Higher Ed

News Release | Student PIRGs | Higher Ed

Keep Pell Funding for Pell Grants

A statement from Student PIRGs Higher Education Advocate, Ethan Senack, following the Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill markup and passage in the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier today.

Media Hit | Higher Ed

Why McGraw-Hill Is Offering $100 for Your #usedtextbookproblems

McGraw-Hill launched transparent attempt to put down and undermine the used textbook market, and we can't let it go unanswered.

Slideshow | Higher Ed

Save Student Aid

Students organizing against financial aid budget cuts

Media Hit | Higher Ed, Textbooks

Putting a Dent in College Costs With Open-Source Textbooks

College students could save an average of $128 a course if traditional textbooks were replaced with free or low-cost “open-source” electronic versions, a new report finds.

News Release | Student PIRGs | Higher Ed, Textbooks

REPORT: Open Textbooks: The Billion-Dollar Solution

A report released today by the Student PIRGs shows that an alternative textbook model called open textbooks could save undergraduate students more than a billion dollar a year.

News Release | INPIRG | Higher Ed

Students Endorse New Senate Plan for Affordable Textbooks

Today’s bill harnesses the power of technology and innovation to bring college within reach for more and more students. The act creates a competitive grant program for colleges and universities to develop, review, and adopt open source textbooks, placing the highest priority on pilot programs that generate significant cost savings for students.

News Release | Higher Ed, Student Debt


Today, college students spoke out to urge Senators to reject the pending student loan deal, which may come up for a vote in the Senate as early as this afternoon.   

Issue Brief: Student Loan Debt in Indiana

If Congress fails to act, on July 1 the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans will double, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. A 2007 college affordability plan lowered the rate, but expired in 2012. Last year, President Obama and Congress extended the low rate for one year. In Indiana, 271,089 federal student loan borrowers will be impacted.

News Release | Higher Ed, Student Debt

Interest Rates for 271,089 Student Loan Borrowers in Indiana Set to Double on July 1

Indianapolis, IN – Unless Congress acts, on July 1, the interest rate for 271,089 student loan borrowers in Indiana will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. According to an issue brief released today by Indiana PIRG, the rate increase translates into $932 more debt per student, per loan.


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