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Student Loan Crisis

Addressing the Student Debt Crisis: We Can Do More to Encourage Responsible Borrowing

Dr. Robert Mendenhall | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Dr. Robert Mendenhall

Colleges and universities need to take the lead on this, and while there are some government restrictions on what we can do, there are some relatively simple things we can do that can make a real difference. The Responsible Borrowing Initiative at WGU is a case in point.

Student Loans: Size Matters, Right?

Jim Gibson | Posted 09.05.2014 | College
Jim Gibson

We just so happen to live in a culture where bigger is perceived as better. But that not always be the truth, especially when you are considering taking on thousands of dollars in debt.

Shahien Nasiripour

How Arne Duncan Is Undercutting Senate Democrats On Student Loan Reforms | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Education is stonewalling Democratic lawmakers' efforts to protect student borrowers from sky-high interest rates and ...

How to Save the Victims of the Student Loan Crisis

Bill Zimmerman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Bill Zimmerman

There is only one way out of the student loan crisis - civil disobedience on a massive scale. Two reforms could bring a fair settlement to banks and borrowers alike. However, while fair, these reforms would cost the banks billions in receivables, which means they will use their considerable political influence to block them.

Penalizing The Poor

Dr. Antonio Pérez | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
Dr. Antonio Pérez

The bottom line is that because of the changes in eligibility and the shortfalls for Pell Grants, millions of low-income students will never even apply to college, scared away by the cost -- with good reason.

How to End the Student Loan Crisis: Make Wall Street Pay

Les Leopold | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Les Leopold

Well, maybe it's time for Wall Street to contribute, rather than siphoning off our wealth. How about a sales tax on all transfers of stocks, bonds, and derivatives in order to fund tuition-free higher education at public institutions?

The Global Search for Education: Student Loan Solution Will Come

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.04.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

Most countries, including the United States, want to ensure their students are equipped with the 21st century education needed to compete in today's world. Can U.S. higher education systems remain competitive in terms of equity and positive outcomes among their global competitors?

What You Need To Know About Congress' Inaction On Student Loans

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business

Interest rates on some federally-backed college loans doubled to 6.8 percent on Monday, thanks to some classic political inertia in Congress. Now, wit...

Zach Carter

College Leaders Petition Congress To Address Looming Loan Rate Hike | Zach Carter | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of over 100 student body presidents, representing more than 1 million college students, will deliver a petition to lawmakers...

LOOK: This Chart Will Freak Out Every Mom And Dad In America

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business

Over the past three decades, the inflation-adjusted income of the median American family has basically remained stagnant. The same can’t be said of ...

Repaying a Debt That Society Can Ill Afford

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 08.10.2013 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

The student loan crisis in America is reaching epidemic proportions, to the tune of a trillion dollars owed by students for the privilege of pursuing an affordable higher education. As with most complex issues, there is good news and bad.

College Students: The GOP Is Coming for Us (Again)

Tori Taylor | Posted 07.31.2013 | College
Tori Taylor

Even though they claim an elephant never forgets, the GOP clearly doesn't remember what a bad idea it was last year when they tried to raise student loan rates to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. They're trying to raise our loan rates yet again.

Fed Maps Show There's More To Student Debt Crisis

Posted 05.15.2013 | Business

New data released by the New York Federal Reserve Bank shows that the percentage of delinquent student loans dropped slightly in the first quarter of ...

Mark Gongloff

Households Piling On Student Loan Debt: Study | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business

Four years after the Great Recession, U.S. households are slowly repairing their balance sheets and shedding their debt -- except when it comes to stu...

Shahien Nasiripour

High Student Debt Poses Risk To Economic Growth, Fed Says | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 04.17.2013 | Business

Policy makers on the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate setting panel have for the first time identified high student debt burdens as a risk to economi...

How to Fix the Student Loan Crisis (for Real This Time)

Adam Levin | Posted 02.11.2013 | Money
Adam Levin

It's time to return student loans to the discipline of the free market. Only then can tomorrow's graduates enjoy the futures they've been promised.

College Grads Are Headed To... Community College? | Posted 11.21.2012 | College

By David Koeppel FORTUNE – In the aftermath of the Great Recession, thousands of students have learned the bitter lesson that the college degrees...

Why Privatization Won't Solve the Student Loan Crisis | Posted 12.23.2012 | College

What separates Democrats and Republicans on the matter of the student debt crisis is a chicken or egg debate about low-cost, lightly credit-underwritten government financing and grant-giving, and the unsustainably high tuition prices charged by the schools.

I Can’t Be The Only College Senior Who Knows Absolutely Nothing About Personal Finance | Posted 10.22.2012 | College

If I am to believe the thirteen million or so articles written on the topic, we young, twentysomething, soon-to-be college-graduates are on the fast t...

5 Ways To Address The Student Debt Crisis

Campus Progress | Posted 09.27.2012 | College

As a country, we have reached a critical point within our system of higher education. In the past three decades, the cost of attaining a college degr...

The New College Timeline

Frank Palmasani | Posted 11.26.2012 | College
Frank Palmasani

After 2008, I realized that if we really wanted to help families and end this cycle of college debt, this system had to change.

America's Student Debt Crisis

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 10.14.2012 | College
Kyle McCarthy

At a time when funding for education is being slashed at all levels, the lenders are flush with cash as our leaders stand idly by, refusing to do anything about this ever-growing problem.

Congress Should Act to Avert Student Loan Crisis

R. Barbara Gitenstein | Posted 08.06.2012 | College
R. Barbara Gitenstein

While I support expanded funding of Pell grants, I am certain that increasing the debt burden on any subset of students will be harmful to student degree attainment and to our nation's economic health.

A National Service Corps Can Solve the Student Loan Crisis

Adam Levin | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

People need to stop thinking of college as something they borrow for, and start thinking of it as something they work and save for. A National Service Corps could be the catalyst we need.

It's Time to Solve the Student Loan Crisis

Adam Levin | Posted 07.11.2012 | College
Adam Levin

The time has come for the re-creation of AmeriCorps, and the rethinking of the government role in borrowing for education. Specifically, the country needs to address three major problems.