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College, Debt Free

What Free College Means Around The World

In a country where rising student debt grabs national headlines, efforts to make college “free” can also get attention. In truth, a large part of tuition costs are already subsidized in the U.S. through a combination of grants, tax breaks and loans. What causes waves is the ever-increasing sticker price, rather than what students actually pay.

January 13, 2017
John Oliver deconstructs those third-party "alternatives," Gary Johnson and Jill Stein

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Deconstructs Those Third-Party “Alternatives”

John Oliver looked closely at Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, and their signature proposals. His conclusion? “The lack of coverage they complain about so much may actually have benefited them!”

October 17, 2016
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders holds up his notes while speaking about his attempts to influence the Democratic party's platform during a speech in Albany, New York, U.S., June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

How Bernie Sanders Made A Meaningless Procedural Document Matter

The Democratic counterparts first met in mid-June to find common ground, in a reportedly tense meeting during which Clinton reportedly asked what it would take to land an endorsement from the Vermont Senator

July 11, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton shake hands before the start of the Univision News and Washington Post Democratic U.S. presidential candidates debate in Kendall

Clinton, Sanders Spar Over Immigration In U.S. Presidential Debate

One of the evening’s most dramatic moments came when a Guatemalan immigrant in the audience at Miami-Dade College asked a question in Spanish of both candidates, noting that her husband had been deported, leaving her and her five children behind.

March 9, 2016
People walk past Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in Princeton

Need To Slash Student Debt? Watch Out For Rip-Offs

Who would have thought you could run into a field of land mines just trying to slash a few bucks off your student loan payment each month?

February 10, 2016
American Millenials US Capitol

Millennials Are Really Worried About The Economy — And Their Future

A new and revealing report by the Democracy Corps revealed the opinions and concerns of a focus group of white men and black women going into this year’s election.

February 5, 2016
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It’s Time To Free Students From Debt

The nation’s fastest growing provider of higher education is unfortunately also the worst: private, for-profit schools.

August 19, 2015

Graduation Day And $300,000 In Debt

By Maura Lerner, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MINNEAPOLIS — Ashley Hall remembers clicking “yes” on the loan application and, inexplicably, laughing. Maybe it’s because the number seemed so surreal. Or because no one else in her family had done this before. But there she was, borrowing nearly $75,000. For her first year of veterinary school at […]

September 16, 2014

Obama Signs Order To Cap Student Loan Payments At 10 Percent Of Income

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order that lets millions of college graduates cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their income, a move he says will help “open the doors of opportunity for all.” By amending student loan regulations to put the […]

June 9, 2014

The New Pride of the Yankees

There still is, we learned this week, genuine hope for the human race. It was not to be found here in Washington, where noisy public squabbling over whether to take the United States into Chapter 11 or to raise the nation’s legal debt limit has continued to dominate. No, hope came to us in the […]

July 16, 2011