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The U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid office has announced that student loan interest rates for 2015-16 will decrease 0.37 percentage points from the 2014-15 rates.

The rates will apply to federal student loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2015 and before July 1, 2016. Direct Subsidized Loans for undergraduates will be 4.29%, Direct Unsubsidized Loans for undergraduates will be 4.29%, Direct Unsubsidized Loans for graduate or professional students will be 5.84%, Direct PLUS Loans will be 6.84%.

Congress passed the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2014 to tie federal student loan interest rates to the financial markets. FSA stated on their website that interest rates are determined each spring for new loans for the upcoming year. Each loan has a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan.

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