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  • Student loan debt has now surpassed $1 trillion.
  • Refinancing student loans would save borrowers roughly $14 billion in 2013 alone.
  • Refinancing student loans would boost the U.S. economy by $21 billion in 2013 alone.
  • On July 1, 2013 the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans doubled from 3.4% to 6.8%.
  • On July 31, 2013, Congress passed the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, which ties rates to the 10 year treasury note with an all time cap at 8.25% for undergraduates.
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IN THE NEWS

July 25, 2013
Obama backs student loan bill
USA Today


July 24, 2013
Statement: Generation Progress Director Anne Johnson and President of Rock the Vote, Heather Smith, on Passage of Bipartisan Student Loan Deal by Senate
Rock the Vote


July 17, 2013
Senators reach deal on student loan interest rates
USA Today


July 14, 2013
A Revolutionary Solution to Student Debt
The Huffington Post


July 3, 2013
Student Loan Interest Rate Hikes Has First Coast College Officials On Edge
The Florida Times-Union


July 2, 2013
Interest rates on new college student loans double, but Congress could restore low rates later
The Washington Post


July 2, 2013
Some student loan interest rates double, Congress may intervene
LA Times


July 1, 2013
We must hate our children
Salon


July 1, 2013
What New Student Loan Rates Mean For You?
CNBC


July 1, 2013
Student Loan Rates Double After Congress Fails on Fix
Fox News


July 1, 2013
What older Americans can do about big student loans
Reuters


July 1, 2013
Student loan debt stymies millennials
Herald Times Reporter


July 1, 2013
Millennials' Ball and Chain: Student Loan Debt
USA Today


June 30, 2013
As student loan interest rates double, strategize to keep education debt to a minimum
Daily News


June 30, 2013
Student debt flunking many first-time home buyers
Boston Herald


June 29, 2013
Have student loans? What the rate hike means for you
Global Post


June 28, 2013
Student Debt Stalemate Will Hammer Millions of Undergrads
CNBC


June 27, 2013
The Student Loan Crisis: Rate Hike Looms on July 1
Daily Finance


June 27, 2013
A Proposed Fix for High Student Loan Interest Rates
Bloomberg


June 27, 2013
Senate Student Loan Proposals Fail To Advance As Rate Surge Looms
The Huffington Post


June 26, 2013
Student Loan Deal Unlikely as Deadline Looms
ABC News


June 26, 2013
Who Frets Most About Student Debt
The New York Times


June 26, 2013
Deadline Near With No Deal on Loan Rates for Students
The New York Times


June 26, 2013
Student Debt Repayment Causes Concern Among Many Borrowers
The Huffington Post


June 26, 2013
Bipartisan proposal to keep student loan rates low faces uncertain prospects as Reid objects
The Washington Post


June 25, 2013
Sherrod Brown To Unveil Student Loan Refinancing Bill
The Huffington Post


June 25, 2013
Regulators Seek Flexibility from Private Student Loan Lenders
Reuters


June 25, 2013
Student Debt Relief Companies Profit from Borrower Confusion, Report Says
US News


June 24, 2013
Student Loan Refinance Market Should Get Government Boost, Top Regulator Suggests
The Huffington Post


June 24, 2013
Obama Administration Revisits For-Profit College Student Debt Regulations
The Huffington Post


June 23, 2013
What Happens to Student Loans When You Die?
ABC News


June 20, 2013
Student Debt Relief Companies Charging Borrowers Extra Fees For Free Programs: Report
Huffington Post


June 20, 2013
Student Debt Puts Young Entrepreneurs on Hold
Bloomberg


June 19, 2013
Student Debt Relief Industry Profits From Desperation
Bloomberg


June 19, 2013
Taxpayers pay millions for fed workers' student loans
USA Today


June 19, 2013
Student Debt: Congress Petitioned By College Leaders For 'Long-Term' Solution
Huffington Post


June 18, 2013
NH's Kuster to discuss student loan rate hike
The San Francisco Chronicle


June 18, 2013
Student loan debt nearly doubles in last five years, report says
The LA Times


June 18, 2013
Student Loan Rates Should Not Increase, Americans Say In Poll
The Huffington Post


June 17, 2013
Connecticut students rally against doubling interest rates on student loans
The New Haven Register


June 17, 2013
Hagan: ‘Our students can’t afford any more debt'
Winston-Salem Journal


June 17, 2013
NYU's 'Toxic' Expansion Prioritizes Marketing Over Debt-Saddled Students, Professors Say
The Huffington Post


