Loan programs

Informing Students About Private Loans

Few colleges include alternative loans in students' aid packages, but marketing is common, survey by aid officers' group finds.

Bucking the Tide on Private Loans

Barnard effort suggests colleges may be able to dissuade students from risky, growing and controversial form of borrowing.

Accidentally Into the Loan Wars

Responding to scandal, U. of North Carolina tells all campuses to list at least 3 lenders. That's unfair to colleges in direct lending, advocates say.

Senators Side With Students

With backers of budget bill framing choice starkly, lawmakers reject measure that would have softened cuts to loan providers.

Sallie Mae Directors to Profit Handsomely

Board members, some with strong ties to higher ed, will share $370 million in profit in sale of student loan behemoth.

Embrace Student Loan Reforms, Spellings Urges

Education secretary, portraying department as acting aggressively, says colleges and lenders should adopt principles and not wait for new rules or laws.

Advice for the Education Department

Scores of colleges, lenders and others comment on proposals to change U.S. rules governing student loan programs and college-lender relationships.

College Board Ends Loan Activities

New state law and pending federal rules would have barred the organization from being a lender while also reimbursing college officials who attend its meetings.

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

Senate student loan report is short on new charges, but fleshes out evidence that colleges often solicited benefits they got from lenders.

Student Loan Default Rates Recover

After 1-year rise, proportion of 2005 borrowers who defaulted on loans in first year of repayment falls to 4.6 percent, a near-record low.

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