Loan programs

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.

Lender's 2 Tickets to Paradise

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It says something about the climate for financial aid and student loans these days that in many of his recent speeches, A. Dallas Martin has taken to reading his audience -- usually financial aid officers, lenders and others -- the ethics statement promulgated by his group, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Pell Grants Down, Tuition Up

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Decline in key program for poor is among worrisome aid trends in annual survey on college costs, which again outpace inflation.

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