Interest rates are set to double on certain federal student loans, if Congress and President Obama don't agree on a fix by July 1. Who would be affected? How did we get here in the first place? Here are answers to five key questions.
Subsidized Stafford loans make up about one-third of the dollar volume of all federal student loans. And 9.3 million students, about 30 percent of undergraduates, took out these loans in 2010-11, according to the College Board.
This year the rate-change would affect nearly 7.5 million borrowers, the White House estimates.