This bill would change the interest rates for students borrowing through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan program, and allow borrowers to refinance their loans. Borrowers would be able to refinance their student loans at any time, which can potentially have the effect of lowering their interest rates and reducing their monthly payments.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on Education and LaborIntroducedMarch 17th, 2017
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What is House Bill H.R. 1614?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 1614
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced this bill to allow borrowers to refinance their federal student loans any time a lower interest rate is available:
“With college debt skyrocketing, Congress should be doing everything it can to help reduce the crushing burden of student debt. The Student Loan Refinancing Act will allow nearly 44 million Americans to refinance their student loans, just like a mortgage or car loan. This bill would bring down the long-term cost of a college degree.”
This legislation has the support of 50 cosponsors in the House, including 48 Democrats and two Republicans.
Of Note: Student loan debt is the largest form of personal debt in the U.S. surpassing $1.3 trillion among 38 million borrowers — with the average undergraduate facing $30,100 in debt. It has been linked with the sluggish housing recovery as borrowers can’t afford to make an investment in a home, in addition to declining sales of new cars.
Allowing students to refinance their student loans could come at a cost to the federal government -- as borrowers with good credit would be able to refinance with private lenders, leaving the government's portfolio with a larger proportion of borrowers who are unlikely to repay their loans. Through lost interest payments, this could cost the federal government billions of dollars.
- Sponsoring Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) Press Release
- The Badger Herald
- The Daily Cardinal
- Congressional Budget Office (Context)
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