Loan programs

Student Financial Counseling (Outside the Aid Office)

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A growing number of colleges are offering seminars on how to manage money, deal with debt and pay for education.

Key Lawmakers Plan for Student Loan Credit Crunch

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As another leading lender leaves the federal program, lawmakers propose mix of increased Pell Grants, raised limits on federal loans, and offer of U.S. support for lenders struggling to raise capital.

House Panel Addresses the Would-Be Student Loan Crisis

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Acknowledging little impact so far on students or colleges, Congressional committee takes first steps to help lenders and protect borrowers if capital markets constrict further.

How to Head Off a Potential Student Loan Crisis

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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.

Many Community Colleges Opt Out of Loan Program

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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.

Senate Panel Proposes No-Cost Help for Lenders

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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.

Drift Toward Direct Lending (Update)

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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.

U.S. Offers Plan for Bolstering Student Loan Industry

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With new threats of lender departures, agencies unveil proposals that are seen as likely to satisfy banks (and Sallie Mae?).

Unusual (and Improper) Way to Lower Default Rates

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Federal audit finds that New York for-profit college paid off students' loans to protect itself -- then turned delinquent borrowers over to collection agencies.

The Government Gets It Right

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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.

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