Students and families in the U.S. are struggling to afford the skyrocketing costs of a college education, and are now forced to take out record amounts of student loans.

Unless Congress acts soon, subsidized Stafford student loan interest rates will double from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1st, adding thousands in interest costs over the life of a loan.


Rising Costs Lead Students and Families to Turn to Loans to Pay for College.

  • Americans now owe over $1 trillion in student loan debt, surpassing credit card debt for the first time
  • The cost of tuition has increased over 500% since 1985, forcing more students and families to turn to student loans
  • Student loan borrowers hold an average of $25,500 in student loan debt
  • Two-thirds of all college students graduate with student loan debt


Doubling the Rate on Subsidized Stafford Loans Hurts Students Across the Country.

  • 30% of all undergraduates took out subsidized Stafford loans in 2010-2011
  • 7.4 million students will rely on subsidized Stafford Loans this year to help pay for college
  • If the rate on subsidized Stafford loans doubles from 3.4% to 6.8%, students will pay an extra $1,000 on average per loan due to increased interest charges
  • If a student takes out the allowed maximum of $23,000 in subsidized Stafford loans over four years of college, the rate increase will add almost $5,000 interest over the life of the loans combined


In this economy, the last thing Congress should do is make a college education more expensive. Time is running out; help us urge members of Congress to work together and pass legislation to keep interest rates where they are. For more information, visit DefendYourDollars.org.