The final rule on education loans indicates the agencies will consider low-cost
education loans to low-income borrowers as a positive factor when assessing a
financial institution's record of meeting community credit needs under the CRA.
- Provides a definition of "low-income borrower" consistent with current CRA
definitions (50 percent of area median income), including borrowers' and
- Defines "low-cost" based on the rates and fees charged under U. S.
Department of Education lending programs;
- Includes loans for higher education by accredited institutions listed by the
U. S. Department of Education and loans covered by Truth in Lending
- Enables consideration of loans outside assessment areas if the needs are
adequately addressed inside assessment areas; and
- Does not require any institution to make low-cost loans to low-income
students or change how consumer loans are otherwise considered during CRA
The provisions on minority- and women-owned financial institutions and low-income
credit unions were previously communicated in Interagency Questions and
Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment, published on March 11, 2010
FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Chief Executive Officers
Community Reinvestment Act
Joint Final Rule - PDF (PDF
Janet Gordon, Senior Policy Analyst, Compliance Policy Section, email@example.com or (202) 898-3850; or
Susan van den Toorn, Counsel, firstname.lastname@example.org or (202)
FDIC financial institution letters (FILs) may be accessed from the FDIC's Web
site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2010/index.html.
To receive FILs electronically, please visit http://www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/fil.html.
Paper copies of FDIC financial institution letters may be obtained through the
FDIC's Public Information Center, 3501 Fairfax Drive, E-1002, Arlington, VA
22226 (1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200).