Loan programs

U.S. plans to let some colleges experiment with required counseling for borrowers

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Education Department will let some colleges experiment with required loan counseling, which some hope will discourage overborrowing.

Proportion of college graduates with 'excessive' debt is growing

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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.

Senators strike deal to revive expired Perkins Loan Program, with changes

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Bipartisan agreement would renew the expired loan program for two years -- but with some new eligibility restrictions that concern colleges.

Average student debt rose in 2014 (and grew by more than half over a decade)

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Annual report finds a 2 percent uptick in undergraduates' student loan burdens, and a 56 percent increase over 10 years.

Student loan defaults drop as Obama admin again tweaks rates

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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.

Four surprising findings on debt and default among community college students

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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.

New College Scorecard repayment data fuels debate over accountability for higher ed

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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.

Student debt protesters crash annual gathering of college financial aid officers

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On social media and in person, student activists zero in on financial aid administrators' annual conference.

O'Malley's personal example on college debt confuses the experts

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Martin O'Malley introduces his plan for debt-free college by talking about how much he and his wife borrowed for their oldest two children. The total left student aid experts shaking their heads.

With debt-free movement, colleges see challenges and opportunities but few details

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As fight against college debt has its moment, what do college association leaders think about it?

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