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{"id":1337524,"type":0,"block_id":"fmuraca_1372881538","theme_id":31,"user_id":475609,"path":"How-raising-interest-rates-on-Stafford-Loans-will-affect-Mason-students","title":"How raising interest rates on student loans will affect Mason students","pubtitle":"How raising interest rates on Stafford Loans will affect Mason students","tags":"","public":true,"publicAccess":true,"private_link_enabled":0,"thumb":"https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/infogram-thumbs-200/fmuraca_1372881538.jpg","width":550,"copyright":null,"properties":{"publishType":0,"transparent":false,"rtl":false,"export_settings":{"showGrid":true,"showValues":true},"whitelabel":false,"embed_button":"enabled","title_link":"infogram","custom_logo":"infogram","custom_link_url":"","embed_button_text":"Share","decimal_separator":".,"},"elements":[{"type":"particle","particle_id":14437723,"object_id":"8f6cfbf6-ea67-11e4-a037-7b5f270fdca9","particle_type":"maintitle","picture":null,"text":"How raising interest rates on student loans will affect Mason students","content_type":"","title":null,"shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1735694,"object_id":"fmuraca1372885362","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"On July 1, the cost of borrowing for student loans doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, after they had been lowered by Congress during the Great Recession. The raise will only affect subsidized Stafford loans, which are primarily provided on a needs-based criteria. \n\nLast year, subsidized stafford loans made up about 24 percent of total financial aid to Mason students. ","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1735722,"object_id":"fmuraca1372885744","particle_type":"bodytitle","picture":null,"text":"Percentage of Total Aid Provided to Mason Students by Type","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"chart","chart_id":2248679,"object_id":"fmuraca_1372881707","chart_type_nr":2,"data":[[["Student Financial Aid","2011-2012"],["Subsidized Stafford Loan","23.79%"],["Unsubsidized Stafford Loan","26.49%"],["Other","49.72"]]],"custom":{"showInLineValues":true},"colors":[],"dimensions":[],"modifier":2,"sheetnames":[],"sheets_settings":[]},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1735609,"object_id":"fmuraca1372884053","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"Interest rates on unsubsidized Stafford loans will be unaffected by the change, and will remain at 6.8 percent, the same interest rate that subsidized Stafford loans will be offered. Likewise, the increase will only affect loans taken out after July 1. \n\nIn recent years, the percentage of Mason students who have been awarded subsidized Stafford loans has risen modestly. However, the number of students who have been awarded unsubsidized Stafford loans has dramatically.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1735728,"object_id":"fmuraca1372885809","particle_type":"bodytitle","picture":null,"text":"Percentage of Mason Students Awarded Stafford Loans","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"chart","chart_id":2248929,"object_id":"fmuraca_1372883876","chart_type_nr":6,"data":[[["","2005-2006","2006-2007","2007-2008","2008-2009","2009-2010","2010-2011","2011-2012"],["Percentage of Students Awarded Subsidized Stafford Loans","55.16%","54.49%","52.86%","54.37%","56.08%","61.09%","63.27%"],["Percentage of Students Awarded Unsubsidized Stafford Loans","37.53%","36.84%","34.18%","44.56%","54.68%","58.13%","60.92%"]]],"custom":{"legacyTransposeDone":true,"switchRowsColumns":true},"colors":[],"dimensions":[],"modifier":0,"sheetnames":[],"sheets_settings":[]},{"type":"chart","chart_id":2249042,"object_id":"fmuraca_1372885211","chart_type_nr":23,"data":[[["$1,000","National average cost that raising interest rates will have on borrowers with subsidized Stafford loans.","upPath",""],["","",""]]],"custom":{},"colors":[],"dimensions":[],"modifier":0,"sheetnames":[],"sheets_settings":[]},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1735743,"object_id":"fmuraca1372885998","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"Congress is continuing to debate which actions to take with regards to interest rates on student loans. There are several plans that would have varying impact on borrowing costs. Some would tie the interest rates of student loans to those of 10-year Treasury notes, while others would cap it at certain thresholds. The Washington Post has provided a helpful graph for how each plan would affect the interest rates of the different loans provided by the federal government:","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1735765,"object_id":"fmuraca_1372886349","particle_type":"image","picture":"https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/infogram-particles-700/fmuraca_1372886349.png"},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1735768,"object_id":"fmuraca1372886371","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"Source: The Washington Post","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null}],"theme":{"createdAt":"2016-04-22T04:54:07.000Z","updatedAt":"2016-12-28T10:33:43.000Z","logoImages":[""],"charts":{"treemap":{"labels":{"name":{"fontFamily":"PT Sans Narrow","fontWeight":"700"},"value":{"fontFamily":"PT Sans 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