"A lot of the students I speak with are aware that the rates are going up and the impact it can have on them, but for many of them, it's the only way they're going to get through college," she said. "They need those loans. They rely on them, which is unfortunate. They're just trying to complete college."
About 66 percent of the total WVU student body is currently receiving a subsidized federal loan, totaling to about $40 million borrowed this year, Weimer said.
"You start looking at interest rates going up to 6.8 percent," she said. "That's going to be huge."
Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.