, $2,902, $5,282–Colorado, $2,273, $2,735, $4,976–Connecticut, $2,496, $3,004, $5,467–Delaware, $2,524, $3,036, $5,525–Florida, $1,985, $2,385, $4,341–Georgia, $2,258, $2,717, $4,945–Hawaii, $2,327, $2,801, $5,097–Idaho, $1,980, $2,382, $4,333–Illinois, $2,351, $2,828, $5,146–Indiana, $2,101, $2,527, $4,599–Iowa, $1,925, $2,317, $4,215–Kansas, $2,084, $2,508, $4,560–Kentucky, $1,963, $2,361, $4,295–Louisiana, $2,094, $2,520, $4,585–Maine, $5,145, $2,580, $4,696–Maryland, $2,477, $2,981, $5,426–Massachusetts, $2,650, $3,191, $5,807–Michigan, $1,926, $2,318, $4,218–Minnesota, $1,985, $2,385, $4,341–Mississippi, $1,916, $2,305, $4,192–Missouri, $2,106, $2,535, $4,613–Montana, $2,053, $2,472, $4,497–Nebraska, $2,012, $2,423, $4,408–Nevada, $2,269, $2,730, $4,969–New Hampshire, $2,523, $3,035, $5,524–New Jersey, $2,222, $2,674, $4,865–New Mexico, $1,945, $2,340, $4,256–New York, $2,400, $2,854, $5,191–North Carolina, $2,247, $2,705, $4,923–North Dakota, $1,816, $2,185, $3,976–Ohio, $2,198, $2,645, $4,811–Oklahoma, $1,990, $2,394, $4,354–Oregon, $2,141, $2,575, $4,685–Pennsylvania, $2,330, $2,803, $5,101–Rhode Island, $2,599, $3,127, $5,688–South Carolina, $2,144, $2,580, $4,693–South Dakota, $1,918, $2,307, $4,198–Tennessee, $2,097, $2,522, $4,588–Texas, $2,130, $2,561, $4,660–Utah, $1,962, $2,362, $4,299–Vermont, $2,711, $3,263, $5,936–Virginia, $2,290, $2,756, $5,013–Washington, $2,354, $2,832, $5,152–West Virginia, $1,981, $2,383, $4,334–Wisconsin, $1,999, $2,406, $4,280–Wyoming, $1,886, $2,268, $4,123