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Nationwide, about 50 million people — or 1 in 5 adults — are on a financing plan to pay off a medical or dental bill, and about a quarter of those borrowers are paying interest.

As Americans are overwhelmed with medical bills, patient financing is now a multibillion-dollar business, with private equity and big banks lined up to cash in when patients and their families can’t pay for care. Read more»

Republicans and other advocacy groups have attacked the program as a handout to high-salaried professionals - but people who earn over $125,000 are not eligible for the loan relief program.

A federal judge in North Texas ruled on Thursday that President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program is “unlawful,” the latest challenge to the policy that has seen several attacks from conservative groups. Read more»

First-generation students and students from low-income families may only have access to the financial guidance offered in school, and school counselors may not be experts on what has become an increasingly complicated process.

Although about 85 percent of freshmen at four-year residential colleges receive some kind of financial aid, many families get scared off by the sticker price as the processes for bringing that number down are complex and far from transparent. Read more»

Rep. Michelle Udall, a Republican from Mesa, embraces Jose Patiño, an immigrant leader, while Reyna Montoya (right), founder of Aliento, cries inside the gallery of the House of Representatives on May 10, 2021. Udall pushed past her caucus to get Senate Concurrent Resolution 1044 to vote. The measure, which will repeal an Arizona ban on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants, passed 33-27.

With a bipartisan vote, the Arizona House of Representatives passed a measure in favor of Senate Concurrent Resolution 1044, which will give voters next year an opportunity to repeal parts of a 2006 ban on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students. Read more»

In Arizona, about 2,000 students without immigration status graduate from high school every year, according to the Migration Policy Institute. Pictured are graduates from North High School in Phoenix during a commencement ceremony on May 22, 2019.

Republican Reps. Michelle Udall and Joel John brought back a measure on the House floor on Wednesday that would give voters an opportunity to a repeal an Arizona law prohibiting in-state tuition benefits for undocumented immigrants. Read more»

Eligible DACA students were offered in-state tuition between May 7, 2015, after Superior Court ruled that they qualified for in-state tuition, and April 9, 2018, when the Arizona Supreme Court held they were not eligible.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and the Arizona Board of Regents agreed to dismiss the remaining claim in a 2017 lawsuit over the in-state tuition rates granted to some undocumented students. A 2006 voter-approved law prohibits people with no legal immigration status from accessing in-state tuition and financial aid. Read more»

Like most states, Arizona cut deeply into higher education funding during the recession. While that has started to turn around, per student support in Arizona is still more than 50 percent below what it was in 2008, well above the national drop of 16 percent.

State support for students at Arizona’s three public universities has fallen by 53.8 percent since 2008, more than three times the national decline over the same period, according to a new report. Read more»

Less than one out of three students in Arizona in 2013 earned a four-year degree in six years or less, according to a 2015 report by the U.S. Department of Education. Read more»

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

House Republicans last week passed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's proposed budget, which would shred the safety net for gay and transgender families to tatters. Read more»

Dan Fitzgibbon, chairman of the Arizona Students’ Association, says the bill would limit students’ access to affordable education.

A bill in the state Legislature would require full-time resident undergraduate students at Arizona's universities to pay at least $2,000 per year toward tuition and mandatory fees. Read more»

Today on Buckmaster - We've got a newsmaker interview with Pima Community College Chancellor Dr. Roy Flores. Following that, we talk with Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Read more»

We've been following allegations of enrollment abuses and bogus marketing schemes at for-profit schools for some time now, and a report released by the GAO this week further highlights some of the questionable recruiting tactics of several for-profit colleges across the country. Read more»