NASFAA in the News: 2013 Archive

  • Summit County’s Congressman Jared Polis Pushes Budget, Flood, Student Debt Initiatives In House
    November 22, 2013 - "U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, was busy this week championing efforts for a balanced budget, flood relief for Colorado’s energy sector and a commonsense solution to the rising student loan debt crisis," according to Summit Daily. "The crusa...
  • Polis Introduces Legislation To Address Crisis Of Rising Student Loan Debt
    November 21, 2013 - "Rep. Jared Polis , D- Colo. (2nd CD), issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), along with Representatives Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) and Tim Bishop (D-NY), introduced legislation to tackle the rising student loan debt c...
  • The PLUS Loan Problem
    August 19, 2013 - "This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced changes to the PLUS loan underwriting standards that may help previously denied PLUS loan applicants obtain loans," NASFAA President Justin Draeger writes in an opinion piece for Inside Higher Ed...
  • Student Loan Rates Double Without Congress' Action
    July 2, 2013 - "College students' interest rates are at the mercy of Congress. The interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent Monday and could stay doubled unless Congress fulfills its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns from the...
  • Georgia: Local Students Brace For Loan Rate Increases
    July 2, 2013 - "College students looking to get government loans to help pay for their education may want to think twice before signing on the dotted line after the large interest-rate hike took effect Monday, effectively doubling the rates on student loans nationw...
  • College Loan Rates Double As Frustration With Congress Grows
    July 1, 2013 - "As student loan interest rates doubled Monday, Republicans and Democrats in Washington criticized each other for failing to come to a last-minute agreement and stave off the increase," the Washington Times reports. “'We’re disappointed t...
  • Some Proposals to Remake Student Aid Would Harm College Access, Panel Warns
    July 1, 2013 - "In a report released late Sunday night, the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance urges lawmakers to give 'special scrutiny' to five ideas that it says could 'worsen inequality in college completion,'" The Chronicle of Higher Educa...
  • Congress Gets An ‘F’ On Student Loan Crisis
    June 28, 2013 - "While you were refreshing SCOTUSBlog or celebrating the death of DOMA, Congress has been trying and failing to prevent interest rates on federal Stafford loans—the most popular form of college funding—from increasing from 3.4 percent to ...
  • Higher Student-Loan Interest Rates Could Have Political Costs
    June 28, 2013 - "Senate Democrats... find themselves on the defensive, forced to explain their inaction on an issue that just last year helped the party win the student vote," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. "Justin Draeger, president of the Nat...
  • Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Will Affect Student Aid For Such Couples
    June 28, 2013 - "The Supreme Court's decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 will result in the fairer treatment of married gay students, financial-aid experts say, giving the government a truer picture of the students' ability to pay for ...
  • Even With Student-Loan Compromise, Rates Will Likely Increase
    June 27, 2013 - "A small bipartisan group of senators is close to reaching a compromise to avert the impending increase on student-loan interest rates, but it’s far from a done deal," The National Journal reports. NASFAA President Justin Draeger is q...
  • Deadline Nears For Higher Student Loan Rates
    June 25, 2013 - "It's crunch time for students who rely on subsidized government loans -- interest rates on them double to 6.8% on July 1," CNN Money report. "'We're advising our schools to tell students that their subsidized Stafford interest rates are going to be ...
  • So How Much Will It Cost To Send Your Child To College This Year?
    May 8, 2013 - "Across the country many parents are experiencing a variety of emotions," the Huffington Post reports. NASFAA is mentioned in the article.
  • Sequestration Budget Cuts: Which WI Counties Have the Most Federal Employees?
    February 28, 2013 - "Unless Congress reaches a last-minute agreement on the sequester by Friday, the huge budget cuts slated to kick in have the potential to affect more than 6,200 federal employees working in Milwaukee County," Patch.com reports. "Barrin...
  • The Sequester: Shenanigans or Serious Business?
    February 28, 2013 - "If the federal government imposes the $85 billion "sequester" cuts, which could go into effect Friday night, the changes may not be immediately apparent for many metro Atlanta residents," Patch.com reports. "Many of the departments and age...
  • University Business: Support for Proposed Legislation from Financial Aid Administrators
    February 22, 2013 - Rep. Tom Petri’s proposed overhaul of federal student loans encompasses a number of concepts and concerns that have gained growing attention recently as political rhetoric surrounding student loan reform heats up. Critics of the existing loan p...
  • Should All Students Be Able to Borrow? Maybe Not, Says One Group
    February 13, 2013 - "When the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation asked 16 organizations to 'reimagine' the financial-aid system, one grant recipient saw an opportunity," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. The article discusses NASFAA's RADD report.
  • How to Use Obama's College Scorecard
    February 13, 2013 - "President Obama wasted no time fulfilling one of the promises made in last night's State of the Union address, releasing the administration's new College Scorecard earlier today," U.S. News reports.
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