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February 14, 2014

5 Tips for Managing Student Debt

Heather loves National Public Radio and offering free advice to student loan borrowers and their families. She got to enjoy both last week as she sat down with Public Radio International's nationally-syndicated talkshow host Tavis Smiley to discuss how to avoid student loan debt or what to do once you’re in student loan debt.  Listen to the interview here.   Heather's Five Tips for Managing Student Loan Debt: 1.  Everyone should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 2.  Students should choose…

February 11, 2014

U.S. Will Earn $66 Billion From Student Loans

Thanks to our friends at The Chronicle of Higher Education for bringing this story to our attention.   In an article by Mark Keierleber, the Chronicle notes that a recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office projects that the U.S. will generate nearly $66 billion in income from loans issued from 2007-2012.  The report, "Federal Loans: Borrower Interest Rates Cannot Be Set in Advance to Precisely and Consistently Balance Federal Revenues and Costs," highlights the difficulty in trying to predict what cost of future…

February 7, 2014

Proposed Bill Aims to Bolster Accountability

U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Patty Murray (D-WA) have co-signed a bill that would establish benchmarks for college access, affordability and outcomes.  Dubbed the “College Affordability and Innovation Act of 2014,” the bill also proposes the establishment of a competitive grant program to fund a series of pilot programs at a handful of institutions that wish to test innovative higher education programs. Among the bills key proposals: Establishes a 15-member commission on higher education accountability…