19 April 2018
Some student loan borrowers will be facing a larger tax bill this year due to a flaw in policy that taxes forgiven student loan debt as income. Diane Cheng of TICAS explains why this unfair tax penalty is placed upon some borrowers in income-driven repayment (IDR) plans, and why policymakers need to fix this policy.Blog, Existing Student Debt, Partners
19 April 2018
The Department of Education is about to move forward with a new student loan repayment system that will dictate how borrowers repay their loans for decades to come.
Colleen Campbell of the Center for American Progress breaks down the five things you need to know about the big changes coming to Federal Student Aid.
10 April 2018
At a time when student loan servicers are seeing their interests protected by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Congress—above the interests of individual consumers and student loan borrowers—a Student Loan Bill of Rights at the state level is absolutely necessary.Blog, Existing Student Debt, Take Action, Wall Street's Role in Education
3 April 2018
In March, 2018, a bipartisan coalition of Senators passed a controversial bill that would rollback key financial reforms put in place after the Great Recession. While loosening rules on banking practices that contributed to the financial crisis of 2008, the bill’s proponents argue that they included “consumer protections” for the U.S.’s 44 million student loan borrowers.
However, the Consumer Federation of America concludes that these touted-protections will actually do very little to help those with student debt.
29 March 2018
Open textbooks initiatives – a nationwide effort to replace high-cost publisher materials with free materials that can be accessed online or downloaded – have taken a significant step forward. For the first time, Congress has funded $5 million to support these initiatives nationwide. Kaitlyn Vitez of U.S. PIRG breaks-down what this victory means for students and their advocates trying to bring down the overall price of college attendance.Affordability / Quality, Blog, Partners