Loan programs

Student debt increasingly trails Americans into retirement, U.S. report says

Older Americans are increasingly burdened by federal student loans -- and they struggle to repay the debt at much higher rates than their younger counterparts, a new government report finds. 

U.S. seeks to relax requirements for federal PLUS loan program

Education Department proposes rules to loosen requirements for obtaining a PLUS Loan. Black college advocates hail the changes, but consumer advocates worry the loans can be risky for low-income borrowers. 

Looming default rates could penalize community colleges where few students borrow

Community colleges ask Washington for help on a federal loan-default measure they say is snagging colleges where relatively few students borrow.

New America report provides snapshot of rising debt burdens of graduate students

New snapshot shows that borrowers are taking out more loans to pay for their advanced degrees across a range of disciplines.

Senate negotiators reach (another) student loan deal

Compromise would tie federal student loan interest rates to financial market, cap them, and direct some savings to reducing the deficit. Senate approval is not a sure thing.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to seek oversight of loan servicers

After a slew of complaints about federal and private loan processing and collection, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seeks oversight of the largest servicers.

A look at all 15 Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery reports from the Gates Foundation

Examining the results of the Gates Foundation's efforts to change the conversation around federal financial aid.

Sequester would hit higher education programs hard

If mandatory spending cuts go into effect Jan. 1, many federal higher education programs will lose about 8 percent of their funding.

Sociologists examine patterns of student debt, gender and class

Sociologists' research on different borrowing patterns of men and women, and of those from different wealth levels, illustrate ways that opportunity may be endangered.

Data show student borrowers over 30 a growing population

Data from the New York Fed show student borrowers are increasingly over 40, including some still paying back their own loans while borrowing for their children's education.


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