Loan programs

Stopping a Lender Subsidy, Permanently

House GOP leaders and Bush administration agree to end 9.5% rate for some loans -- belatedly, Democrats say.

House Dives In to the Higher Ed Act

Debate is intense over for-profit colleges, but decisions on many issues are forestalled.

'Good Day' for For-Profit Colleges

As they waited Thursday morning for the House of Representatives higher education subcommittee to vote on legislation to extend the Higher Education Act, lobbyists for for-profit and nonprofit colleges had strikingly different answers to the simple question "How are things going?"

Bruce D. Leftwich, vice president for government relations at the Career College Association, responded with an enthusiastic "Great, great." David S. Baime, who plays the same role for the American Association of Community Colleges, offered an uncertain "I have no idea."

Budget Bill Advances in Senate

Appropriations panel backs plan to raise NIH spending by $1 billion but keep maximum Pell Grant at $4,050.

Competition = Savings in the Loan Programs

Federal costs would balloon and efficiency would erode if either student loan program vanished, a study finds.

Sharing the Pain

House panel votes to impose cuts on lenders but makes advocates for students unhappy, too.

Imperfect (Yet Successful?) Bill

House Higher Ed Act legislation has something for everyone to like and dislike.

Students Who Charge

Credit card debt exceeds student loan debt, a new study finds.

Advice for the Senate

College groups offer suggestions on how to improve on the House's Higher Ed Act legislation.

The Senate's Higher Ed Act

The U.S. Senate's education committee will convene today to take up its version of legislation to renew the Higher Education Act -- a bill that most college lobbyists prefer to the version passed in July by the parallel panel in the House of Representatives.

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