Loan programs

Showdown on Student Aid Ethics

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At loan industry meeting, president of upstart lender confronts head of financial aid officials' group on gifts policy at its conference.

An Outline with Few Details

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Incoming chair of House education committee addresses -- quite generally -- higher ed issues for the year ahead.

Documenting the Boom in Private Loans

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Study's finding that 20 percent of students with alternative loans do not borrow from federal government raises troubling questions.

More Than a Rabble Rouser?

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Move by student loan borrower advocate to create a PAC sparks disagreement about founder's influence and tactics.

Democrats Rally for Debt Relief

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Cuts to interest rates on subsidized loans, the new majority says, would be "the first step."

Rancorous House Backs Student Loan Bill

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Lawmakers vote overwhelmingly to cut interest rate in half by 2011, but Republicans and Democrats spar over tactics and history. 

Disputed Accord in Student Loan Case

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Education Department concludes that Nelnet broke law, but settlement lets lender keep $278 million in payments.

More Bad News for Lenders

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Leading senator poised to introduce legislation requiring banks to compete on price for right to offer federal student loans.

Lender/University Entanglements

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U. of Nebraska Foundation's ownership of Nelnet stock at time of 'school as lender' deal raises eyebrows.

MyRichUncle's Under-the-Radar Buy

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The e-mail message last month from the president of Embark, a company whose software colleges use to process online applications from students, promised big changes for its customers. The company's management team, said Adam Park, had, "with the help of outside funding," bought Embark from the Princeton Review, its owner since 2001.

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