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11/08/2016
News Release

As Election Day continues, volunteers and staff with the Student PIRG’s New Voters Project are going full tilt with creative ideas and proven tactics to drive youth turnout at the polls.

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11/08/2016
News Release

After months of major field organizing efforts in over 14 states, volunteers and staff for the Student PIRGs have helped to register more than 40,000 young people to vote and made over 200,000 Get-Out-The-Vote contacts to college students around the country.

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10/25/2016
Blog Post

We're joining a nationwide push for Debt-Free education. Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ethan-senack/its-time-for-a-debt-free_b_12...

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10/24/2016
Result

The undersigned organizations urge you to oppose any attempt to raid Pell Grant funding as you advance FY 2017 appropriations.

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PIRG In The News

Time Magazine

Thought the student loan crisis was bad as it is? Now add hefty fees into that mix. Providers say students can avoid the fees that pile up when they elect to receive their financial aid on a debit card, but new research from a consumer advocacy group finds that these companies throw up roadblocks to keep the fee revenue rolling in, even as colleges make big bucks off their affiliations with these institutions.

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The Washington Post

Consumer advocates have long criticized the amount of fees associated with debit cards. Most recently, a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found that hundreds of colleges have partnerships with financial companies to put a student’s financial aid on debit or prepaid cards that carry hefty fees. Under some of these deals, official student photo ID cards can double as debit cards.

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The New York Times

Rich Williams, the higher education advocate for U.S. Public Interest Research Group, said he thought about 14 moderate Republican senators might support the effort to keep the interest rates down. “This should be a bipartisan issue,” he said. “It’s something everyone gets.”

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The Washington Post

“This should send a clear message to Congress that this is a common sense nonpartisan issue,” said Rich Williams, higher education advocate for U.S. PIRG.

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