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Obama student loan plan to end Saturday

6:19 AM, Jun 29, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- Borrowers hoping to consolidate their student loans through a special government program have until Saturday to apply.

President Barack Obama announced the plan in October. Borrowers can save up to half a percentage point on their interest rate through the program.

The Education Department says about 440,000 borrowers have applied, with loans totaling $10.6 billion.

Borrowers who miss the deadline can still apply for a regular consolidation, but they won't get the interest rate deduction.

The White House says 2 in 3 college graduates borrow to pay for college, and the average borrower graduates with about $26,300 in debt.

Young voters and recent graduates are crucial to Obama's re-election.

Exit polls say voters age 18-24 overwhelmingly supported Obama in 2008.

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

The Associated Press

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