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Student Loan Debt Is a National Problem That Needs a Solution

Student Loan Debt Is a National Problem That Needs a Solution

This month, the class of 2015 will start to receive their student loan repayment schedules now that the six-month grace period is over. This graduating class of undergraduates owes close to $70 billion in student debt, averaging out to around $35,000 a person, making the class of 2015 the most indebted class ever.

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Should Your Social Security Be Garnished to Repay Student Loan Debt? 375,000 Americans Say 'No'

Should Your Social Security Be Garnished to Repay Student Loan Debt? 375,000 Americans Say 'No'

Last week, Reps. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) joined with leaders from Student Debt Crisis, Social Security Works, Project Springboard, CREDO, the Campaign for America’s Future, the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the AFT and others to deliver 375,000 petition signatures to the U.S. Department of Education urging an end to the garnishment of Social Security benefits in order to repay student debt. The three members of Congress also delivered a congressional letter with a similar message.

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Join Liz Shuler Tomorrow to Discuss the Student Debt Crisis

Join Liz Shuler Tomorrow to Discuss the Student Debt Crisis

On Tuesday, April 28, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, the executive director of Student Debt Crisis, Natalia Abrams, and special guests will be answering your questions about student debt and talking about solutions to the growing student debt crisis. The discussion begins at 3 p.m. EDT, and you can watch it on YouTube.

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Debt Relief Scammers Preying on Student Loan Borrowers

Working families who’ve saved, sacrificed and borrowed to go to college or send a family member are struggling to meet the demands of their student loans. Now those folks who feel like they’re drowning in debt from getting an education and training that makes them more productive—and makes the United States more competitive—are being targeted by so-called debt relief companies.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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This Is an Emergency

Ohio AFL-CIO NextUp members show us their collective student loan debt.

Senate Republicans this month blocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) bill that would let students refinance their college loans. It’s not the first time. They also did it in June.

Don't they realize "student loan debt is an emergency?" writes AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler in her recent MomsRising column

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Give Responsible Student Loan Borrowers a Chance

Student loan borrowers are trying to do the responsible thing by paying off their loans but are being punished with high interest rates.

When you take out a mortgage or car loan, you can refinance the loan to get a better interest rate. With student loans, however, you’re stuck with the interest rate set by Congress, even though that rate is high enough to produce massive profit beyond the costs of operating the student loan program. And that's just not fair. 

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Missing the Point

Currently, the debate on American colleges and universities is dominated by the cost of tuition. This debate misses the point.

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New Law Will Increase Student Loan Interest Rates for Borrowers

New Law Will Increase Student Loan Interest Rates for Borrowers

Post-secondary students and their parents are in for a treat as they begin financial preparations for the coming school year.

Under the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, signed into law last summer, just as new federal student loan rates were set to double, student loan interest rates are now tied to financial markets, which means as the financial markets get stronger interest rates will get higher.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Monday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Monday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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