Panelists before the Senate Banking Committee stop short of calling it a crisis, but they settle on a few policy options to avert one just in case.
More than a million students are enrolled in two-year institutions that choose not to participate in the federal loan program, report finds, leaving them to incur riskier forms of debt.
With agencies weighing alternatives for aiding student loan providers, lawmakers float plan to let lenders sell and repurchase loans without paying interest to U.S. treasury.
More than a quarter of colleges in guaranteed student loan program say they are contemplating switch to government-run program; change likeliest among 2-year colleges.
With new threats of lender departures, agencies unveil proposals that are seen as likely to satisfy banks (and Sallie Mae?).
Federal audit finds that New York for-profit college paid off students' loans to protect itself -- then turned delinquent borrowers over to collection agencies.
As federal agencies formally unveil plan to avert student loan availability crisis, officials earn grudging credit from players across the political and student aid spectrum.
College financial aid administrators prepare to help students understand a complicated new federal grant for teachers in training, of which many were critical.
Idea of making federal system of allocating financial aid simpler and more effective gains momentum, but political impediments await.
A new crop of online student lending services is approaching its first full semester in business. Will the "people to people" model catch on as a new source of alternative loans?
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