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July Newsletter: Downloadable Student Loan Comparison Charts | Campus Visits | New Web Site

Download Your Student Loan Comparison Chart
Summer. After a long, tough school year, it’s finally here. Time to kick back and relax, right?
It’s also the season when you have to make some decisions about how to pay for the upcoming academic year. What’s the most confusing issue: Understanding the different types of student loans.
To help you and your family figure it all out, we’ve put together easy-to-read charts — one for undergrads, and one for graduate/professional students — that compare the different types of student loans you may be considering. Find …

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June Newsletter: Student Loan Repayment | Interest Rate Increase | Scholarships

President Obama Addresses Student Debt
Earlier this week, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum expanding the Pay-As-You-Earn Repayment (PAYER) plan to more borrowers in the federal government’s Direct Loan program. Most borrowers who currently use Income-Based Repayment (IBR) will be able to move their loans to PAYER.
Find out if you are eligible for the Pay-As-You-Earn or Income-Based Repayment plans.
Ask the Edvisor: Your Questions, Answered
This month we received an important question about the upcoming interest rate increase on Federal student loans:
Q: I’ve heard that the interest rates on Federal education loans will be …

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“The U.S. Department of Education released its annual report on the federal Pell Grant program this week, which is a treasure trove of information about the program’s finances and who is receiving grants,” according to Kelchen on Education

 

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“The deeply indebted college graduate has become a stock character in the national conversation: the art history major with $50,000 in debt, the underemployed barista with $75,000, the struggling poet with $100,000. The anecdotes have created the impression that such high levels of student debt are typical. But they’re not,” according to The New York Times’ The Upshot blog.

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“Interest rates on federal student loans are set to rise—again—this July 1, following a nearly half a percentage point bump on Staffords last year,” Time reports.

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In a Federal Register notice released yesterday, the Department of Education (ED) announced that the implementation date for 34 CFR 600.9(a) and (b) of the state authorization regulations has been delayed for a third time, until July 1, 2015. Previous guidance had delayed the implementation until July 1, 2013, and then again until July 1, 2014. The extension provides states with additional time to finalize processes for those institutions to be able to comply with the state authorization provisions in § 600.9(a) and (b).

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“The U.S. Department of Education early Wednesday morning apologized for a tweet that some people found offensive because it appeared to mock low-income students,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

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Tax benefits comprise the largest source of non-loan federal financial aid for higher education. So why are tax funds left over each year as student debt burdens continue to climb? That’s one big question for members of Congress and policymakers to tackle as they consider changes to the federal tax code—and a big focus of conversations in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

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“College and university leaders have been up in arms since President Obama announced last year that the administration would soon deploy a rating system that evaluates schools based on factors like affordability, graduation rates, student earnings and how well institutions serve low-income students,” The New York Times says in an editorial.

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“Student-loan debt is widely perceived to be a problem, even a crisis. Experts, advocates, and policy makers have been debating how to tackle it for years, and with the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act on the horizon, those conversations are likely to pick up steam,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. “‘We know there are instances where students are borrowing too much,’ says Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.”