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Articles by Maggie Thompson

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Borrower’s Bill Of Rights: States Step Up To Protect Student Loan Borrowers

In the absence of federal leadership on loan servicing, states must step up to protect their student borrowers from servicers that act more like debt collectors than loan counselors. Fortunately, there is something they can do: create a Borrower’s Bill of Rights.

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Millennial Voters Win With Automatic Voter Registration

Millennials today number more than 83 million individuals and account for nearly one-third of both the labor force and the eligible voting population. Millennials now surpass Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation. Beyond sheer numbers, Millennials also represent the most diverse generation ...

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Building Tomorrow: The Need For Sustained Investment In America’s Progressive Youth

For far too long, progressive youth organizations have worked to elevate and center the voices of young people while lacking the funds to efficiently and fully transform young people’s progressive values into long-term progressive change.

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FACT SHEET: The Cost Of Catching Up, State-By-State

Across the United States it costs students in remediation and their families close to $1.3 billion in yearly out of pocket costs. These costs range from just over $1 million in Alaska to more than $205 million in California.

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Remedial Education: The Cost Of Catching Up

As many as 60 percent of entering college freshman are placed into remedial education courses to develop skills they should have learned in high school, at a cost of more than $1 billion annually.

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Annual Paperwork Should Not Stand In The Way Of Affordable Student-Loan Payments

Income-driven repayment plans have one major flaw: the need to annually reapply each year.

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We Can’t Afford To Wait: How States And Municipalities Can Help Curtail The Student Debt Crisis

By assisting borrowers manage their student loan debt and addressing the root causes of the student debt crisis, states and even municipalities have unique opportunities to take meaningful action.