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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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Five Reasons You Should Be Scared Of Jerry Falwell Jr., Trump’s Pick To Lead His Higher Education Task Force

In January, Donald Trump appointed Jerry Falwell Jr. to lead a new higher education task force put in place to roll back federal regulation over higher education. Many of these regulations were created by the Obama Administration to protect students from fraud, ensure high graduation rates, and ...

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To Persist and Resist: How To Keep The Pressure On Secretary DeVos

Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as Secretary of Education, but the fight against her corruption and extreme policy agenda is far from over. Secretary DeVos’ confirmation process revealed her lack of experience, knowledge, and preparation for the job she has been confirmed to do. Now is not the ...

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The CFPB Is Suing Navient: Here’s What Student Loan Borrowers Need To Know

In the aftermath of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) lawsuit against Navient, the largest servicer of federal and private student loans in the country, we wanted to get in touch with our readers about what this could mean for their own student loans.

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How Enrolling in an Income-Driven Repayment Plan Saved My Life

After graduating from college, I was ready to take on the world. I had my degree in hand, a big accomplishment checked off my bucket list, and, accompanying my newly enriched education, a newfound self-confidence that I hoped would make me appealing to employers as I applied for open positions. ...

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Mainstream Media, Millennials, And Student Debt: The Great Divide

The Great Recession officially ended during the summer of 2009, but for Millennials in higher education the economic malaise persists and continues to grow.

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How To Enroll In An Income-Driven Repayment Program: A Three-Step Guide

IDR plans are designed to cap your monthly federal student loan payments at 10-15 percent of your discretionary income and forgive your outstanding loan balance after 20-25 years. If that means more money leftover for Netflix and car payments each month, we’re on board.

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Betsy DeVos: The Most Anti-Public Education Nominee For Secretary Of Education Ever

Meet Betsy DeVos. She’s the billionaire Republican fundraiser from Michigan that Trump has just nominated to head the Department of Education.

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Millennials Crave Economic Stability And Opportunity

Though the Great Recession has largely receded, its effects on the Millennial generation have not. Millennials’ attitudes toward the economy have been shaped by the recession, with more Millennials citing economic stability as their top economic priority than any other goal.

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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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Vote Higher: Higher Education Messaging Toolkit

Today, 43 million Americans hold some sort of student debt, America holds $1.3 trillion in student loans, and the average student is graduating with nearly almost $30,000 in debt. Millennials know this is a crisis—they’re experiencing it first-hand. Recent research shows that it’s the ...

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Want More Millennials To Vote? Talk To Them About Higher Education.

Young people are speaking out about the issues that are the most concerning and relevant. It is now up to the candidates to make these issues a priority.

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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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