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News Release | Higher Ed

New Bill Could Save Students Millions In Textbook Costs

Statement from Kaitlyn Vitez, Higher Education Advocate, on action by U.S. Senators to address the rising costs of textbooks, proposing a new bill to create a grant program to promote free textbooks at colleges across the country.

Resource | Higher Ed

Coalition Letter To Congress Defending Gainful Employment, Student Loan, Other Protections

Today,50 organizations that advocate for students, veterans, consumers, civil rights, and more to send a letterto Congress conveying strong support for the continued implementation and enforcement of important Education Department accountability provisions designed to protect students and taxpayers from unmanageable student debt and waste, fraud, and abuse in higher education. The signers include many organizations that oppose any effort to delay, roll back, or repeal the Department of Education's gainful employment rule, 'borrower defense' and college accountability rules, or the ban on incentive compensation for encouraging enrollment in for-profit schools.

Consumer, Student Education Groups Defend CFPB To Congress

By | Chris Lindstrom
Higher Education Program Director

Nearly 60 student, consumer, and education groups signed on to this letter that was sent up to the Hill on Monday, February 13.  It calls for the CFPB to remain a strong, independent agency, so it can protect student loan borrowers (and taxpayers) from predatory lending tactics.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Higher Ed

Student Group Releases New Report on Textbook Prices

Earlier today, U.S. PIRG released a new report investigating the real impact of high textbook prices on today’s students. The report, titled “Covering the Cost,” is based on a survey of nearly 5,000 students from 132 institutions.

Report | U.S. PIRG | Higher Ed

Covering the Cost

A report explaining why decision-makers can no longer afford to ignore high textbook prices.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection, Higher Ed

U.S. PIRG lauds consumer guide for safe bank accounts on campus

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group applauds the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) release of a Safe Student Account Toolkit for campus administrators, released after a several-year investigation into the unavoidable and unusual fees that students can be charged through campus bank accounts, particularly through the financial aid disbursement.

Result | Higher Ed

Protecting students from unfair bank fees

We helped win protections for students from unfair fees associated with campus bank accounts. The new rules, released by the U.S. Department of Education, ban some of the worst and most predatory fees that students encounter from banks.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection, Higher Ed

U.S. PIRG Echoes CFPB Call for Improved Student Loan Servicing

Earlier today, The CFPB released a report reviewing the state of student loan servicing, identifying the industry’s pervasive failures.

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