Loan programs

Education Dept. Won't Revisit Loan Rules

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The U.S. Education Department has rejected a petition from a coalition of student groups, lenders and others that asked the department to consider rewriting its regulations for repaying student loans. Department officials said that while they were concerned about the debt burden faced by many students, they did not consider it appropriate to begin a formal process for reviewing their rules now.

Black, White and Green

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2 finance giants start loan business for urban students and minority institutions. When borrowing for college, does race matter?

A Historical Look at Student Debt

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1992 graduates had reasonable loan burden and found repayment manageable, U.S. study finds. The picture's a bit different today.

Democrats Unveil Affordability Plan

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State block grants, restructured tax credit centerpieces of a proposal aimed at increasing access to college.

MyRichUncle, InYourFace

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New lender seeks to shake up student loan market by lowering prices -- and impugning integrity of aid directors.

Battling Over Bonuses in Pa.

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Student loan agency's payments to execs give governor opening to push effort to tap its funds for other purposes.

Debunking Conventional Wisdom on Debt

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Public/private status and tuition rates don't necessarily predict which students will borrow the most, study finds.

For a Change, Default Rates Rise

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5.1% of borrowers who began repaying student loans in 2004 defaulted, up from 4.5% the year before.

Textbooks, Barriers and Aid Forms

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Federal advisory panel hears testimony on a range of topics relating to college access and affordability.

Private Lender Accused of Misleading Students

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National advocacy group asks U.S. trade panel to examine Loan to Learn's advertising practices .

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