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S. 1557 (114th): Servicemember Student Loan Affordability Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 11, 2015 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1557

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 11, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Brown, Mr. Markey, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Tester, and Mr. Whitehouse) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to extend the interest rate limitation on debt entered into during military service to debt incurred during military service to consolidate or refinance student loans incurred before military service, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Servicemember Student Loan Affordability Act of 2015.

2.

Interest rate limitation on debt entered into during military service to consolidate or refinance student loans incurred before military service

(a)

In general

Subsection (a) of section 207 of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (50 U.S.C. App. 527) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by inserting on debt incurred before service after Limitation to 6 percent;

(2)

by redesignating paragraphs (2) and (3) as paragraphs (3) and (4), respectively;

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (1) the following new paragraph (2):

(2)

Limitation to 6 percent on debt incurred during service to consolidate or refinance student loans incurred before service

An obligation or liability bearing interest at a rate in excess of 6 percent per year that is incurred by a servicemember, or the servicemember and the servicemember's spouse jointly, during military service to consolidate or refinance one or more student loans incurred by the servicemember before such military service shall not bear an interest at a rate in excess of 6 percent during the period of military service.

;

(4)

in paragraph (3), as redesignated by paragraph (2) of this subsection, by inserting or (2) after paragraph (1); and

(5)

in paragraph (4), as so redesignated, by striking paragraph (2) and inserting paragraph (3).

(b)

Implementation of limitation

Subsection (b) of such section is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by striking the interest rate limitation in subsection (a) and inserting an interest rate limitation in paragraph (1) or (2) of subsection (a); and

(2)

in paragraph (2)—

(A)

in the paragraph heading, by striking as of date of order to active duty; and

(B)

by inserting before the period at the end the following: in the case of an obligation or liability covered by subsection (a)(1), or as of the date the servicemember (or servicemember and spouse jointly) incurs the obligation or liability concerned under subsection (a)(2).

(c)

Student loan defined

Subsection (d) of such section is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(3)

Student loan

The term student loan means the following:

(A)

A Federal student loan made, insured, or guaranteed under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070 et seq.).

(B)

A private student loan as that term is defined in section 140(a) of the Truth in Lending Act (15 U.S.C. 1650(a)).

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