Loan programs

Flawed Loan System

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Rising student debts and inconsistent rules make time ripe for new repayment options, report says.

Loans for Sale

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Governors in 3 states target student loan agencies for cash influx, but privatization worries critics.

Debt, Deterring Public Service

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Student loan repayment may preclude large numbers of graduates from teaching and social work jobs, study suggests.

New Push to Ease Debt

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Coalition of student groups and lenders urge Education Department to change rules to make student loan repayment easier. 

'60 Minutes' vs. Sallie Mae

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Sallie Mae received the full "60 Minutes" treatment Sunday night, in a segment that highlighted criticism that the student loan giant profits on the backs of students and taxpayers.

Fuss Over a Financial Aid 'Fix'

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When Congress hurriedly passed a mammoth bill designed (in name, at least) to cut the federal deficit in December, lawmakers intended to raise the interest rate on loans taken out by parents to 8.5 percent from 7.9 percent as of July 1.

Mixed Bag for Higher Ed

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House appropriations bill calls for $100 Pell Grant increase and level funding for programs White House proposed cutting.

Education Dept. Won't Revisit Loan Rules

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The U.S. Education Department has rejected a petition from a coalition of student groups, lenders and others that asked the department to consider rewriting its regulations for repaying student loans. Department officials said that while they were concerned about the debt burden faced by many students, they did not consider it appropriate to begin a formal process for reviewing their rules now.

Black, White and Green

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2 finance giants start loan business for urban students and minority institutions. When borrowing for college, does race matter?

A Historical Look at Student Debt

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1992 graduates had reasonable loan burden and found repayment manageable, U.S. study finds. The picture's a bit different today.

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