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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...

Friday Talking Points -- Back to the 1960s

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For those readers who weren't alive (or old enough) to experience the 1960s, this week we had somewhat of a history lesson, packaged as a Democratic debate. Part of why this happened is that the Democratic presidential campaign has entered into a "convince the minority voters" phase.

Obama Wants To Permanently Link Pell Grants To Inflation

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics

President Barack Obama would be tied to one of the nation's main college financial programs long after he leaves office if Congress approves a request...

Most Americans Are Getting Help -- and That's a Good Thing

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.05.2016 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When we think of people on government assistance, we often conjure pictures of people living in our poorest neighborhoods. The truth is that most of us will get help at some point in our lives. That help is not charity; it is an investment in a healthy society.

US Launches Tech Avengers

Oliver Leung | Posted 06.01.2016 | Technology
Oliver Leung

Former CTO of the US, Todd Park, is now chief advisor of the US Digital Services and has been given the formidable task of "Crossing the Chasm" between the US government and the people. But unlike most government programs that utilize internal resources, the USDS will leverage private tech sector talents to provide solutions.

The Real March Madness: Slashing Student Aid

Ethan Senack | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Ethan Senack

For decades Congress has recognized that investment in higher education is the pathway to economic growth and a sustainable, healthy workforce, but last week Republicans in Congress released a budget proposal that includes about $150 billion in cuts to student financial aid.

Student Aid Bill of Rights a Step in the Right Direction

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 05.12.2015 | College
Kyle McCarthy

The president's plan calls for implementing a new complaint forum for student borrowers, a centralized website to track student loans, stricter laws for debt collectors, and possibly even bankruptcy for student loans.

Pay It Back: The Public and the Student Loan System

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 01.24.2015 | College
Kathleen Weldon

Despite the sticker shock, the public has consistently believed that college is worth the money -- though questions that mention actual dollar amounts tend to leave respondents somewhat more skeptical.

Confessions Of An Accountant: 'I Have $130,000 Worth Of College Debt'

LearnVest | Posted 09.02.2014 | Money

My take-home pay is a little more than $3,000 a month -- and roughly 45 percent of that goes toward my student loan payments. When that much of your paycheck is eaten up, something's gotta give.

Obama: No Help For Gay Students Cut Off By Parents After Coming Out

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.23.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama said there are no "special laws" planned to help students who come out to their parents and are cut off from funding for colleg...

President Sees an Obamacare Solution to Higher Ed's Problems

Jeff Selingo | Posted 10.22.2013 | College
Jeff Selingo

Higher ed, welcome to Obamacare. It's the same problem Obama confronted with health care in 2009: Spending more just leads to higher prices and not necessarily better outcomes.

Bezos' Purchase of the Post Leaves Graham With Kaplan For-Profit College

David Halperin | Posted 10.06.2013 | Media
David Halperin

What will become of the rest of the old Washington Post Company, publicly traded and run by the Graham family? The fact is that the Post Company was already dominated, in several respects, by its lucrative Kaplan education subsidiary.

How To Not Help Poor College Students | Posted 07.12.2013 | Impact

Whenever policymakers argue over ways to lower the budget deficit, one of the most popular ideas on both sides of the aisle is "means testing" program...

Tackling the Urgent National Challenge of College Affordability: Criteria for System Redesign

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 07.07.2013 | College
Jamie Merisotis

As we begin the next phase of our national dialogue about college affordability and student financial support, we must focus on the basic criteria that a 21st century system of student financial support should meet.

The Spring Tradition That Causes Anxiety For Parents

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 06.14.2013 | Fifty
Carolyn Bucior

As annual duties go, completing the FAFSA in spring is as pleasing as having a mammogram while filling out your 1040. Warming winds lure young and old to neighborhood cafes and parks as middle-aged parents of college kids collectively growl at computers.

The Surprising Facts About America's Student Debt

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.22.2013 | College
Impatient Optimists

Even if students know how much they will need to repay, they often lack information about how much they will make. By requiring schools to report more data and integrating it with earnings information we could give students a better career roadmap.

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...

Mission Possible: Keeping Private Higher Ed Affordable and Relevant

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 12.16.2012 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

Amid all the concerns about affordability, value and consumer preference in the higher education arena today, some good news has surfaced that should give private colleges and universities optimism heading into the fall prospective-student visitation season.

Hyperbole! Hyperbole!

Noreen Carrocci | Posted 10.08.2012 | College
Noreen Carrocci

When I graduated in 1975 I owed $10,000 in student loans. Repayment was deferred until I finished graduate school, and then I started making payments that lasted 10 years. It's the best investment I ever made.

Let's Rethink How We Pay for College

Jeff Selingo | Posted 02.18.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

Student loans are not going away, despite calls by Occupy protesters to have the federal government finance public colleges entirely and write off all student debt. So rather than debate the impossible, we should instead discuss better ways of financing a college degree.

5 Colleges With The Best Finanical Aid

| Dani Wong | Posted 01.06.2012 | Home

It's no secret that getting into college is more competitive than ever. Unfortunately, it's also becoming more expensive. These days, a college educat...

WATCH: Ron Paul Wants To Kill Costly 'Failed Program'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential contender Ron Paul said Sunday he wants to end federal student loans, calling it a "failed program" that has put...

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

Rich Williams | Posted 11.15.2011 | College
Rich Williams

A large debt burden makes life tough for graduates. Buying a home, starting a family or starting a small business may not be options for some student loan borrowers, even if they have a job.