The government makes a profit off what borrowers spend in making student loan payments. This year, that profit is a projected 43% increase.
The Congressional Budget Office released numbers Tuesday projecting the governments profit from student loans to a record $51 billion. It's an amount that surpasses Exxon Mobil's profit of $44.9 billion in 2012; Apple made $41.7 billion.
The profit forecast for this year for the Department of Education surged from a February 2013 estimate of $35.5 billion.
The projection comes while lawmakers are working to prevent the doubling of the Stafford federally-subsidized loan on July 1 from a 3.4 percent annual interest rate to 6.8 percent.