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Federal Student Aid

How to Live on the Cheap While Paying Off Your Student Loans

NerdWallet | Posted 01.31.2017 | College

If you're a college student, you have a lot on your plate -- who could blame you for not paying attention to that mounting student loan balance? But ...

Social Entrepreneurship, Public Service, and Student Debt

Equal Justice Works | Posted 07.18.2016 | Impact
Equal Justice Works

Every second, the national student debt balloon grows larger and larger. Student loans have far surpassed any other type of outstanding debt in Americ...

Just Graduated? Here Are 5 Tips To Kickstart Your Student Debt Management

Equal Justice Works | Posted 06.22.2016 | College
Equal Justice Works

Graduating is one of the best feelings in the world. It's a happy time for everyone, and it symbolizes a fresh start and the ability to go wherever yo...

Understanding Taxable Forgiveness on Your Student Loans

Equal Justice Works | Posted 05.27.2016 | College
Equal Justice Works

Student loans can be a heavy burden on any borrower struggling to make monthly payments. Thankfully, the Department of Education offers some relief in...

An Obama Policy 'To Protect Students And Taxpayers' Is In Danger Of Not Happening

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business

For years, the Obama administration has promised to punish for-profit colleges that produce graduates who can't afford their student loan payments. Th...

Education Department Secretly Reappoints Top Official Accused Of Harming Students

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.07.2016 | Business

The Obama administration thinks the Department of Education division responsible for overseeing colleges, managing the student debt crisis and policin...

Elizabeth Warren Questions Education Department's Competence Over Student Loan Fraud

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has accused the Education Department of being unable to police its loans contractors and questioned whether it can be ...

The White House Tries To Get Tough With Dodgy Colleges

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 02.08.2016 | Business

The Obama administration will create a new enforcement unit within the Department of Education to crack down on colleges suspected of fraud, acting Se...

Love and Student Debt: How the New REPAYE Plan Could Affect Marriages

Equal Justice Works | Posted 11.25.2016 | Money
Equal Justice Works

Unlike PAYE, which is only open to students who took out loans after October 2007, the REPAYE plan will be open to anyone who borrowed directly from the federal government. This includes older borrowers who were previously shut out from PAYE.

Federal Student Aid Office Calls Failure A Success -- And Hands Out Big Bonuses

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

In 1998, the Republican-led Congress and President Bill Clinton's Democratic administration decided to give the U.S. Department of Education's financi...

New Student Debt Report Takes Close Look at Class of 2014

Equal Justice Works | Posted 11.16.2016 | College
Equal Justice Works

Like previous TICAS reports, "Student Debt and the Class of 2014" provides a comprehensive overview of the student debt crisis by combining a bird's eye view of the national scope of educational debt with state-by-state data.

College Students, Borrowers Win As Education Department Expands Protections

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

College students will be shielded from some fees when accessing federal student aid funds, while borrowers with older student loans will be eligible f...

Keys to Understanding Your Student Loans While in School

Stephen Dash | Posted 07.04.2016 | Education
Stephen Dash

It's no secret that most college graduates need student loans to help pay for college. In fact, many students take out multiple student loans with differing repayment terms. That's why it'simportant to understand what loans you're signing your name to.

Revisions to Higher Ed Act Could Cost Taxpayers More

Wendy B. Libby | Posted 02.08.2015 | College
Wendy B. Libby

As students and families continue to financially recover from the lingering economic downturn, federal student aid remains key to providing access to higher education for low- and middle-income students.

3 Ways Parents Can Help Students Make Smart College Choices

Jodi Okun | Posted 05.26.2014 | College
Jodi Okun

Involving your child in this process not only makes him or her more motivated to accomplish what needs to be done in school, it also provides skills that can be used for a lifetime of success.

Obama Announces Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Help

MyBankTracker | Posted 05.11.2014 | Money

Since it was introduced, FAFSA has been simplified. In 2009 it took as much as an hour and half to fill out. Today, intuitive, online software lets parents and students skip irrelevant questions and load financial info directly from the Internal Revenue Service website.

Shahien Nasiripour

Major Education Groups Pressure Arne Duncan To Crack Down On Sallie Mae | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Student borrowers can't expect the basic consumer protections provided to millions of Americans who take out loans because the Department of Education...

Are You Prepared to Face the FAFSA?

Jodi Okun | Posted 02.11.2014 | Parents
Jodi Okun

Next up is taking a serious look at the financial end of your child's higher education. Regardless of your income, you will need to determine whether or not you can afford to send your child to each individual college.

Shahien Nasiripour

Education Department Finds Numerous Problems At Sallie Mae, Levies No Fines | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The U.S. Department of Education has declined to levy any fines on student loan giant Sallie Mae despite secret determinations over the past 10 years ...

Flawed From the Start: The President's New Plan for Higher Education

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

All of us know that more must be done. But is this plan a good solution? The "best value" rating system may seem plausible at first glance, but there can be no doubt that it will do much unintended harm to higher education in America.

College Tuition Rises As Financial Aid For Students Stalls

Posted 10.24.2012 | Education

While tuition at public and private colleges alike continues to rise, total grant aid for students stalled in 2011-12, according to two recent reports...

Tyler Kingkade

For-Profit Colleges Rake In Billions, But 3 Will Be Cut Off | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.28.2012 | College

For-profit colleges collected $32 billion from the federal government in the 2010-11 academic year, but three of those schools will now be cut off fro...

It's Time for Customer-Centered Reform of Education: Part 1

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 10.15.2012 | College
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

In this post, we provide our analysis and thoughts on why it's time -- past time, indeed -- for customer-centered reform of higher education by examining an area that impact the value equation for students: college costs.

Applying for Financial Aid? Do Your Homework

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 03.31.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

It's no surprise that financial aid is a big part of a student's decision to go back to school. The good news is that the federal government and private resources are offering more money than ever to meet this growing need.

Chris Kirkham

Justice Department, Four States Say For-Profit College Corporation Violated Federal Law | Chris Kirkham | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business

The U.S. Justice Department and four states sued the nation’s second-largest for-profit college corporation on Monday, alleging in a wide-ranging co...