Spokesperson, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Justin Draeger is Assistant Director for Communications with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). Prior to joining NASFAA, Justin worked as the lead analyst for the Michigan Guaranty Agency. Justin began his career in student aid 10 years ago working as the financial aid administrator for the Douglas J Aveda Institute in East Lansing, Michigan. Justin earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Resource Management from Brigham Young University and his MBA in Finance from Baker College. He has presented at several conferences in both the financial aid and business management fields and continues to publish nationally. Justin has been tapped for his expertise on student financing by CNBC, Fox Business News, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Kiplinger, Business Week, National Public Radio, and more.
How do interest rates affect student loans?
Justin Draeger with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators explains how interest rates affect student loans.
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Justin Draeger: Hi, my name is Justin Draeger, I am a spokesperson for The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Today I am going to be talking to you about student loan consolidation.
Host: How do interest rates affect student loans?
Justin Draeger: After July 1, 2006, Federal Stafford Loans are the most common forms of Federal Student Loans, now have a fixed interest rate. But before that if you have loans priors to July 1, 2006, you probably have a variable interest rate that changes annually based on T-bills that are auctioned off by the government. Having an interest rate that is going up or down will affect how much you pay and how much you ultimately owe. Rising interest rates means that your monthly payment will go up and in the end you will pay more for your loan, interest rates that are going down means that you will be paying less monthly and then also at the end of the year, you will pay less in interest rates.