Tuition

10:43am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

GOP Senators Block Democrats' Student Loan Bill

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 1:22 pm

Senate Republicans gave a thumbs down to a Democratic plan that would have frozen interest rates for 7.4 million students taking out new federally subsidized Stafford loans.

The vote was 52-45. Sixty votes were needed to avoid a certain Republican filibuster and to move the bill toward debate.

From the Republican perspective, it wasn't the idea of keeping the rate at 3.4 percent rather than letting it double starting in July. The impasse was over how to fund the one-year rate freeze, which would cost the government $6 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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12:43pm

Thu May 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Democrats Keep Getting Dinged For Hitting GOP On Women's Health, Loans

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 1:00 pm

MoveOn.org

Democrats keep getting dinged by media fact checkers for attacking Republicans for allegedly wanting to strip money from preventive health programs to pay for to keep the interest rates on some student loans from doubling this summer.

But that hasn't stopped progressives from continuing to make the claim. The latest comes in a new full-page MoveOn.org ad in Politico. The ad reads in part:

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1:20am

Wed May 2, 2012
Planet Money

How Colleges Fight For Top Students

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 1:56 pm

"My mom opened the letter and she called me and told me I got the Marquis Scholarship. And she's like, 'It's a humungous scholarship!'" -Michele Tallarita
Jacob Goldstein NPR

It's a gray April evening, and two men have driven from Easton, Pa., to Manhattan. The men are administrators at Lafayette College. They're wearing solid black suits with Lafayette pins on their lapels.

They're here to see 12 students — high school seniors who have been admitted to Lafayette and are trying to decide where to go to college.

The men have come to make the students "feel that Lafayette is in their future and make them think that they'll ruin their lives if they go elsewhere," says Greg MacDonald, Lafayette's dean of admissions.

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3:35pm

Sat April 28, 2012
Education

Help For The Economy? Not From Debt-Bound Grads

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 6:39 am

Gan Golan of Los Angeles, dressed as the "Master of Degrees," holds a ball and chain representing his college loan debt during Occupy D.C. activities in Washington. Average in-state tuition and fees at four-year public colleges rose an additional $631 this fall, or 8.3 percent, compared with a year ago.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

In a little more than 10 years, the total amount of student loan debt in this country has doubled to more than $1 trillion. In the not too-distant-future, student loan debt will eclipse the amount of money Americans owe on their cars and credit cards.

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5:12am

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Obama Slow Jammin' The News With Jimmy Fallon

President Obama took to the mic with Jimmy Fallon (at left) to slow jam the news about student loans.
LateNightWithJimmyFallon.com

President Obama took his push to keep the cost of student loans from rising to NBC-TV's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show early today, and in the latest of his crossovers into the music world was part of Jimmy's latest "slow jammin' the news" series.

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