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Student Debt Crisis

Arne Duncan Resigns Amid Legacy-Threatening Student Debt Crisis

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan came to Washington to reform K-12 schooling. But as he announced Friday that he plans to leave office in De...

Consumer Regulator Considers Student Loan Rules To Fix 'Widespread Failures'

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics

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Why Renewing Perkins Matters

Susan Henking | Posted 09.29.2015 | College
Susan Henking

Without Congressional action, the expiration for one of our country's oldest and furthest-reaching student loan program is only days away. Some of the over 1500 participating institutions and 500,000 students will be hurt more than others.

Struggling Borrowers At Higher Risk Of Default As Education Department Resists Recommendations

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

Millions of Americans are more likely to default on their federal student loans because the Education Department refuses to tell them they’re el...

CFPB Considers Suing Student Loan Giant Navient For Cheating Borrowers

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

Federal regulators are considering suing Navient Corp., the nation's largest student loan company, for allegedly cheating borrowers, the company said...

Borrowing For College Set To Hit 5-Year Low

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

College students this past fall likely borrowed the least amount for higher education in five years, federal data show, amid declining overall enroll...

Student Loan Delinquencies Jump As Crisis Spreads

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

The share of Americans behind on their student loan payments jumped over the past year despite the improving economy, new data released Thursday show....

5 Things You Need to Know About Student Debt as a Campaign Issue

Equal Justice Works | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Equal Justice Works

Student loan debt will be a key issue in the 2016 presidential election - and it should be. The $1.3 trillion in student loan debt has become a defining economic factor for students and graduates across the country.

Tyler Kingkade

Student Loan Repayment Can Be Confusing, So Nonprofits Are Creating A Hotline To Help | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.20.2015 | College

Student loan borrowers struggling with confusing information from the U.S. Department of Education will get help from a new website and hotline being ...

Lowering the Interest Rate Won't Solve the Student Debt Crisis

Bob Hildreth | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Bob Hildreth

Senator Elizabeth Warren has reintroduced her bill allowing borrowers with outstanding student debt to refinance at lower rates. This will certainly appeal to those students with high-interest rates in the 7-8 percent range, but it won't help those struggling to pay their debt.

College Admissions: Debunking the Myth of Prestige and Maximum Financial Success

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Ishan Puri

Brand names do not necessarily maximize student's financial success. If financial success is not driving the mania behind college admissions competitiveness, then what is?

Sam Levine

Democrats Call For Debt-Free Public College | Sam Levine | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

A group of congressional Democrats introduced a resolution on Tuesday seeking to ensure that students who attend public colleges and universities can ...

College of Debt and Despair

David A. Dedman | Posted 06.21.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

These are things I've noticed over many years, and especially this year during the college search. Think of it this way. Is that small, private college or public university really worth going into debt $30,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars?

How Hillary Clinton Would Affect the Student Debt Crisis

Stephen Dash | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Stephen Dash

Though Hillary Clinton has yet to formally announce her candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, the pending announcement seems more than likely. If she were president, would she be friend or foe to individuals concerned with student debt?

What Everyone Should Know About the Student Debt Crisis (in 4 Charts)

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If the word "crisis" seems dramatic to you, you haven't been paying attention. The Federal Reserve recently released new data on student debt, and it shows that the situation is even worse than many people realized. There's a lot of new information available, but here are four things every American needs to know.

Youth Must Fight for 15

Hannah Weintraub | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Hannah Weintraub

Young people have taken it for far too long. The exploitation of my generation began quietly with brutal standardized testing and increased rates of childhood poverty. It crescendoed with raising university tuition prices until the stage was set for the grand finale.

Here's What We Can Do About the Student Loan Crisis

PolicyGenius | Posted 05.17.2015 | College

America is in the midst of a student loan crisis. The total outstanding student loan debt has passed the $1 trillion mark, the class of 2014 is the most indebted class ever, and graduates are referring to their student loans as a form of "indentured servitude."

Have We Already Solved the Student Debt Crisis?

Equal Justice Works | Posted 04.27.2015 | College
Equal Justice Works

Kevin Carey posits that the market dominance of federal student loans combined with income-driven repayment plans has solved student debt crisis. It's an intriguing and optimistic thesis.

How Parents Can Avoid Getting Crushed by the Student Loan Crisis

Stephen Dash | Posted 04.25.2015 | Money
Stephen Dash

Steve Mason's tragic story may be an extreme case, but he is not alone. Millions of people are legally obligated to have a portion of their wages diverted to paying down student debt. Borrowers and their parents seemingly have nowhere to turn.

How Public Service Loan Forgiveness Helps Close the Justice Gap

Equal Justice Works | Posted 10.04.2015 | College
Equal Justice Works

Without the ability to earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, public defender offices, nonprofits and legal aid organizations will face even larger barriers in recruiting and -- most importantly -- retaining attorneys to provide experienced and high quality representation to low- and middle-income Americans.

Ben Walsh

The One Argument In Favor Of Student Loans | Ben Walsh | Posted 10.02.2014 | Business

College is worth it. That's the straightforward conclusion of a recent study from the Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project. "A college degree -- i...

Education With a Debt Sentence

Astra Taylor | Posted 11.22.2014 | College
Astra Taylor

The mantra is everywhere: a college education is the only way to climb out of poverty and create a better life. For-profit schools allow Wall Street investors and corporate executives to cash in on this faith.

This Video Explains What It's Like To Repay Student Loans

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.08.2014 | College

There are a lot of things to be said about student debt in the United States. Our collective student debt in the United States stands at a crushin...

Not That Anyone Gives a Damn, But...

Warren Adler | Posted 10.04.2014 | Comedy
Warren Adler

For those of you who got a kick out of my first Nobody Gives a Damn, But... column, inspired by the great sportswriter Jimmy Cannon, I offer thanks. T...

Student Debt: Paying Back the American Dream

Jason Ritchie | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Jason Ritchie

My grandfather suffered from black lung, which he caught during his years toiling in the coal mines of Kentucky. For him, sending his son to college meant that my father would never develop his same chronic cough and back pain.