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Learning More About Your Student Loan Rates Could Save You Thousands

Credible | Posted 05.24.2016 | Money
Credible

Understanding how student loan rates are determined can help you figure out if you are overpaying on your student loans. Here is a breakdown of how student loan rates are determined and what you can do to fix them.

Why Is The Government Gouging Our College Kids?

The American Scholar | William J. Quirk | Posted 10.10.2013 | College

Education, Thomas Jefferson believed, should be free. Its universal availability was at the center of his vision for the republic. In the wake of the ...

Shahien Nasiripour

Borrowers Default On Student Loans Despite Viable Alternatives

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

Companies working for the Department of Education over the past year have allowed hundreds of thousands of borrowers to default on their federal stude...

Shahien Nasiripour

Sallie Mae Borrowers Missing Out On Major Relief

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

Sallie Mae, the nation's largest servicer of federal student loans, is failing to enroll many of its distressed borrowers into one of the Obama admini...

Senate Taking Up Measure Blasted By Warren

Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Lower interest rates on all student loans are in sight. The Senate was set to take up a b...

Congress Must Address the Student Loan Crisis

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.15.2013 | College
Sean McElwee

This may well be the most short-sighted, ineffective and contemptible Congress in the past fifty years, but can they truly be foolish enough to gamble with the future of America's children.

Here's How To Get In Touch With The Senators Who Voted Against Lowering Student Loan Rates

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

The Senate rejected a move to restore lower interest rates on some new federal student loans on Tuesday. Forty-nine senators voted against the bill. ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Student Loan Deal Set To Fail Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the eve of a major vote that would help some 7 million college students pay a lower interest rate on their new loans, Senate Democrat...

Congress Still Not Working

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This is the message Congress is sending: Sorry, all you aspiring college students, but we just couldn't manage to squeeze it in, what with our many days off this year. We had to go back home to raise some campaign cash, and you students got lost in the shuffle.

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...

Community Colleges We Need

John Engler | Posted 08.31.2013 | College
John Engler

While the data are clear -- it is much better to have a college degree than not -- it is also true that not all valuable degrees need to put families into serious debt. Many community colleges today prove that value can be had at a reasonable price.

Shahien Nasiripour

Another Idea To Raise Student Loan Rates -- From Democrats!

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics

The vast majority of new federal student loans would cost more under a Democratic proposal being pushed as a compromise to avert an impending student ...

Shahien Nasiripour

Senators Want To Raise Student Borrowing Costs Even Higher

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Student borrowers and their families would pay more to finance college under a proposal pushed by a bipartisan group of senators, increa...

Poll Reveals Broad Support For Treating Students As Well As Banks

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.19.2013 | Business

A vast majority of voters want Congress to maintain the interest rates on federal student loans at their current level or lower them, a poll released ...

GOP-Backed Student Loan Plan Clears House Despite Veto Threat

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON, May 23 (Reuters) - The Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to switch f...

Chris Kirkham

Obama Budget's Student Loan Gamble Filled With Long-Term Questions, Experts Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 04.10.2013 | Business

President Barack Obama's proposed budget for next year would reduce interest rates on federal student loans in an attempt to remove staggering burdens...

Shahien Nasiripour

Record Student Loan Rates Feed Government Profit As Debt Damps Economy

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 04.17.2013 | Business

BOSTON -- Millions of student borrowers are paying record relative interest rates on their government loans, lining Department of Education coffers an...

A Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity, and a Bottom-Up Revolution at MoveOn.org

Justin Ruben | Posted 02.02.2013 | Impact
Justin Ruben

A year ago, student debt wasn't supposed to be a potent political issue. Then a lawyer from Staten Island named Robert Applebaum launched a petition o...

Lower Student Loan Interest Rates

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted 04.27.2012 | Education
Sec. Arne Duncan

As we work to get the economy back on track, no one is suggesting it would be a good idea to double interest rates on credit cards or home mortgages. Why then do some believe it's a good idea to double interest rates for students?

Right-Wing Craziness Keeps Getting Crazier

Mike Lux | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

While Mitt "Etch A Sketch" Romney and other Republicans are back-pedaling as fast as they can, the right wingers who control the Republican party are digging in, questioning the whole idea of whether the government should even be involved in student loans.

The New Student Battle Cry: Don't Double My Rate!

Rich Williams | Posted 06.25.2012 | College
Rich Williams

The media and the country are just waking up to the alarming fact that unless Congress acts by July 1, the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Congress must not let that happen.

LOOK: Obama In Boulder And The Photo That Went Viral

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.26.2012 | Denver

President Barack Obama walked into a bar. That's not just the beginning of a joke, it's the beginning of the whirlwind that was Obamamania last night ...

Mack Declines To Take Position On Key Issue

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), who is running for U.S. Senate, declined to say Tuesday whether he would extend the current interest rate on federal studen...

New Push To Keep Student Loan Rates From Doubling

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.23.2012 | College

A Congressman who successfully rallied Democrats in a government shutdown fight last summer hopes he can drum up support once more as he attempts to s...

8 Ways The Government Is Grappling With Student Loans

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.30.2012 | College

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) thinks Congress should change the law to allow borrowers to have their debt from private student loans wiped clean when fili...