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Julie Ryder Lammers

Our Wish List of Legislative Priorities for Higher Education Consumers

Posted on: January 5, 2017

This month’s changing of the guard in Washington, DC sets the stage for lawmakers to tackle a number of higher education financing issues, whether through the stalled reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, standalone bills or the reversal of regulations enacted during President Obama’s time in office. While it’s difficult to predict what a Trump administration will mean for higher education, here’s our Consumer Advocacy Center’s wish list of executive and legislative priorities in the best interest of the higher education consumer:

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Allesandra Lanza

Come Together, Right Now …. Over Student Debt

Posted on: November 17, 2016

John Zurick

Hispanics’ American Dream Starts with Higher Education

Posted on: October 18, 2016

HACU President Antonio Flores Presents ASA President John Zurick with Outstanding Private Sector Partner Award

It was recently my honor to accept, on behalf of American Student Assistance, the Outstanding Private Sector Partner award from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities at their annual conference in San Antonio. The conference was an outstanding event and it reminded me of just how critical it is for our entire nation that Hispanics access and succeed in higher education and beyond.

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Kevin Fudge

Addressing Inequities in Student Debt

Posted on: September 6, 2016

As my colleague recently wrote in U.S. News and World Report, there’s been growing disturbing evidence in recent years that student debt disproportionately harms non-white borrowers. Numerous studies have documented that African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities borrow more often for postsecondary education, at higher amounts, and struggle more to repay the debt.

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John Zurick

It Takes a Village to Solve Our Nation’s Student Debt Challenge

Posted on: July 11, 2016

According to the recent Consumer Reports special survey “The Student Debt Crisis: Lives on Hold,” a shockingly high 45 percent of student loan borrowers (19 million borrowers) say college was not worth the cost. For some, this is more evidence that the “college for all” movement has done more harm than good over the years, by putting students down a path of higher education that can haunt them financially for the rest of their lives.

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