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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has gone to bat for college students: he's calling on his Senate colleagues to immediately reauthorize and extend a 60-year old financial aid program that he says has enabled millions of students to attend college.

Collge of St. Rose

Over the last few decades, Albany's College of St. Rose has expanded both its campus and its educational offerings. But there've been a few bumps in the road more recently.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has renewed his push to get "Andrew's Law" passed.

College is one of the biggest expenses facing families across New York and the nation. Politicians and educators are actively working to mitigate the financial impact of the high cost of tuition and resulting student debt.

The cost of a college education has been spiraling upward for years, to the point where some call it “a national crisis” — specifically, a debt crisis, expected to have, in the long-run, a negative effect on the U.S. economy. 

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Students and faculty members from New York's public universities have called on state lawmakers to increase funding for higher education. 

Hundreds of students and dozens of employees gathered at New York's state Capitol Tuesday as the Legislature held a hearing on the state's investment in higher education.

In his $142 billion state budget proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for nearly $60 million in additional higher education spending and changes intended to make funding more dependent on performance than enrollment.


Student loan debt now outstrips credit card debt in the United States and some are concerned that if college costs cannot be contained, the nation’s future economic growth could be compromised.  In today’s installment of our special series on student loans, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at how legislative efforts might impact the cost of college.

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.

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.

5/19/14 Panel

May 19, 2014

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

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Student Debt Study

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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.