June 16, 2013
Government projects to make $50B in student loan profit
USA Today


June 13, 2013
House Dems Move to Force Vote on Student Loan Interest Rate Relief
Committee on Education & The Workforce


June 13, 2013
Everything you need to know about the student loan rate hike
The Washington Post


June 11, 2013
Warren, Tierney rally for lower student loan rates
News @ Northeastern


June 11, 2013
Warren, Tierney urge students to fight rate hike
The Boston Globe


June 10, 2013
Reed: Student loan fix unlikely before rates double
Providence Journal


June 6, 2013
U.S. Senate blocks bills to stop student loan rates doubling
Reuters


June 6, 2013
3 People Dish: Surviving With Massive Student Loan Debt
Forbes


June 6, 2013
Senate defeats bills to keep student loan rates low
USA Today


June 6, 2013
$1 Trillion Debt Crushes Business Dreams of U.S. Students
Bloomberg


June 6, 2013
A trillion dollar anvil dragging us down
CNN


June 3, 2013
Your Guide to the Battle That's Raging Over Student Loans in America
Business Insider


June 3, 2013
Student debt hits record high; interest rates could double
The Washington Post


May 31, 2013
For promoters and foes, immigration bill's larger impact may be felt at the polls
NBC Politics


May 31, 2013
Fact Sheet: President Obama Fights to Keep Interest Rates from Doubling
The White House


May 31, 2013
Sallie Mae Split Marks Bet on Much-Abused Private Student Loans
Bloomberg


May 31, 2013
Obama pushes Congress on student loans
Washington Post


May 31, 2013
Obama Slams G.O.P Student Loan Proposal as "Not Smart," Urges Congress to Act
ABC News


May 31, 2013
Obama Presses Congress On Student Loan Rates
NPR


May 23, 2013
House to Vote on Bill Linking Student Loan Rates to Financial Markets
Fox News


May 21, 2013
Class of 2013 Student Debt Reaches New Heights
The Huffington Post


May 20, 2013
Student Loan Refinancing Bill to be Unveiled This Week
Campus Progress


May 17, 2013
House Advances Student Loan Fix
The Boston Globe


May 17, 2013
Where Student Loans Are Most Delinquent
CNN Money


May 16, 2013
House to Take Up Student Loan Fix
Yahoo! News


May 14, 2013
Obama Student Loan Policy Reaping $51 Billion Profit
The Huffington Post


May 13, 2013
In Time for Graduation Season, a Look at Student Debt
Pew Research Center


May 13, 2013
Rubio Disputes Report on Immigration Bill Costs
Pew Research Center


May 12, 2013
Student Loan Debt: How Much is Too Much?
ABC News


May 12, 2013
Student Debt and the Crushing of the American Dream
The New York Times


May 10, 2013
Elizabeth Warren: Students Should Get the Same Rate as Bankers
Time


May 10, 2013
Student Debt Slows Growth as Young Spend Less
The New York Times


May 10, 2013
Cutting Down Student Debt
The Wall Street Journal


May 9, 2013
Bills Would Prevent Rise in Student Loan Rates
The New York Times


May 9, 2013
Obama’s Student Loan Idea Wins Support From Republicans
The Huffington Post


May 8, 2013
Refinancing Student Loans Would Help Low-Income Borrowers
Campus Progress


May 8, 2013
Consumer Watchdog Releases Report on Student Debt Crisis, How to Solve It
Campus Progress


May 7, 2013
Growing Student Debt Crisis Deserves More Attention
Valley Star


May 1, 2013
How Student Debt Affects Women, Minorities
US News


April 10, 2013
When Home is a Campus Parking Lot
The New York Times


April 6, 2013
Loan Education Becomes Prerequisite as Student Debt Balloons
NPR


March 29, 2013
Student Loan Debt By Age Group
Federal Reserve Bank of New York


March 29, 2013
Student Loan Interest Doubles in July Due to Congressional Inaction
The Christian Science Monitor



FROM THE ROCK THE VOTE BLOG

Issue Analysis: College Affordability and the Growing Cost of Education
The problem of college affordability is not a new preoccupation in America. In fact, scholars have been tracing this growing issue since the late 1990s. Today the major components of the problem remain the same, concerns about: the growing cost of education, student indebtedness and the financialization of higher education. The Growing Cost of Education: [...]
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This week we started a dialogue about college affordability. Today the president kicked off a bus tour launching his” A Better Bargain for the Middle Class” campaign and as I watched the president unveil his plan to Make College More Affordable”, I thought to myself what does this mean? what will this reform really look like? As many [...]
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