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The Obstacles Unauthorized Students Face in Postsecondary Education

Colleges and universities, and the education they provide, are critical avenues for social mobility and economic success in the United States. Each year, about 65,000 unauthorized students who have been in the United States for five years or more graduate from high school, yet only an estimated ...

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#ResistanceRecap: How Young People Fueled the Resistance in 2017

2017 began on the defensive: Trump took office in January, and within days he had issued an Islamophobic, xenophobic ban on Muslims. The year was anxiety-riddled, with young people, and particularly young immigrants, people of color, and women, never sure when President Trump and his conservative ...

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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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Resources for Undocumented Students and Higher Education

Below, we’ve highlighted a few scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate programs for which undocumented students are eligible. Many other organizations have resources–whether that be their own scholarship lists, info on how to navigate financial aid, or general tips and ...

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The Lawsuit Against Secretary DeVos and How You Can Help Keep Up the Fight

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but we knew we needed to get this message to you ASAP. As you might have already heard, the DeVos Department of Education made the call a few weeks ago to delay implementation of a rule that would protect students who were cheated, defrauded, and left ...

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6 Stories That Show Why Student Loan Borrowers Need Protection

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently decided to roll back rules designed to help students who have been defrauded by their colleges. While scammed students have continued to request relief processing, no new loan discharges have been approved since January 20. Some borrowers have been waiting ...

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Who Are America’s Millennial Homeowners?

Homeownership may not be the rite of passage it once was for young adults: according to a report by the Pew Research Center, 2016 saw the lowest level of young homeowners in over 40 years. The same report says that 81 percent of adults think buying a home is the best long-term investment in the ...

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Seven Reasons Borrowers Want Sec. DeVos to Fire, Not Hire Navient

Navient, which two states and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently sued, holds loans for one in four student loan borrowers while maintaining a notorious record for cheating students at every stage of repayment. The Department of Education should act in the interest of borrowers ...

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#HandsOff Higher Ed: How The Trump-DeVos Education Budget Would Hurt Student Loan Borrowers

On Tuesday, May 22, President Trump announced his full budget. While he ran on a campaign bolstered by claims of populism and restoring power to the people, his budget does just the opposite: it cuts taxes for the wealthy while slashing foundational programs for low- and middle-income Americans. ...

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The Word

Every other week, we deliver Young Money, a newsletter on young people and economics that you’ll actually want to read, to your inbox. In it, we include personal finance tips–The Word–from experts on subjects that are actually relevant to you. You can find the most recent edition ...

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Young Money: In April, Youth Unemployment And Labor Force Participation Remain Low

In April, the economy added 211,000 jobs and the national unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent—its lowest rate since 2007. The youth unemployment rate, which measures Americans 16 to 24, ticked slightly upward in April, to 9.4 percent from 9.1 percent in March.

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Why We’re Looking To Fire Navient This Week

We’re commemorating an anniversary this week—but it’s not one we're happy to be celebrating. This Tuesday marks the fifth anniversary of the day Americans' student debt hit $1 trillion, or $1T Day.

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