Text: H.R.4119 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/30/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 4119


To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to extend the interest-free grace period certain loans, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 30, 2019

Mr. Lawson of Florida (for himself, Ms. Tlaib, and Mr. Vargas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


A BILL

To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to extend the interest-free grace period certain loans, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Student Loan De­fer­ment Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Interest-free grace period.

(a) Repayment period.—

(1) EXTENSION OF GRACE PERIOD.—Section 428(b)(7)(A) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1078(b)(7)(A)) is amended by striking “6 months” and inserting “1 year”.

(2) PERKINS.—Section 464(c)(1)(A) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087dd(c)(1)(A)) is amended—

(A) by striking “nine months” and inserting “1 year”; and

(B) by striking “9 months” and inserting “1 year”.

(b) Interest rates.—Section 455(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087e(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(11) IN SCHOOL AND GRACE PERIOD RULES.—Notwithstanding the preceding paragraphs of this subsection, with respect to any Federal Direct Stafford Loan or Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan made under this part for which the first disbursement is made on or after July 1, 2020, the applicable rate of interest for interest which accrues—

“(A) prior to the beginning of the repayment period of the loan; or

“(B) during the period in which principal need not be paid (whether or not such principal is in fact paid) by reason of a provision described in section 428(b)(1)(M) or 427(a)(2)(C),

shall be equal to zero percent.”.


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