student debt

New York News
6:39 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Schumer Pushes For Student Loan Forgiveness In Case Of Death

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

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New York News
1:00 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

NY Families With College Students Could Save Millions A Year Under Schumer Bill


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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New York News
10:41 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

NY Lawmakers Examine Higher Education Spending

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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.

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Student Loan Series
1:05 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Part One Of Student Loan Series Assesses Legislative Efforts To Control Costs

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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.

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

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