student debt

Hudson Valley News
8:54 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Parents Decry Student Loan Debt During Telephone Town Hall

A New York congressman from the Hudson Valley recently held a telephone town hall on what he calls the ongoing student debt crisis.

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 18th congressional district.

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New England News
6:27 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Tuition,Fees To Remain Unchanged At UMass For Second Straight Year

The cost of attending the University of Massachusetts for the 2014-15 academic year will not increase for the majority of undergraduates.  The state’s taxpayers will be putting more toward the cost of a UMass education.

   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.  The back-to-back freeze is a first in recent UMass history.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

5/19/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
VA Data
DirecTV Deal
California Chrome
3 Gay GOP Candidates
Student Debt Study

US News
3:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Sen. Gillibrand Makes Renewed Push For Student Loan Refinancing

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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.

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New England News
6:31 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Report Offers Suggestions On Easing Student Debt Burden

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As college student loan debt continues to climb nationally, lawmakers in Massachusetts are proposing some ways to help.

A subcommittee of the  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.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

MA Lawmakers Addressing Student Debt

State lawmakers heard from college students and administrators as well as higher education advocates addressing the issues and potential solutions regarding rising student debt.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

A state committee addressing the rising costs of student loans held a hearing in western Massachusetts today.

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New England News
4:54 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

MA College Students Face Rising Debt

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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.

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.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Senator Sanders Calls for Action to Address High Average Student Loan Debt

From the report “The Causes and Consequences of Increasing Student Debt”
Credit Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress

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.

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New England News
4:03 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Berkshire Lawmaker Leads Subcommittee On Student Loan Debt

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.

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.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Karen Hitchcock: The U.S. Student Debt Debate

Total student debt in America has hit the $1 trillion mark, exceeding, for the first time, national credit card debt.  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.  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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