Stories tagged: student loans
FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 9:56 A.M.
Trump administration rolls back protections for people in default on student loans
Days after a report on federal student loans revealed a double-digit rise in defaults, President Trump’s administration revoked federal guidance Thursday that barred student debt collectors from charging high fees …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017, 7 P.M.
Student loan defaults rising, study finds
A new analysis of government data by the Consumer Federation of America found that the number of Americans in default on their student loans jumped by nearly 17 percent last …
MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017, 12:48 P.M.
Trump may give students debt relief that Obama refused
Under a preliminary accord, the federal government would invite tens of thousands of former students, who more than 20 years ago attended beauty and secretarial schools owned by defunct Wilfred …
FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017, 10:50 A.M.
Forgive loans for rural teachers?
BOISE – A bill intended to help rural school districts attract and retain quality teachers was introduced in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.
SUNDAY, NOV. 13, 2016
Gary Crooks: About that election: I got nothing
Think this will be my motto: I’m with the media, so how the hell should I know?
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2016, 1:10 P.M.
ITT Tech students refuse to repay loans in protest over government policy
Former students at ITT Technical Institutes are refusing to repay their federal student loans in a protest designed to pressure the government into canceling the debt of everyone who alleges …
THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016, 6:08 P.M.
Want to own a home? Say no to student loans
Many Americans have traded a white picket fence for an education. A study released this month by the National Association of Realtors found 71 percent of non-homeowners with students loans …
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016, 4:23 P.M.
Government: Student loan defaults won’t result in jail time
It won’t help your credit history, but defaulting on student loans will not earn you a one-way ticket to jail. That word comes from the Education Department in a blog …
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016, 3:51 P.M.
Student loan debt adjustors in Washington to refund illegal fees
The state Attorney General’s Office says several student loan debt adjustors in Washington that overcharged hundreds of students and collected illegal fees will refund the money.
SUNDAY, JAN. 17, 2016
More employers try to help workers pay student loans
NEW YORK (AP) – Employers are discovering that making it easier for workers to pay off their student loans helps to attract and keep a happy workforce. More and more …
FRIDAY, OCT. 9, 2015, 8:20 A.M.
How surging US student debt is affecting borrowers’ lives
America’s $1.2 trillion in student debt is having consequences in far-reaching ways.
TUESDAY, AUG. 11, 2015
Incentives, loan programs part of Clinton’s college affordability plan
WASHINGTON – Calling for a “new college compact,” Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday unveiled a $350 billion plan aimed at making college more affordable and reducing the crushing burden of …
SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2015
Editorial: Eliminate purveyors of student debt relief
With graduation, millions of American students are beginning to awaken to the burden of student loans that have climbed to a total $1.3 trillion. Staggering. Luckily for them, there are …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015
Washington attorney general sues student loan processor
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing a California company for charging Washington customers “exorbitant and illegal” fees to adjust their student loan debt. Ferguson filed a lawsuit Monday …
SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013
College graduates can ease strain of loan debt
Finding a job in a slow-growing economy is daunting enough without new financial obligations. Yet that’s the challenge many university students graduating over the next few weeks will soon face.
SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2013
Rising cost of college puts more debt on students
WASHINGTON – Making college more affordable to more people continues to be elusive, and the recent recession hasn’t made it any easier. States have cut their support for public colleges …
FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2012
WSU wrestles with aid backlog
Washington State University officials are still working to clean up a financial aid mess partially caused by the implementation of new, multimillion-dollar software. The problem surfaced the first day of …
SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012
Private student loans 101: How the terms differ
For college-bound students, the easy money seems to be everywhere. The website for Discover’s student loans says it can help: “Cover up to 100 percent of your college tuition, housing, …
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012
Student loans 101: The interest rate uproar
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree: It would be a mistake to let interest rates on student loans double in July. Especially if they’re going to be blamed …
SUNDAY, NOV. 6, 2011
Loan program offers help for struggling grads
NEW YORK — There’s a legitimate way to shrink those student loan payments. In coming weeks, the most recent crop of graduates will start receiving their monthly bills as the …
SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011
Take early control of your student-loan debt
NEW YORK – School isn’t over yet for recent college graduates. Their next test is figuring out how to repay student loans. It’s easy to become complacent about student loans …
SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2011
Higher ed, lower affordability
Nineteen months ago, Washington’s higher education officials did what higher education officials do. They looked at a problem and wrote a report.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011
Wells Fargo rolls out fixed-rate student loans
NEW YORK — Wells Fargo is hoping to make its student loans more attractive to families. The San Francisco-based bank says it is now offering fixed-rate student loans, which is …
SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2010
New lawmaker knows of student debt
BOISE – Idaho’s newest congressman-elect is a 42-year-old attorney and former state lawmaker, but he’s also still paying off thousands in student loans. “It’s how I got through law school,” …
SATURDAY, NOV. 27, 2010, 6:40 P.M.
Labrador still staddled with student debt
BOISE – Idaho’s newest congressman-elect is a 42-year-old attorney and former state lawmaker, but he’s also still paying off thousands in student loans.
SUNDAY, AUG. 22, 2010
For-profit colleges can leave grads mired in a mess
NEW YORK – One sign a degree from a for-profit school may not be worth pursuing? You won’t be able to repay your student loans after graduating. New data from …
FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010
Editorial: Student loan ‘takeover’ should help college access
Before examining whether federal changes in student loans are a good idea, let’s survey the higher education landscape. Universities are raising tuition at a rapid rate, which threatens to put …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010
Obama signs revamped student loan law
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama signed into law the last piece of his mammoth plan to overhaul health care Tuesday and, with the same pen strokes, achieved a dramatic and …
THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2009
Some options for delaying student loans
NEW YORK – You have a $120,000 college degree and no job. That won’t stop your student loan bills from arriving. The six-month grace period on student loans for the …
SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2009
Obama budget seeks control of federal student loans
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has proposed a sweeping change in the $85 billion-a-year student loan industry, one that could fundamentally alter the business of lenders such as Sallie Mae. …