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"Federal student loan interest rates: A historical perspective" is a podcast interview with Jason Delisle, Director of the Federal Education Budget Project at the New America Foundation. Delisle provides an overview of the history of federal student loans, including detailed descriptions of each type of loan, to help further explain the current student loan interest rate debate in Congress. Providing a thorough background of the debate to raise current rates on subsidized Stafford Loans, Delisle delineates how Congressional action or inaction would impact families. Furthermore, Delisle explains his alternative proposal, which calls for linking all federal student loans to the rates of ten year treasury bonds.

Interview facilitation, commentary and discussion presented by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin, and Elise Scanlon of Radio Higher Ed.

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Radio Higher Ed, LLC

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Copyright © 2012 Radio Higher Ed . All Rights Reserved. Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network.

RadioHigherEd007F001.mp3 (2885 kB)
A historical perspective on federal student loans and an overview of current interest rates. (3:04)

RadioHigherEd007F002.mp3 (1199 kB)
An overview of the current interest rate debate in Congress. (1:16)

RadioHigherEd007F003.mp3 (2021 kB)
Are federal student loans a good deal for borrowers? (2:08)

RadioHigherEd007F004.mp3 (1853 kB)
Are student loans like home mortgages? An examination of the important distinctions. (1:58)

RadioHigherEd007F005.mp3 (5704 kB)
Are interest rates too high and is the government making a profit from increased interest rates? (6:05)

RadioHigherEd007F006.mp3 (2610 kB)
How do we encourage more responsible borrowing by students? (2:46)

RadioHigherEd007F007.mp3 (4700 kB)
An alternative to supporting a 3.4 percent interest rate change: a new proposal for Congress. (5:00)

RadioHigherEd007F008.mp3 (2141 kB)
The best and worst case scenarios for students and families in the interest rate debate. (2:16)

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An analysis of the conversation with Mr. Delisle by the co-hosts of Radio Higher Ed. (12:05)