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Terry Votes to Give Students Certainty When Financing Their Education

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Location: Washington, DC

Representative Lee Terry today made the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act by a vote of 392-31:

"This legislation that was approved today by the House of Representatives ties student loans to the market rate while fixing the rate for the entire life of the loan. Next month, my oldest moves into his dorm at Lincoln, so I'm all too familiar with the rising cost of a higher education. Today's vote takes the federal government out of the student loan business and provides certainty for millions of students pursuing their college degree."

Legislative Background

On Thursday, May 23, 2013, the House passed H.R. 1911, the Smarter Solutions for Students Act, by a vote of 221-198. H.R. 1911 set student loan rates using the following formula: Stafford Loans (both subsidized and unsubsidized) at the10-year Treasury note plus 2.5 percent, capped at 8.5 percent.

Today's action by the House accepts a Senate Amendment to the Smarter Solutions for Students Act by agreeing to make undergraduate Stafford loans tied to the 10-year Treasury note plus 2.05 percent with a cap of 8.25 percent.

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