Loan programs

Delay for Loan Auction, Help for Borrowers

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Bill to correct Higher Education Act errors would make several substantive changes, including putting off controversial bidding process for federal parent loans.

A 'Third Way' on Student Loans?

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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's 2010 budget proposal in February to eliminate the lender-based guaranteed student loan program poured gasoline on the longstanding (and, to many, tiresome) debate over whether that program or the federal government's competing direct loan program is more efficient, cost effective, etc.

'The Student Loan Scam'

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Not everyone would willingly choose to become the public face of the debt-ridden. Alan Collinge didn't exactly choose to do so, defaulting on $38,000 in student loans only after a series of missteps and strokes of misfortune, but he has embraced his situation with gusto, founding StudentLoanJustice.org to advocate for distressed borrowers and now writing a book, The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press).

Arne Duncan, Free Marketeer

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Questioned on college prices by House members, education secretary suggests that students and parents will increasingly abandon high-tuition institutions for less-costly alternatives.

Yellow Light on Student Loan Reform

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Congress's compromise budget resolution clears way for White House plan to push restructuring of student financial aid -- but signals lawmakers' skepticism of ending role for private and state lenders.

The Future of Student Loans

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House hearing elicits widespread agreement that big changes are coming, and that a single federal loan program would make sense. But left unanswered: Is administration's plan clearly the best option?

Simplification Is ... Complicated

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Gathering of policy makers and researchers reveals widespread agreement that financial aid system should be streamlined -- but offers little confidence that it will be.

Lenders' Last-Ditch Gambit

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For all their talk about how damaging and risky the Obama administration's student loan proposal could be for students and the country, leaders in the student loan industry appear to be willing to live with the plan in its broad outlines -- or at least to have concluded that they can't do too much to derail it.

Disconcerting Data on Student Debt

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Analysis of federal statistics shows rise in borrowing for college, especially costlier and riskier alternative loans.

Feeling Like a Fait Accompli

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As House Democrats embrace Obama loan proposal, many at financial aid meeting (often grudgingly) see shift to government-based lending as inevitable, though lenders vow continued fight.

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