WASHINGTON (8/9/13, UPDATED 11:50 a.m. ET)--It is expected that President Obama will sign a bill this afternoon that will lower the federal student loan rate to 3.86%, for direct loans for undergraduate students, after it shot up to 6.8% in July.
The bill, known as the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, passed the U.S. House a little more than a week ago and was approved by the Senate a week before that.
The legislation ties federal student loan interest rates to the 10-year Treasury note. Individual rates will be locked in for the life of the loan. Students and their families will be protected from sharply increasing interest rates.
The bill does not affect private student loan rates.