Affordable Higher Education

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Report | Higher Ed

Obama’s Budget: Supporting Students, not Banks

A report by the USPIRG Higher Education Project estimates the impact of transferring $5 billion in student lender bank subsidies to Pell Grant recipients in each state.

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Creation of the Student PIRG-backed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

After Wall Street practices brought down the entire U.S. and parts of the world economies, Congress finally stepped up in July 2010 and enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

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Blog Post | Higher Ed

Obama Announces Initiatives to Ease Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON, October 25th - Statement of Rich Williams, Higher Education Advocate for Alpha PIRG Students:

Tomorrow, President Obama will announce a series of initiatives that will reduce the burden of student loan debt that millions experience after graduation. 

"Student debt levels have skyrocketed. Hundreds of thousands of student loan borrowers wear a financial straightjacket once repayment begins. Tools exist to help borrowers break free from negative consequences like default but they aren’t aware that these tools exist and they need the tools sooner."

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Media Hit | Higher Ed

In The Public Interest: Student Loan Defaults Skyrocket, Double in Past 6 Years

On September 12th, the US Department of Education released the official FY 2009 cohort default rates on student loans. The number of students who defaulted within two years of entering repayment increased to 8.8%, up from 4.5% in FY 2003 and 7% in FY 2008.

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Blog Post | Higher Ed

Pell Grants Protected in Budget Cuts

As budget cuts continue to dominate politics in Washington, DC, there was only one thing both sides of the aisle could come together and agree on in the latest round of budget cuts:  protect the Pell Grant program. 

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