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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.

Highlights from Fall Semester


Thanks for being part of INPIRG and helping make 2011 such a success.

Check out some of our highlights from the year.

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News Release | Higher Ed

President Signs Bill Preventing Student Loan Interest Rates from Doubling

Students can breathe a sigh of relief today. At least for the next year, student strapped with debt will get a temporary reprieve from doubling interest rates on their loans borrowed next year.

Victory for Students.

By | INPIRG Students

We did it.

Over 7 million students will save an average of $1,000 in loan repayments, helping us become the next generation of teachers, doctors, and innovators.

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Media Hit | Higher Ed

Students Lose When Financial Aid Goes Onto Fee-Laden Debit Cards

Thought the student loan crisis was bad as it is? Now add hefty fees into that mix. Providers say students can avoid the fees that pile up when they elect to receive their financial aid on a debit card, but new research from a consumer advocacy group finds that these companies throw up roadblocks to keep the fee revenue rolling in, even as colleges make big bucks off their affiliations with these institutions.

Media Hit | Higher Ed

Campus debit cards can carry downsides

Consumer advocates have long criticized the amount of fees associated with debit cards. Most recently, a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found that hundreds of colleges have partnerships with financial companies to put a student’s financial aid on debit or prepaid cards that carry hefty fees. Under some of these deals, official student photo ID cards can double as debit cards.


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