Loan programs

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.

Easing Borrower Angst

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Start-up company aims to help college grads avoid missed payments on their student loans by providing a line of credit. But is it better than government's new income-based repayment plan?

Economy Sinks, Default Rates Rise

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U.S. data show 6.7 percent of student loan borrowers failed to repay their loans in 2007-8, up from 5.2 percent the year before.

Rethinking Bankruptcy and Student Loans

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House Democrats start work on legislation to make it easier for borrowers to discharge private student loan debt.

Regulating Private Student Loans

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Critics say exemption in bill to create Consumer Financial Protection Agency would let for-profit colleges ply students with their own high-interest loans.

Surviving the Game of Chicken

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Many financial aid officers are unnerved by mixed messages Washington is sending about the student loan programs. What's a college to do?

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