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Right-leaning policy thinkers push agenda to simplify loan system, inject bigger role for private lenders. But proposals to eliminate PLUS loans likely to draw opposition from advocacy groups.
Admissions counselors raise concerns over some colleges packaging PLUS loans in financial aid award letters, possibly misleading families about cost of attendance.
As second longtime target collapses and enforcement actions pile up, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau becomes key regulator of student loan industry and for-profit higher ed.
Education Department will let some colleges experiment with required loan counseling, which some hope will discourage overborrowing.
An analysis finds a steady rise in the proportion of college graduates paying too high a percentage of their annual income to repay student loan debt.
Bipartisan agreement would renew the expired loan program for two years -- but with some new eligibility restrictions that concern colleges.
Annual report finds a 2 percent uptick in undergraduates' student loan burdens, and a 56 percent increase over 10 years.
The share of students defaulting on their federal loans within three years fell this year, as the Obama administration again made a controversial tweak to the default rates in ways that helped some colleges.
Community college students who take out small federal loans are more likely to default, new report finds, and most defaulters earned fewer than 15 credits and never made a payment on their debt.
Repayment rates may replace default rates as key measure of quality. That's bad news for many for-profit and historically black colleges, and some community colleges, too.
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