

1. Current Consolidation Interest Rate. The interest rate for a Direct Consolidation Loan is the weighted average of the interest rates on the loans being consolidated (as of the date we receive the application), rounded to the nearest higher oneeighth of one percent. This rate is fixed for the life of the loan and cannot exceed 8.25 percent. Use our online calculator, or call us at 18005577392, to estimate your weighted average interest rate and to see what your loan payments might be under each of our four repayment plans. Six steps to calculate the Weighted Average Interest Rate Step 1: Multiply each loan by its interest rate to obtain the "per loan weight factor." Step 2: Add the per loan weight factors together. Step 3: Add the loan amounts together. Step 4: Divide the "total per loan weight factor" by the total loan amount and then multiply by 100. Step 5: *Round the result of Step 4 to the nearest higher oneeighth of one percent if it is not already on an eighth of a percent. Step 6: Compare the result of Step 5 with the interest rate cap of 8.25 percent. The fixed interest rate on the Direct Consolidation Loan will be the lower of the two. 2. Direct Loan and FFEL Interest Rates from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.
3. Information for borrowers who consolidated during the Repayment Incentive Program (10/1/00  9/30/01) As an incentive to encourage timely student loan repayments, all borrowers who consolidated eligible student loans into the Federal Direct Consolidation Loan Program between October 1, 2000, and September 30, 2001 received an immediate interest rate reduction of 0.8 percent. To keep this benefit beyond the initial 12month period, borrowers must make the first 12 monthly payments on time. The 0.8 percent rate reduction will become permanent once these first 12 payments are made on time. For example, if your Direct Consolidation Loan interest rate is 8.25 percent, your interest rate drops to 7.45 percent. If you make your first 12 payments on time, you keep that interest rate and could save more than $400 for every $10,000 borrowed over a standard 10year term. How Will the Lower Rate Affect Your Loan Before You Fulfill the 12Payment Requirement? You will not see a reduction in the amount of your monthly payment until after you fulfill the 12payment requirement. Until then, the savings that result from the 0.8 percent interest rate reduction will be applied toward reducing the principal balance of your Direct Consolidation Loan. How Will the Lower Rate Affect Your Loan After You Fulfill the 12Payment Requirement? After you successfully fulfill the 12payment requirement, the 0.8 percent rate reduction will be applied permanently toward your interest rate. At this point, the savings that result from the lower interest rate will be applied toward reducing your monthly payment. Please Contact Us for Additional Information Website  See our list of Questions and Answers related to the Repayment Incentive Program. Phone: Talk with a loan representative between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., EST, Monday through Friday, at 18005577392 (TDD 18005577395). Last Updated  July 05, 2006 