Loan programs

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 .

Lender Overcharged U.S. $1 Billion, Audit Finds

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Education Department’s inspector general says Nelnet inappropriately “recycled” loans at 9.5% interest rate.

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