student debt http://wamc.org en Parents Decry Student Loan Debt During Telephone Town Hall http://wamc.org/post/parents-decry-student-loan-debt-during-telephone-town-hall <p></p><p>A New York congressman from the Hudson Valley recently held a telephone town hall on what he calls the ongoing student debt crisis.</p><p>With federal student loan debt surpassing more than $1.2 trillion, Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held the telephone town hall for constituents of his 18<sup>th</sup> congressional district.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:54:29 +0000 Allison Dunne 94302 at http://wamc.org Parents Decry Student Loan Debt During Telephone Town Hall Tuition,Fees To Remain Unchanged At UMass For Second Straight Year http://wamc.org/post/tuitionfees-remain-unchanged-umass-second-straight-year <p>The cost of attending the University of Massachusetts for the 2014-15 academic year will not increase for the majority of undergraduates.&nbsp; The state’s taxpayers will be putting more toward the cost of a UMass education.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; The University of Massachusetts board of trustees voted to freeze tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate students for the second year in a row.&nbsp; The back-to-back freeze is a first in recent UMass history.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 93089 at http://wamc.org Tuition,Fees To Remain Unchanged At UMass For Second Straight Year 5/19/14 Panel http://wamc.org/post/51914-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.</p><p>Topics include:<br />VA Data<br />DirecTV Deal<br />California Chrome<br />3 Gay GOP Candidates<br />Student Debt Study</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90751 at http://wamc.org 5/19/14 Panel Sen. Gillibrand Makes Renewed Push For Student Loan Refinancing http://wamc.org/post/sen-gillibrand-makes-renewed-push-student-loan-refinancing <p>With student loan debt sailing past the trillion-dollar mark, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is once again pitching a proposed law to let federal loan borrowers reduce their student debts by refinancing.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:39:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 90522 at http://wamc.org Sen. Gillibrand Makes Renewed Push For Student Loan Refinancing Report Offers Suggestions On Easing Student Debt Burden http://wamc.org/post/report-offers-suggestions-easing-student-debt-burden <p>As college student loan debt continues to climb nationally, lawmakers in Massachusetts are proposing some ways to help.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> A subcommittee of the&nbsp; legislature’s Joint Committee on Higher Education approved a report this week that contains nine recommendations including trying to decrease the time it takes to earn a college degree, increase state aid, and require all Massachusetts high school students to take a financial literacy course.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 88509 at http://wamc.org Report Offers Suggestions On Easing Student Debt Burden MA Lawmakers Addressing Student Debt http://wamc.org/post/ma-lawmakers-addressing-student-debt <p>A state committee addressing the rising costs of student loans held a hearing in western Massachusetts today.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:26:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 79487 at http://wamc.org MA Lawmakers Addressing Student Debt MA College Students Face Rising Debt http://wamc.org/post/ma-college-students-face-rising-debt <p>BOSTON (AP) — The state's higher education commissioner says more students at Massachusetts public universities and colleges are incurring larger amounts of debt to finance their educations, a trend that could have dire consequences for the region's economy.</p><p>The Boston Globe reports that Commissioner Richard Freeland told lawmakers Monday that the risk of incurring high debt could dissuade some people from attending college at a time when the state more needs graduates in science, high technology, and health care to compete in a global economy.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:54:20 +0000 Jim Levulis 76102 at http://wamc.org MA College Students Face Rising Debt Senator Sanders Calls for Action to Address High Average Student Loan Debt http://wamc.org/post/senator-sanders-calls-action-address-high-average-student-loan-debt <p></p><p></p><p>A new report from the U.S. Joint Economic Committee shows two-thirds of college graduates have student loan debt. It also finds that the amount of debt is more than 60 percent of the average annual income for recent graduates. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 67389 at http://wamc.org Senator Sanders Calls for Action to Address High Average Student Loan Debt Berkshire Lawmaker Leads Subcommittee On Student Loan Debt http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-lawmaker-leads-subcommittee-student-loan-debt <p></p><p>The Massachusetts legislature has formed a subcommittee to gather data and hear from students and educators across the commonwealth on the real impact of student loan debt.</p><p></p><p>Democratic State Representative Paul Mark, of the Second Berkshire district, a member of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, is serving as co-chair of the five member subcommittee that is tasked with investigating the rapid rise of student loan debt among current students and recent graduates.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:03:04 +0000 Lucas Willard 66385 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Lawmaker Leads Subcommittee On Student Loan Debt Karen Hitchcock: The U.S. Student Debt Debate http://wamc.org/post/karen-hitchcock-us-student-debt-debate <p>Total student debt in America has hit the $1 trillion mark, exceeding, for the first time, national credit card debt.&nbsp; Yet at this very moment, the airways and media outlets are alive with stories and opinion pieces regarding the imminent doubling of the interest rate on new Stafford Subsidized Loans to undergraduates.&nbsp; While in college at least half-time, students holding such need-based, federally guaranteed loans pay no interest; rather, the government pays the interest which accrues during that time. 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