Financial Aid

How to make college affordable: Four ways to stem toxic student debt

When politicians make a stink about student loan rates, they’re smelling a rotten fish, but not the most obvious one.

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New analysis shows almost 13 percent of federal student loan borrowers in default

Statistics analyzed by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau show that more than six million borrowers are in default on their federal student loans, representing $89 billion of the more than $1 trillion in outstanding debt.

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Congress OKs cheaper student loans

The House on Wednesday approved a bipartisan bill that ensures lower interest rates on loans for students heading to college this fall. Members of the House voted 392 to 31 to lower rates for undergraduates taking out government loans this school year to 3.86%.

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Who's paying more for college? Not who you think

College students have a better chance of getting financial aid if they come from affluent backgrounds than if they are lower on the income scale, some new studies show.

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Efforts to recruit poor students lag at some elite colleges

A comparison of low-income enrollment shows wide disparities among the most competitive private colleges. A student at Vassar, for example, is three times as likely to receive a need-based Pell Grant as one at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Two-year college students face more money stress

Nearly one in five community college students get so worried about finances, they think about dropping out, according to the “Inceptia National Financial Aptitude Analysis” report. Teaching them to better manage money may help them graduate.

National Student Aid Profile: Overview of 2013 Federal Programs

The number of students applying for federal financial assistance jumped 62 percent over five years, while the total amount of federal financial aid awarded to students under Title IV of the Higher Education Act also increased dramatically. Information about these vital programs can be found in NASFAA's recently updated National Student Aid Profile.

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Two-year college students face more money stress

Nearly one in five community college students get so worried about finances they think about dropping out, according to the “Inceptia National Financial Aptitude Analysis” report. Only 7 percent of four-year students experience such intense stress.

Pell Grant funding stability is key

Stable funding of federal Pell Grants, one of the nation’s main financial aid programs for low-income students, would increase affordability and accessibility, according to many groups with a stake in higher education. But despite its decades-long history of assisting financially needy students, the program also faces perennial threats to its funding.

Pell Grant funding stability is key

College affordability depends on it

Stable funding of federal Pell Grants, one of the nation’s main financial aid programs for low-income students, would increase affordability and accessibility, according to many groups with a stake in higher education. But despite its decades-long history of assisting financially needy students, the program also faces perennial threats to its funding.

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