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Shahien Nasiripour

Sallie Mae Cheated Soldiers On Federal Student Loans, Government Investigators Find

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

Federal investigators have uncovered evidence that Sallie Mae cheated active-duty soldiers on federal student loans, according to people familiar with...

Shahien Nasiripour

Student Loan Borrowers Win As Education Department Reverses Course

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

Borrowers with federal student loans may now access the U.S. government's latest rankings of loan specialists after the Department of Education on Tue...

Shahien Nasiripour

Student Borrowers In The Dark As Education Department Limits Disclosure

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

The Department of Education has quietly stopped disclosing its quarterly assessment of student loan companies, making it nearly impossible for the pub...

These Companies Really Want Your Kids To Have Fast WiFi

AP | Posted 04.04.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it's lined up private support for President Barack Obama's pledge to connect 15,000 schools and 20 million st...

Shahien Nasiripour

Sallie Mae Claims Borrowers' Thank-You Notes Exceed Complaints

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

Sallie Mae, the nation's largest student loan company whose business practices are under investigation by at least three federal agencies, has told la...

Shahien Nasiripour

Sallie Mae Expects $70 Million Hit Off Investigations Into Wrongdoing

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Sallie Mae, the nation's largest student loan company, said it expects to spend $70 million to deal with a torrent of government probes into its busin...

Shahien Nasiripour

Major Education Groups Pressure Arne Duncan To Crack Down On Sallie Mae

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Shahien Nasiripour

Education Department Finds Numerous Problems At Sallie Mae, Levies No Fines

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Shahien Nasiripour

Is The Education Department A 'Lapdog'?

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

The U.S. Department of Education risks becoming a “lapdog” as a result of recent actions toward financial companies such as Sallie Mae, Sen. Eliza...

Shahien Nasiripour

Education Department Slow To Recover Millions From Sallie Mae

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics

The U.S. Department of Education has not yet recouped some $22 million in allegedly improper payments to Sallie Mae, despite a four-year-old recommend...

New Federal Effort To Explain Financial Aid

AP | Posted 12.04.2013 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department has created an online financial aid toolkit aimed at helping guidance counselors and others who advise st...

Shahien Nasiripour

CFPB To Supervise Largest Student Loan Servicers

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

The federal government for the first time will keep tabs on companies that collect payments on federal student loans, the Consumer Financial Protectio...

Shahien Nasiripour

Education Department Remains A Friend To Student Loan Giant

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics

Student loan giant Sallie Mae is currently under fire from lawmakers, federal regulators, consumer groups and student advocates for allegedly violatin...

Shahien Nasiripour

Federal Student Loan Profits Bring Education Department Spending To Lowest Level Since 2001

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

The U.S. Department of Education says it has been working to help borrowers who are struggling under the weight of crushing student loan debt. But as ...

Shahien Nasiripour

Student Loan Giant Reduces Disclosure Of Controversial Funding Source

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

Sallie Mae, the nation’s largest student loan company, quietly removed from its latest quarterly report any reference to a cheap government-backed c...

Tyler Kingkade

Big Problems Found In Sexual Violence Investigations At Largest University System

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.26.2013 | College

NEW YORK -- A federal investigation of four campuses that are part of the State University of New York, the largest U.S. system of public higher educa...

Ed Dept. Seeks Feedback On College Ratings System

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department on Wednesday asked for the public's help to develop a new ratings system for America's coll...

Shahien Nasiripour

Biggest Student Lender Faces More Trouble

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

Sallie Mae on Monday disclosed new federal probes targeting possible violations of consumer protection laws -- a sign that Washington is ramping up s...

Obama Pushes Colleges On Diversity

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration told colleges and universities Friday they can continue to use admissions to increase diversity among thei...

Shahien Nasiripour

Public Shaming For Big Student Loan Servicer

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

A federal consumer regulator has taken aim at the Department of Education’s preferred companies for servicing the agency’s $1 trillion in student ...

Ed Dept. Lets More Schools Ignore Parts Of Federal Law

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Eight of California's largest school districts can ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law, Education Secretary Arne...

Tyler Kingkade

Feds Face Pressure To Change College Sexual Harassment Policies

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.17.2013 | College

The federal government is facing pressure from civil-liberties advocates to back down from a policy meant to curb sexual harassment at colleges and un...

White House Threatens To Veto GOP Plan

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama threatened Wednesday to veto House Republicans' rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law that could...

A Reason To Second-Guess Staying Close To Home

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.11.2013 | College

Tuition for in-state students at public colleges rose faster than nonresident rates, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education r...

'Let's Read! Let's Move!' Kicks Off With Special Guest

AP | BY SHAQUILLE BREWSTER | Posted 09.09.2013 | Books

WASHINGTON — Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan read to excited children and cheered them on as she helped kick off the Education Department's ...