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The Project on Student Debt, October 2008
In this statement, Executive Director Robert Shireman responds to the College Board's 2008 Trends reports. He points out that college costs include much more than just tuition, and that our own report, Student Debt and the Class of 2007, can provide local perspective on student debt levels.
The Project on Student Debt, October 2008
In this statement Executive Director Robert Shireman responds to the Department of Education's final regulations for Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
The Project on Student Debt, October 2008
A new report, Student Debt and the Class of 2007, indicates that the average student loan debt for graduating seniors climbed by six percent in one year, while starting salaries rose by only three percent. Debt levels vary widely by state, with some Midwestern and New England states facing the...
Project on Student Debt, June 2008
Each July 1, interest rates and other key terms change for federal student loans. This year, interest rates decrease and borrowers in public service professions can take a major step toward student loan forgiveness. The following is a summary of what college students, their parents, and people...
Report Finds Current Law Prevents Efforts to Limit Merit Aid
The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2008
Over the past two decades, colleges and universities have increasingly engaged in financial aid “bidding wars” for students with high test scores or grades but little or no financial need. A new white paper suggests that colleges could free up significantly more funding for need-based financial aid...
African-American and Native American Students Are Most Affected
The Project on Student Debt, April 2008
Our issue brief finds finds that almost a quarter of all community colleges do not participate in the federal loan programs, thereby forcing needy students to resort to riskier, more expensive options such as private student loans and credit cards. It also finds significant gaps in loan access...
New data now available from EconomicDiversity.org
The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2008
Financial aid data for the 2005-06 academic year shows that the percentage of students applying for federal financial aid increased much faster at community colleges than at four-year institutions over the past five years. This release also announced the most recent update to the data on...
Project on Student Debt, February 2008
Statement of Robert Shireman, executive director of the Project on Student Debt, about the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act , and the call for an amendment in the bill that would allow private student loans to be dischargeable in bankruptcy.
Statement from Robert Shireman, National Student Aid Expert
Project on Student Debt, January 2008
Statement of Robert Shireman, executive director of the Project on Student Debt, about Yale University's announcement of a new financial aid policy, and the Project's new comparison and analysis of similar policies at a variety of institutions.
Project on Student Debt, December 2007
Statement of Robert Shireman, executive director of the Project on Student Debt, about Harvard University's announcement of a new policy to eliminate student loans from its financial aid packages for all students and make college costs more clear and manageable for middle-class families.

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