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  • The Rates Are Too Damn High: Student Loans About to Get More Expensive

    It’s Springtime, and for many students it’s decision time too.  College admissions are in full swing, and many students are trying to figure out where to go to school – and how to pay for it.  This decision has big financial consequences, as tuition keeps going up and more people have to take out student Continue Reading

  • Take a Hike: The Rising Cost of Getting a College Degree

    By: Caitlin Watkins Since the 1980’s, the cost of higher education has increased much faster than the rate of inflation. As a result, the cost of tuition has skyrocketed over the past few decades. The total outstanding student debt now stands at a whopping $1 trillion, and consequently, many consumers and policymakers are demanding changes Continue Reading

  • Campaign Raises Awareness about College Access and Affordability

    On March 6, 2014,The Center for American Progress and 24 other national and state-based organizations launched a national campaign to tackle the student debt crisis– the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign. The goals of the campaign are to help the 38.8 million Americans currently holding $1.2 trillion of student debt, and to make college more Continue Reading

  • For-Profit Career Colleges Under Fire for Alleged Fraud, Predatory Lending Practices

    It’s been a bad week for career colleges – those for-profit schools that promise to help you find a rewarding career in a specific field like auto tech, nursing, or cosmetology.  Two big court cases have just been announced targeting for-profit schools that may have done little more than put their students into mountains of Continue Reading

  • Why The CFPB Is The Best Thing To Happen To Americans Since J.Law

    Jennifer Lawrence is pretty awesome, right? For several years now she’s excelled at playing characters that excite the American imagination- they’re young, vibrant, and struggle against difficult odds or crafty opponents.  The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) is also young, rather vibrant, and also goes to battle with powerful forces but, despite all this, the Continue Reading

  • Student Loan Monitor Accused of Ruthless Court Practices

    It may be a new year, but for millions of consumers with student loans it’s just more of the same: bills to pay, a weak job market, and little relief from student loan debt.  To make things worse, there’s a government-appointed loan monitor that fights any attempts borrowers make to get bankruptcy relief for their Continue Reading

  • Did a for-Profit School Create Fake Jobs to Pad Job Placement Rates?

    This week, the Huffington Post reported stunning new details about how for-profit Corinthian college boosted its job placement numbers with fake jobs. Corinthian is the for-profit operator of career colleges such as WyoTech, Heald and Everest, and is the subject of a lawsuit brought by the California Attorney General’s office. Students often choose colleges in the Continue Reading

  • CFPB Announces Plans to Regulate Student Loan Servicers

    Are you currently paying back your student loans?  If so, have you ever had problems dealing with companies that process loan payments, provide customer service, and keep track of your paperwork?  Well, these companies – called loan “servicers” – are about to get a hard look from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the agency Continue Reading

  • New College Grads: Student Debt Double Whammy

    Last month, Consumers Union’s published a report featuring stories from student loan borrowers and their struggles. We can tell you that the news is not good for recent college graduates who face economic challenges to repay their student loan debt.  High debt loads, coupled with bleak job prospects, equals an economic double whammy that hobbles Continue Reading

  • New CU report highlights student loan problems using real consumer stories

    Today, Consumers Union issued a new report about student loans, using real consumer stories to show how student loan debt is affecting consumers across the U.S. We asked readers like you about their student loan experiences.  After reading hundreds of stories, we found that people from all walks of life are grappling with student loan Continue Reading

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