Higher Ed

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Student Groups Applaud Investment in Higher Education

Today, the U.S. Senate and House passed the final version of the economic recovery package with an enormous increase to the Pell grant program. The Pell grant serves almost 7 million low income students who face obstacles staying in college and out of the unemployment line due to the economic climate.

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Students Applaud College Access Bill Signing

Today, President Bush formally signed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 into law.  The bill, which passed in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House on September 7, 2007, is the largest federal investment in higher education since passage of the GI bill.  It boosts the federal loan and grant programs by $20 billion dollars.

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Senate Bill Seeks to Restrict Exchange of Ideas in Education

The Senate Government Committee heard testimony today on SB 1542, a bill that would impose penalties on faculty that discuss political and controversial subjects in higher education. Students representing the Arizona Students Association (ASA) and the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) from across the state came to the Capitol today in opposition to the bill, which they see as an effort to restrict what they are able to learn in college classrooms.

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Cutting Interest Rates, Lowering Student Debt

In 21st century America, a college education is critical for individual success and the strength of our nation. Higher education is associated with better health, greater wealth and more vibrant civic participation, as well national economic competitiveness in today’s global environment. As the need for a college degree has grown, however, so has the cost of obtaining that education. The result is rising student debt.

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New Report: Cutting Interest Rates in Half Would Save Working and Middle Class Arizona Students Thousands of Dollars in Debt

A Congressional proposal to cut student loan interest rates in half will save the average lower and middle income borrower $4,420 over the life of their loans, according to Cutting Interest Rates, Lowering Student Debt, a new report by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG).

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Paying Back, Not Giving Back

 

American colleges and universities play a pivotal role in training the nation’s citizens, leaders, innovators, public servants and educators. In today’s economy, a college education is more desirable than ever before – millions of high school students strive for its promise and the benefits it brings for both the individual and society.  In the past decade, government support for higher education has declined; as a result, tuition and fees have increased. Grants have failed to keep pace. As costs continue to swell, students are taking on more and more debt to pay for their degrees. Two-thirds of all four-year college graduates in 2004 left school with student debt, compared with less than one-third in 1993.

 

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New Report Reveals High Numbers of Teachers, Social Workers in Arizona with Unmanageable Student Loan Debt

More than 29 percent of all four-year public college graduates have too much debt to manage as a starting teacher in Arizona according to a new report released today by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG).

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U.S. House Votes for Largest Cut Ever to Student Loans

Today, by a 216 to 214 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut $12 billion from the student loan programs as a part of the budget reconciliation bill, the largest cut to these programs in their history.

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ARIZONA PIRG CALLS ON CONGRESS TO STOP THE RAID ON STUDENT AID

Today, the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) joined thousands of college students across the country calling on Congress to stop the biggest student loan cuts in history when the U.S. House of Representatives takes up the issue in early February.

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