Loan programs

Default Rates Fall Again

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4.5% of borrowers in 2003 failed to repay their student loans, down from 5.2% in 2002.

Gulf Coast Aid -- From Student Loans?

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Higher education groups pan Senate proposal to use savings from Higher Ed Act to pay for Katrina recovery.

Familiar Sounding Budget Cuts

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Republican plan to offset Katrina spending suggests ending federal backing of grad student loans, NEH and AmeriCorps.

'Aiding Students, Buying Students'

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In 1643, Harvard University received a gift of 100 pounds to support the education of a student who was "pious" but poor. And so American student aid was born well before the United States.

The Screw Turns in the Senate

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Education committee's bill to cut deficit and extend Higher Ed Act would provide extra $2.5 billion to new grant programs.

Finally, a Report on Loan Costs

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GAO study, which Republicans hoped would condemn direct lending program, doesn't.

Faint Echoes of 1995

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Amid latest steps in this year's complex budget battle, college leaders go on the offensive.

House Plan to Cut Loan Programs Stalls

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Republican leaders lack votes, for now, on budget package that would slash $14.3 billion from lenders and students.

Student Aid Raid Continues, Colleges Say

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Lobbyists object to Congressional proposal to use Pell Grant surplus for non-college programs.

Too Much Debt, or Not Enough?

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Policy makers and researchers debate whether a $20,000 student loan burden is "unmanageable."

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