As college costs continue to climb, families are turning to federal Parent Plus loans to fill the gap. But with no checks on their ability to repay, many parents are left overburdened, and others set up for failure. More »
The Department of Education has a model financial aid award letter. It's very different from what schools are actually sending. More »
The father, a gardener who earns $21,000, co-signed for his son's loans. Now, he can’t even find out who holds them. More »
Despite the changes to its student loan program to help borrowers who've become disabled, the government declined to include a key reform. More »
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New Department of Education data shows rising default rates on federal loans to parents.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced increased oversight of the companies that act as go-between for student borrowers and lenders.
Low-income students are being priced out of even public universities — due in part to how schools are using their financial aid. Join higher ed experts Thursday on Reddit to share your thoughts on how to keep college accessible.
Chasing prestige and battered by state funding cuts, many public colleges and universities with a historic responsibility to provide access to an affordable education have turned to "financial aid leveraging," offering wealthy or high-scoring students discounts on tuition.
As college debt soars, we're turning our attention to the business of higher education. We've created a Facebook group for students, graduates, families and industry professionals to connect.
Student debt is putting a strain on students — and their parents. Meanwhile, federal programs to make student loans more affordable won't bring relief to all.
A California gardener lost his son but was saddled with a crushing debt — and it was difficult even to learn who owned that debt. Four years later, he's finally reached a legal resolution.
After our investigation and public pressure, the department has conducted a sweeping overhaul of its troubled disability review program.
The companies handling private student loans — much like those handling mortgages — sometimes add to the frustration and even the debt load of struggling borrowers.
As we continue reporting on college debt, perspectives from a range of industry professionals are key. If you've worked in admissions/financial aid, consulted with schools on these issues, or work for a lender or servicer, we want to hear from you.
The Department of Education has a model financial aid award letter. It's very different from what schools are actually sending.
As college costs continue to climb, families are turning to federal Parent Plus loans to fill the gap. But with no checks on their ability to repay, many parents are left overburdened, and others set up for failure.
In the run-up to the financial crisis, banks and other lenders made risky private student loans. In the years since, default rates have soared and borrowers are still suffering.
Despite the changes to its student loan program to help borrowers who've become disabled, the government declined to include a key reform.
The father, a gardener who earns $21,000, co-signed for his son's loans. Now, he can’t even find out who holds them.
For the past year, ProPublica has been working to untangle the issue of college debt. Please help our reporting by sharing your experiences.
A little-known legal provision forces the federal government to award contracts to qualifying nonprofit student loan servicers, putting them in charge of managing millions of loans. The shuffle has thus far caused problems for some borrowers.
President Obama has touted efforts to ease the burdens of student borrowers with federal loans, but some federally contracted collection agencies neglect to lay out borrowers’ best options.
The Education Department had promised to fundamentally overhaul its broken system for forgiving the loans of former students who've become disabled. Now the department says it can't and won't do it, leaving many disabled applicants stuck in debt.
After a ProPublica investigation, the Education Department has promised to overhaul its broken system for forgiving the federal student loans of disabled borrowers.
The Education Department has resisted a basic reform to its troubled disability review that its own ombudsman has recommended since 2008 -- shut the program down entirely and rely on Social Security to decide who is eligible.
Borrowers who become severely disabled are entitled to get federal student loans forgiven. But the program for deciding whether they qualify is opaque, dysfunctional, and according to government reports, redundant.
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