Federal Family Education Loan Program

Federal Family Education Loan Program

Federal Family Education Loan Program

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The Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program was the second largest of the U.S. higher education loan programs (Direct Loans being the first). The FFEL was initiated by the Higher Education Act of 1965 and was funded through a public/private partnership administered at the state and local level. In 2007-08, FFEL served 6.5 million students and parents, lending a total of $54.7 billion in new loans (or 80% of all new federal student loans). Since 1965, 60 million Americans have used FFEL loans to pay for education expenses.

Following the passage of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 on March 26, 2010 the program was eliminated, and no subsequent loans were permitted to be made under the program after June 30, 2010.

Overview of FFEL and DL

In the FFEL Program, private lenders made federally guaranteed student loans to parents and students. Commercial lenders (e.g. Sallie Mae) would use their private capital to finance loans under the FFELP but received subsidies from the federal government. The government also guaranteed a large portion of the loans, insuring private lenders against...
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