Loan programs

Mixed Bag for Higher Ed

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

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

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

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

Democrats Unveil Affordability Plan

State block grants, restructured tax credit centerpieces of a proposal aimed at increasing access to college.

MyRichUncle, InYourFace

New lender seeks to shake up student loan market by lowering prices -- and impugning integrity of aid directors.

Battling Over Bonuses in Pa.

Student loan agency's payments to execs give governor opening to push effort to tap its funds for other purposes.

Debunking Conventional Wisdom on Debt

Public/private status and tuition rates don't necessarily predict which students will borrow the most, study finds.

For a Change, Default Rates Rise

5.1% of borrowers who began repaying student loans in 2004 defaulted, up from 4.5% the year before.

Textbooks, Barriers and Aid Forms

Federal advisory panel hears testimony on a range of topics relating to college access and affordability.

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