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WASHINGTON — Most credit unions have less at stake than banks regarding legislation that passed the House proposing cuts to student lending subsidies, according to CUNA.

The College Student Relief Act of 2007 (H.R. 5), according to a Library of Congress summary, which would phase-in cuts in the interest rate charged undergraduate student borrowers under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) and Direct Loan (DL) programs, reducing the interest rate from 6.8% in July 2006 to 3.4% in July 2011. It would also pull back lender insurance on FFELs from 97% to 95% of the unpaid balance and reduce special allowance payments made to FFEL lenders to compensate them for the difference between FFEL interest rates and market rates with a care-out for small lenders from such a reduction, among other things.

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