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How Income-Based Repayment Can Cap, Reduce, or Eliminate Interest Rates on Student Loans

Published:  April 18, 2013

The president’s fiscal year 2014 budget request includes a proposal for setting interest rates on newly issued federal student loans. The fact that the president excluded a cap in his proposal (as did the New America Foundation) has rankled student aid advocates. We’ve argued that the new income-based repayment (IBR) program that became available last year for students who began borrowing after October 1, 2007 ensures that a borrower’s monthly loan payments are capped – which therefore makes it a more generous benefit than an interest rate cap.

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