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Plan to forgive public-service workers’ student loans off to rocky start

The federal government promised college students in 2007 that if they went into a public service profession, they could apply to have whatever student loan debts they still had after 10 years forgiven. So far, the reality has been somewhat different.... Read more»

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Trump budget targets grant benefiting 35,000 Az college students

The Trump administration’s budget blueprint calls for eliminating a need-based grant that benefits more than 35,000 Arizona college students, a cut that one expert said could be “a real setback for students.” The cut was part of a proposed 13 percent decrease for the Department of Education.... Read more»

Feds finally forgive billions in debt for students who've become disabled

The federal Department of Education said last week it would offer to write off $7.7 billion of student debt owed by disabled individuals, taking a big step to streamline a loan forgiveness program long plagued by bureaucratic delay and inefficiency.... Read more»

Who keeps billions of taxpayer dollars flowing to for-profit colleges?

Accreditation agencies are supposed to make sure that colleges are putting students in a position to succeed. That’s not happening at schools overseen by one accreditor in particular. ... Read more»

Arizona college grads’ student debt among lowest in nation

Arizona college graduates in the class of 2014 had the fifth-lowest student debt in the nation, finishing their schooling at four-year, non-profit schools with an average bill of $22,609, according to a new report.... Read more»

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Fiorina misleads on student loans

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina gave a misleading description of the options available for college students who need loans to pay for their education. ... Read more»

Report: Arizonans carrying $22.6 billion in federal student loan debt

Around 885,000 Arizonans owe more than $22.6 billion in federal student loans – numbers that students and experts fear will only get worse under a 13 percent university funding cut in the just-approved state budget.... Read more»

Programs aim to produce more primary care doctors

Arizona doesn’t have enough primary care physicians to meet the need in many areas, particularly in rural and under-served parts of the state. According to a study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, only 53 percent of Arizona’s primary health care needs are being met. ... Read more»

As parents struggle to repay children's college loans, taxpayers also stand to lose

New Department of Education data shows rising default rates on federal loans to parents. ... Read more»

Az for-profit universities balk at proposed federal regs

For-profit universities in Arizona said a federal proposal that would force them to report average student debt levels, loan default rates and other "key outcomes" are unfair and may be based on flawed data. Schools that fall short could lose their access to federal student aid. ... Read more»

Az among best in nation, by being among the least for college debt

Students in four-year colleges in Arizona graduated with some of the lowest college debt in the nation in 2012, according to a new report.... Read more»

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The new economy: Running in place

Americans may be poorly educated relative to some international comparators, but a “skills gap” doesn’t explain the predicament of the barista in this week’s editorial cartoon from Matt Davies. ... Read more»

House OKs bill lowering student loans; some worry about long-term impact

Arizona students who rely on federal student loans to go to college can breathe easy – at least for now.... Read more»

Az students watch warily as Senate deal on student loans falters

For a couple of hours last week, it looked like the Senate would give Alex Miller a chance to relax. Miller, an ASU senior, faces the possibility that she will have to pay an extra $1,000 this year for her college loan, after a July 1 deadline to keep loan rates from doubling passed without congressional action.... Read more»

Have student loans? What the rate hike means for you

Time has run out for Congress to stop interest rates on federally subsidized student loans from doubling. Rates are expected to shoot up from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent now that Congress has failed to act.... Read more»

As lawmakers deadlock, Az students take college debt fight to D.C.

Several Arizona students were in Washington, D.C., Thursday pushing Congress to change the formula for student loans before July 1, when the rate for Stafford loans is set to go from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. The change would affect more than 7 million students and former students with loans, including about 450,000 in Arizona.... Read more»

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