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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.

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College financial aid application deadlines are quickly approaching. As parents and students weigh their options, Vermont Democratic Congressman Peter Welch is working to make higher education more affordable. He was at the Community College of Vermont’s Winooski campus earlier this week to discuss his efforts and resources that could help ease the financial burden of a college education.


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.

Graduation, Then Debt, For Many Students

May 14, 2014
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Graduating college students will soon receive their diplomas, and for some, hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. Kelsey Comtois, a student at Western New England University, takes a look at the personal toll college debt is having on students.

 Student loans and college costs are a constant worry for many Americans.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal discusses what he says is only a short-term fix.

  President Obama has targeted college costs and student loan debt in recent addresses.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that students are about to get a break.

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The White House is urging Congress to pass a bipartisan compromise on student loans that would offer lower interest rates for the next few years. But Vermont’s junior Senator is critical of the deal.

7/12/13 - Panel

Jul 12, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Ray Graf. Joe Donahue moderates.

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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.

  Student loan debt is close to crisis levels for many people.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells Alan Chartock that interest rates must not increase.

5/20/13 - Panel

May 20, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

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CT Officials Seek to Stop Student Loan Increase

Jun 25, 2012

Several members of Connecticut's congressional delegation are calling for a stop to a planned interest rate increase on student loans.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

U.S. Representatives Joe Courtney and Rosa DeLauro will be joined by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal for a news conference Monday at the Legislative Office Building. They're trying to draw attention to how the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans is set to jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1.

Welch to Host VT Phone Meeting on Student Loans

May 30, 2012

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch says he wants to hear from residents about their struggles with student loans.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Congress is at loggerheads over how to avoid a July 1st doubling of interest rates on some Stafford Student Loans, and Welch and the head of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will be holding a telephone conference call Wednesday evening with people concerned about the issue.

Welch will be joined on the 7:30 call by VSAC's Don Vickers.