Interest rates on Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans are currently the same for the subsidized and unsubsidized versions.
The interest rate on a federal consolidation loan is based on the interest rates of the federal education loans that are consolidated.
There is no cap on the interest rates on new federal consolidation loans made on or after July 1, 2013.
When federal student loans had variable rates, federal consolidation loans could be used to lock in the current rate on the loans.
This can be attractive to borrowers because the consolidation frequently results in longer repayment periods and lower monthly payments.
When it comes to consolidation, the types of loans you have matters, but most federal loans, including Stafford, Perkins, Direct Plus and Supplemental loans, can be consolidated with other federal student loans."The interest rate on (federal) consolidation loans is an average of the interest rates on the (federal) loans you're consolidating," says Ken O'Connor, director of student advocacy for Fynanz, a New York City firm providing technology for the private student loan market.
Your interest rate is the price you pay for borrowing money.
The federal government issues these loans, but they’re serviced by private companies, including Fed Loan Servicing, Great Lakes, Navient and Nelnet.The interest rate may be expressed as an annual percentage rate, even if the interest is charged more frequently.In addition to interest, borrowers may be charged a loan fee upon disbursement of the loan.Congress sets federal student loan interest rates each year based on the financial market, with the exception of federal Perkins loans, which always have a 5% interest rate.Rates vary depending on the loan type, but not based on your credit score or ability to repay the loan.Instead of making multiple payments to multiple lenders, the borrower only has to pay off the new consolidation loan, says Michelle Pezzulli, vice president of operations for Credit Union Student Choice, a student lending service provider in Washington, D.