What are the interest rates on my student loans?
Most federal student loans have fixed interest rates. A number of factors determine the interest rates on private student loans.
Interest Rates on Federal Loans
Federal student loans borrowed on or after July 1, 2006, have fixed interest rates. That means the interest rate does not change over the life of the loan. Interest rates for federal student loans depend on the type of loan and year the loan is disbursed. Federal student loan rates are set on an annual basis by federal law.
To view current interest rates for federal student loans as well as previous years’ interest rates visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website .
Interest Rates on Private Loans
Private student loans do not have the same interest rates as federal student loans. A private student loan lender determines your interest rate based on factors such as your credit history, the school you are attending, and your course of study.
Private student loans may have a variable interest rate that changes over time, so your payments may not be the same from month to month. A fixed interest rate loan will not change over the life of the loan, so your interest rate and payment will not change.
Your lender must tell you about your rates. If you already have a loan, log in to your student loan account on your lender’s website or call your loan servicer to find out your interest rate information.