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Under the proposed rule, undergraduate borrowers would only be required to pay 5% of their income toward their loans.

The U.S. Department of Education unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would overhaul a federal student loan income-driven repayment plan, and, if implemented, could help millions of low-income borrowers - but it is unclear how the agency would be able to finance the program. Read more»

Since Biden’s highly anticipated August announcement, legal challenges have tried to put the kibosh on the program.

President Joe Biden asked the Supreme Court on Friday to put his student loan forgiveness program into action by overruling an injunction from the Eighth Circuit.  Read more»

90% of student loans are within the $1.6 trillion portfolio currently managed by the Department of Education.

Republican states suing President Biden over his federal student loan forgiveness program asked for a preliminary injunction prohibiting the implementation of Biden’s plan, part of a lawsuit that argues the plan will hurt a struggling economy and provide no relief to the working class. Read more»

Now the off-campus housing crunch is affecting on-campus housing, which is typically cheaper and for which there is intensifying competition.

Rents have risen 14 percent on average over the last year, and that’s becoming a huge problem for college students faced with spiraling off-campus housing costs. It’s also spilling over into long waiting lists for less-expensive on-campus dorms. Read more»

The Department of Education announced changes to federal student loan programs, revisions that it says will cancel the debt of 40,000 borrowers and help another 3.6 million get closer to the payment finish line. Read more»

Twelve percent of full-time private and 10 percent of full-time public university and college students are finishing four-year degrees within three years.

Several conventional colleges and universities are offering bachelor’s degrees in three years instead of the customary four as students and families increasingly chafe at the more than four years - and the cost - it now takes most of those earning degrees. Read more»

The Biden administration Wednesday announced its plans to extend the deadline for student borrowers to pause on federal loan repayments, interest and collections until Aug. 31, and also provides a “fresh start” on loan repayments by removing any prior defaults. Read more»

Getting a education in the skilled trades pays off more quickly (and sometimes just more in general) than going to college and getting a bachelor’s degree.

Education for the skilled trades appears to be returning to fashion, as Americans see firsthand the labor shortages and rising pay in fields such as construction, transportation and logistics - along with the lower debt and the shorter timetables needed to train for them. Read more»

Parents who borrow for their children’s college education say finances control their lives.

Taking out a student loan is associated with a lower financial well-being score for everyone, but research found that it is associated with an even lower score when the loan is for the borrower’s child. Read more»

Balloons and streamers fly following the Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business Convocation ceremony at Wells Fargo Arena on Dec. 14, 2015.

Congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the freeze on student loan repayments, and for the president to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt — but so far the administration is not budging. Read more»

Advocates worry that poor communication and inadequate staff will cause problems for student borrowers after the pandemic pause.

On February 1, 2022, barring one last extension, nearly 43 million people with federal student loans will have to start making payments on them again, and as the deadline looms, advocates are raising alarms that the loan system is not ready for the pressure. Read more»

Payment plans offered by some for-profit schools with the help of third-party companies can push low-income students further into debt.

Tuition financing companies have positioned themselves as crucial cogs in the for-profit education industry - playing a critical role in powering the sector financially - but advocates warn that they can be exploitative and nothing more than an instrument that leads to additional debt. Read more»

This legislative session, Arizona ranked first in a nationwide analysis of the number of proposed laws that would make it harder for people to vote.

Young voters in Arizona will be the target of a $32 million campaign seeking to mobilize those ages 18 to 35 ahead of the 2022 election cycle as part of a program funded by NextGen America, a left-leaning advocacy group founded by billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer. Read more»

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program was created in 2008 for people who went into service careers – teachers, nurses or public defenders – and still had college debt 10 years later. But the approval rate in 2018, the first year people could apply to have their loans paid off under the program, was dismal.

A congressional attempt to salvage a foundering student loan forgiveness program was only marginally better, with just 4% of Arizona applications approved in the second round – and that was four times better than the national rate. Read more»

There are nine simple steps that policymakers can take immediately to reduce inequality, get our upside-down economy back on its feet, and begin restoring the promise of the American Dream. Read more» 2