Higher Ed

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Speaks with University and Community College Students in Arizona about Student Loans

As Congress debates whether or not to hike interest rates on student loans, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis held a roundtable conversation at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus on higher education and workforce readiness with students attending universities and community colleges in the Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff areas.  

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Arizona PIRG and ASA Urge Members of Arizona's Congressional Delegation to Not Double the Student Loan Interest Rate

While Congress debates whether or not to hike interest rates on student loans, students, labor, business and other leaders have pointed to the need to provide affordable opportunities to attend college. The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) and the Arizona Students’ Association (ASA) are urging members of Arizona’s Congressional delegation to not double the student loan interest rate. The following fact sheets speak to the situation in Arizona and across the country.

 

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Broad Coalition Urges Congress to Prevent Doubling of Student Loan Interest Rates

Today, a broad coalition of student, education, faith, business, labor, consumer protection and school administrator groups and associations sent a letter to Republican and Democratic leaders urging action to prevent the doubling of interest rates on student loans. Without congressional action, on July 1, 2012 over 7 million students will see the interest rate on their student loan double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Proposed Interest Rate Hike Threatens College Affordability, Can Lead to 20% Increases in Cost of College Next Year

Students and families in Arizona are set to celebrate college graduations as the threat of doubled student loan interest rates looms. If Congress fails to act by July 1, 2012 the interest rate for Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans will double, rising to 6.8 percent. 7.4 million American students will see the interest rates on their student loans double, effectively raising the average cost of college by over $1,000 for millions of students and their families. Student loan debt has already overshadowed credit card debt. The U.S. PIRG, the Young Invincibles, the Center for American Progress and Campus Progress released a joint report on the looming threat of a major hike in the federal student loan interest rate.

 

The New Student Battle Cry: Don't Double My Rate!

By | Jason Donofrio
Campaign Organizer

The media and the country are just waking up to the alarming fact that unless Congress acts by July 1, the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Congress must not let that happen.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Students To Congress: Don’t Double Student Debt Rates

With the student loan interest rate about to double this July for almost 8 million loan borrowers, the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) and coalition partners delivered over 130,000 letters to Congress urging a different plan.

Media Hit | Higher Ed

Students urge Kyl to support federal aid

About 30 students from NAU, UA and ASU walked into U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl’s Phoenix office Wednesday to hand-deliver more than 2,000 statements urging support of federal financial aid programs.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Students, Advocates Call on Senators McCain and Kyl to Reject Cuts to Education, Pell Grants

With the U.S. Senate voting this afternoon on a proposal to stave off a federal government shutdown, representatives decried the Senate's attempt to cut vital investments to college aid and urged them to focus on other cuts.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Arizona PIRG Applauds President’s Commitment to Student Aid

While the President proposed a freeze on many funding areas for three years, Arizona PIRG is thrilled at his commitment to a greater investment in higher education.Time and again, America has seen the college educated strengthen the nation’s social and economic fabric.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Administration's Education Plan Would Put College Within Reach for More Arizona Students

Today, the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) released a new report documenting how President Obama’s budget proposal makes a significant reinvestment in the Pell Grant program by cutting excessive lender subsidies from the student loan programs and redirecting that money to student aid.

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