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A Comprehensive Analysis of the Student-Loan Interest-Rate Changes that Are Being Considered by Congress

President Barack Obama article icon Issue Brief Interest-rate policy for federal student loans should put students first and protect low- and middle-income students from the doubling of interest rates on July 1.

by David A. Bergeron and Tobin Van Ostern | Thursday, June 27, 2013

Student-Loan Debt Not Just a Problem for Students

play_alt icon Video Paired with declining incomes and rising housing costs, student-loan debt is stifling the broader economy. This video depicts real-life circumstances of Americans young and old hampered by student-loan debt.

by Varun Bhuchar | Tuesday, June 4, 2013

What Would the Student-Loan Interest Rate Increase Mean for Your State?

President Barack ObamaNew reports from the Center for American Progress and Campus Progress detail what an increase in the interest rate on Stafford student loans would mean for several states.

by Brian Stewart and Abraham White | Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Proposals to Bring Student-Loan Interest Rates Under Control

President Barack ObamaIn this column, we analyze and compare some of the major proposals currently on the table in Congress regarding student-loan interest rates.

by David A. Bergeron and Tobin Van Ostern | Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Stronger Middle Class Leads to More Investment in Postsecondary Education

President Obama Ohio StateThe rise in U.S. income inequality and the decline of the American middle class have skewed public policy toward the wishes of the rich and contributed to underinvestment in higher education.

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Monday, May 20, 2013

Borrowers of Color Need More Options to Reduce Their Student-Loan Debt

Offering students of color more ways to reduce their student debt, including refinancing their loans, would provide a boost to the overall economy and ensure a better future for communities of color.

by Sophia Kerby | Thursday, May 16, 2013

FAFSA Modernizes to Recognize LGBT Families

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid will soon begin collecting information about applicants who have same-sex parents, giving them equal access to college financial aid.

by Crosby Burns and David A. Bergeron | Monday, May 6, 2013

Moving Away from Credit Hours in Higher Education

Transitioning from measuring student accomplishment based on credit hours toward competency-based models would be a step in the right direction to better assess a student’s skills in a particular field.

by David A. Bergeron | Thursday, April 18, 2013

Student-Loan Debt Has a Rippling Negative Effect on the Broader Economy

Student-loan debtIn comments submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, CAP and Campus Progress identify some of the financial hurdles that student-loan borrowers may face and how these hurdles may affect the future housing market and economy.

by Joe Valenti, Sarah Edelman, Tobin Van Ostern | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

10 Models for Student-Loan Repayment

Metropolitan State Students article icon Issue Brief This brief outlines the parameters of 10 different student-loan-repayment plans, highlights the benefits of each, and suggests issues for policymakers to take into account when considering each plan.

by Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Friday, March 22, 2013

The New College Scorecard Is a Much-Needed Improvement

CollegeThe new college scorecard released yesterday will better help American families identify which colleges or universities can fit their budgets and goals.

by Julie Margetta Morgan | Thursday, February 14, 2013

It’s Our Interest: The Need to Reduce Student Loan Interest Rates

College students article icon Issue Brief As we move forward with improving the educational system for those currently or about to enroll in higher education, it is important to not leave behind the tens of millions of Americans who still possess student debt.

by Anne Johnson and Tobin Van Ostern | Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lessons from the NFL for Managing College Enrollment

teacher using projector book_alt2 icon Report Colleges and universities would benefit from forming a league to establish rules of competition and progress in the public interest.

by Jerome A. Lucido | Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Congress Should Allow Students to Refinance Their Loans

Student debtWe need reform that will allow students to take advantage of historically low interest rates by refinancing their student loans in order to ease their debt burdens and stimulate the economy.

by Julie Margetta Morgan and Tobin Van Ostern | Monday, January 14, 2013

College Net Price Calculators Should Improve Transparency on Data Collection

Prospective studentsStudents should not unknowingly be giving away optional information to potential vendors by simply attempting to estimate the price of attending college.

by Julie Margetta Morgan | Thursday, December 13, 2012