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Julie Ryder Lammers

Retirement Delayed: How Student Debt Impacts Older Americans – and Why It’s Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Posted on: March 21, 2017

When we talk about the student debt crisis in the U.S. today, images of newly minted college graduates in their 20s or early 30s usually come to mind. There’s no denying that Millennials are coping with the largest student loan burden in our nation’s history (until of course Gen Z finishes college) and they’re stressed about it. A recent survey we conducted of young workers showed that 56% worry about repaying their loan either all the time or often, while 40% report that worrying about their student loans has impacted their health. Additionally, more than half of young workers report that right now, paying off student loans comes first, and they will put off saving for retirement until later.

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Julie Ryder Lammers

Higher Education Policy Update

Posted on: March 1, 2017

We are just a month into a new presidential administration and the 115th Congress, but there is a lot on the horizon that might be of interest to the higher education community. 

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Allesandra Lanza

Innovations in Higher Education Financing: LRAPs

Posted on: February 22, 2017

Welcome to our new series, “Innovations in Higher Education Financing,” which will examine new and inventive ways to ensure that higher education in the United States remains financially in reach for every academically qualified student. 

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Allesandra Lanza

Free College? States, You’re Our Only Hope

Posted on: February 1, 2017

Just when we all thought the free college movement was dead in the water, it’s back – and potentially in a big way. 

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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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