Loan programs

How to Trim FAFSA's Fat

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The complexity of the federal financial aid process is among the more obvious, and ostensibly, fixable reasons  cited to explain why low-income students are far less likely to attend college than their peers. So far, despite efforts on multiple fronts, the system has proven to be somewhat intractable.

Taking on Lenders and Colleges

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New York attorney general plans suit against Education Finance Partners, citing "kickbacks" he says were paid to universities.

The First Dominoes Fall

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Several colleges reach student loan accords with N.Y.'s attorney general, repaying $3.2 million, as others face legal threat.

Cuomo's Smoking Gun

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On Wednesday, the other shoe dropped in a growing investigation of colleges' ties to the lenders they recommend to their students -- and many experts on the loan programs were stunned by the developments.

Scrutiny and Self-Scrutiny on Loans

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Fallout grows in scandal over college ties to lenders, with new accusations and expanded debates over ethics and priorities.

Loan Scandal Escalates

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Top executives of lender placed on leave; investigations at Johns Hopkins, Widener and Capella; worries about fallout for students.

The Students Weigh In

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Loan scandals are just barely on many students' radar screens -- but say the word "loan," and they care (at least a little bit).

Cuomo Bags a Big One

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As Congress's student loan inquiry expands, Sallie Mae settles with New York attorney general, but is "pleased" with outcome.

Shaking Up Loan Industry

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Education Dept. promises more scrutiny; documents released on federal official; Chicago State president's ties questioned ... and possible sale of Sallie Mae.

Troubles Mount for Student Loan Industry

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As charges escalate, the ultimate hammer -- cuts to U.S. subsidies -- appear in the offing. Sallie Mae reportedly will be sold for $25B.


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