Higher Ed

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Interest Rate Hike Threatens College Affordability, Will Lead to 20% Increases in Cost of College Next Year

Today, TexPIRG, the Young Invincibles, the Center for American Progress, and Campus Progress released a joint report on the looming threat of a major hike in the federal student loan interest rate. If Congress fails to act by July 1, the interest rate for Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan will double, rising to 6.8 percent. 7.4 million American students will see the interest rates on their student loans double, effectively raising the average cost of college by over $1,000 for millions of students and their families.

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Senate Approves Crucial Student Aid Measure

Statement of TexPIRG Advocate Melissa Cubria on the U.S. Senate’s 79 – 16 vote to pass the Fiscal Year 2011 Consolidated Appropriations Act, with a crucial amendment to fully fund the Pell Grant program.

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Student Borrowers Deserve Fair Loan Terms

Statement from  Christine Lindstrom, Higher Education Program Director, Texas Public Interest Research Group

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Students Need a Strong Financial Watchdog, Too

New In The Public Interest column on Monday in The Huffington Post from Andrew Merki, a senior at Indiana University-Bloomington and the chair of Indiana Public Interest Research Group.

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Student Aid Surges As Congress Curtails Sweetheart Deals

“Today Congress voted to make historic investments into financial aid by ending sweetheart deals for big banks and lenders. This is a game-changing bill that banishes banks from the federal student loan program while aiding students mired in education debt.

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Introduction of Education Reform Brings Students One Step Closer to Critical Aid

TexPIRG Higher Education Associate Rich Williams issued a statement on the student aid bill language released today by the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives:

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TexPIRG Supports Student Aid Reform in Budget Reconciliation

"College students are graduating with deep student loan debt and borrowers are increasingly defaulting on their loans. We must make college more affordable and accessible now. In order to lower student loan debt, we need to increase grant aid—money for college that students don’t have to repay.

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