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Archives: Student Debt

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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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Putting Student Debt Reform On The Map

Over the past few months, states and municipalities have taken action on behalf of student loan borrowers, introducing and passing many of the policies suggested in Generation Progress' report released earlier this year.

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Robust Income-Driven Repayment Programs Can Help Borrowers Keep Payments Low

Many student loan borrowers are eligible to change the terms of their payments through income-driven repayment (IDR) plans.

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How The University Of Phoenix Is Profiting Off Students, Veterans, And Now The NCAA

The University of Phoenix—one of the largest for-profit colleges in the country—has taken advantage of thousands of students and veterans, directly contributing to the student debt crisis that has left 40 million Americans in debt. It’s been subject to multiple investigations for its ...

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What Does My Attorney General Do? Hint: It’s A Lot.

It’s clear that AGs keep busy: in addition to consumer protections, they also oversee antitrust policy, civil rights issues, environmental protections, labor laws, and more, in addition to acting as the chief legal officer for their state and its residents.

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Something Strange With Your Student Loans? Who Can You Call? The Department Of Education

 Thousands of federal student loan borrowers across the nation now have the opportunity to air their grievances and seek redress through the Department of Education’s recently released federal student aid complaint system. By opening up a new avenue of communication between the Department of ...

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Students Struggling With Debt Are Tasty Bait For Payday Lending Loan Sharks

Current and former students struggling to pay back the thousands they have in student debt present the perfect opportunity for predatory payday lenders to make a quick buck.

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Pledging To Build A Fair(er) America

The Fair Chance pledge allows businesses and universities to declare their commitment to helping formerly incarcerated individuals readjust to their new lives.

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Who Said It: A Closer Look at Trump University And Other For-Profit Institutions

You’ve probably heard a lot recently in the news about Donald Trump’s for-profit school, Trump University. But the crazy thing is programs like Trump U are a lot more common than you probably realize—for-profit colleges exist all over the U.S. and take advantage of students on a daily basis.

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Trump University Charged $35,000 For Three-Day Unaccredited Program

Donald Trump-owned Trump University may have “university” in the name, but the similarities between the program and legitimate institutions of higher education end there.

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The Gender Wage Gap Is Forcing Women To Bear The Brunt Of Student Loan Debt

Women are just as educated as men and just as indebted, but struggle to pay back that debt due to a systemic gender pay gap that puts them one step behind before they even begin their careers.

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Student Debt 101: You Asked, We Answered

Do you have federal student loans? Are you working on paying those student loans back? Does the process seem daunting and confusing? If you’re violently nodding your head yes right now, don’t worry. You’re not alone! Even though the process may seem confusing, it doesn’t have to be scary. ...

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