Student Debt

Bugs, Loopholes, Haste, And The GOP Tax Bill (Video)

Bugs, Loopholes, Haste, And The GOP Tax Bill (Video)

Amid the glaring problems with the Republicans’ rewrite of our tax code, there is another issue that should concern us–time. Is there enough of it to allow America to adjust to the changes since several provisions in the bill one step away from President Donald Trump’s desk are slated to take effect January 1–weeks away? According […]

What It Means Now That The GOP Tax Plan Has Passed The Senate (Video)

What It Means Now That The GOP Tax Plan Has Passed The Senate (Video)

Well, it happened. Early Saturday morning, Senate Republicans narrowly passed the most sweeping tax reform bill in three decades. President Donald Trump is now steps away from his first legislative victory. In the 51-49 vote requiring frenetic last-minute revision, Republicans chose to hand the richest Americans and corporations, already sitting on mountains of wealth, another massive tax […]

States Sue Betsy DeVos’ Education Department Over Delaying Student Loan Protections (VIDEO)

States Sue Betsy DeVos’ Education Department Over Delaying Student Loan Protections (VIDEO)

After a few months of relative quiet, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos finds herself once again in the headlines for her conflicts of interest with for-profit colleges. The Obama Administration set in place policies requiring the U.S. Education Department to investigate loan servicing companies’ past conduct before the government awarded lucrative contracts. Those contracts were required to include certain consumer […]

Trump Is About To Increase The Cost Of Student Loans For College (VIDEO)

Trump Is About To Increase The Cost Of Student Loans For College (VIDEO)

This fall, college students are going to be slapped with even more debt when borrowing for college. President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating subsidized federal student loans, which will significantly raise interest rates for student loans. The new rates will be: 4.45 percent for Stafford student loans; up from 3.76 percent 6 percent for Stafford […]

Betsy DeVos’ Conflicts Of Interest – She May Profit From The Student Loan Crisis (VIDEO)

Betsy DeVos’ Conflicts Of Interest – She May Profit From The Student Loan Crisis (VIDEO)

Due to her vested interests in financial institutions profiting from student loan debt, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may be complicit when the next financial meltdown occurs. The Obama administration put in place policies requiring the US Education Department to investigate loan servicing companies’ past conduct before the government awarded lucrative contracts. Those contracts were required to include certain consumer protections, such […]

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Is Creating A Financial Crisis For Students (VIDEO)

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Is Creating A Financial Crisis For Students (VIDEO)

Student debt is economically crippling a generation of Americans seeking higher education. So what is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos doing about it? About what we would expect any other member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet to do: run right into the arms of exploitative loan providers and eschew policies the prior administration enacted to prevent predatory […]

Democrats Rally Behind Bernie Sanders With A College-For-All Plan (VIDEO)

Democrats Rally Behind Bernie Sanders With A College-For-All Plan (VIDEO)

In fewer than 100 days in office, President Donald Trump has managed to get himself a personal FBI investigation, a tepid-at-best relationship with allies Germany and Australia, not one but two federal court blockages of his Muslim travel ban, members of Congress questioning his sanity, and the epic fail of the attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. […]

Thought Your Student Loan Would Be Forgiven? Maybe Not, And Now You Owe Lots More In Penalties And Late Fees

Thought Your Student Loan Would Be Forgiven? Maybe Not, And Now You Owe Lots More In Penalties And Late Fees

In 2007, The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program was enacted. This program promises to forgive the student loans of those who work in a variety of public service jobs. “The program generally covers people with federal student loans who work for 10 years at a government or non-profit organization, a diverse group that includes public school […]

Wait, What? Is Bernie Sanders Running The Federal Reserve Now? (VIDEO)

Wait, What? Is Bernie Sanders Running The Federal Reserve Now? (VIDEO)

It sounded like it could be coming from the mouth of Vermont’s famously progressive, Democratic Socialist Senator. The sentiment expressed by the President of the Federal Reserve sounded more like it was coming from one Bernie’s primary rallies than from the man in charge of the nation’s central bank. Nevertheless, in a press briefing in New York […]

Dem Senators: Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Should Pay Election Law Fines (TWEET)

Dem Senators: Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Should Pay Election Law Fines (TWEET)

If you thought that the Republicans were the party of law and order, think again. Common Dreams and the Washington Post report that Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, ran a Political Action Committee (PAC) that deliberately violated Ohio election law and never paid the fine the state imposed. Five Democratic senators wrote a letter […]

How The Lessons Of Occupy Wall Street Can Help In The Time Of Trump (VIDEO)

How The Lessons Of Occupy Wall Street Can Help In The Time Of Trump (VIDEO)

As we begin the long, painful process of post election analysis, progressives should reflect on the lessons learned during the Occupy Wall Street movement. When the movement first arose in the fall of 2011, it was in reaction to the sharp austerity actions being seen and felt around the world. It had become increasing clear that […]

Pharma Bro: Punch Me In The Face For Charity (TWEETS)

Pharma Bro: Punch Me In The Face For Charity (TWEETS)

It sounded too good to be true. And it probably is. Martin Shkreli, a.k.a “pharma bro,” and sometimes called “the most hated man in America,” auctioned off the right to punch him in the face to raise money for a friend’s family. The First Tweet On September 26, Shkreli tweeted that he wanted to raise money for the […]

Trump Claims NY AG Is Extorting Him By Investigating Trump Foundation

Trump Claims NY AG Is Extorting Him By Investigating Trump Foundation

New York Attorney General Erick Schneiderman announced on September 13, 2016 that his office is investigating the Trump Foundation for possible violations of the state’s laws governing charities. Schneiderman said that he was troubled by transactions that had been reported recently. He told CNN that his office had been in contact with the foundation about the investigation, […]

Ivanka Trump Gets Her UNPAID Intern To Write About How To Survive Without Money (VIDEO)

Ivanka Trump Gets Her UNPAID Intern To Write About How To Survive Without Money (VIDEO)

A blogpost written last month by Ivanka Trump’s unpaid copy intern, Quincy Bulin, is setting Twitter on fire. The post is called How to Survive as an Unpaid Intern, and offers seasoned advice from Bulin and her fellow unpaid interns, “With this being my third unpaid summer in New York City, I’ve learned a few tricks, […]

Judge Curiel Rejects Lawyers’ Bid To End Fraud Suit Against Trump University Early (VIDEO)

Judge Curiel Rejects Lawyers’ Bid To End Fraud Suit Against Trump University Early (VIDEO)

On Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s (R-N.Y.) bid to throw out a lawsuit brought by students of the so-called Trump University in California was rejected. The lawsuit, one among many against the defunct school, was brought on by students who were defrauded by the school’s real-estate seminars. The students had paid up to $35,000 […]

Kaine Vows To Lead The Charge To Lower College Costs And Student Debt

Kaine Vows To Lead The Charge To Lower College Costs And Student Debt

We are living in a very real college debt crisis. Americans owe more than $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. This is taking a huge toll on millions of lives across the country. According to Demos, a public policy organization, 80 percent of black students are borrowing money for college. Compare that to the two-thirds of […]

REPORT: Millennials Earning Less Than Previous Generation (VIDEO)

REPORT: Millennials Earning Less Than Previous Generation (VIDEO)

I am a millennial (ages 16 to 35), and I struggle with money. Apparently, I’m not the only one. According to a new report, my generation is likely going to be the first in history that doesn’t earn more than the previous generation. The report, “Stagnation Generation,” claims: “A typical millennial has actually earned £8,000 […]

Young Americans Are Selling Heirlooms To Make Rent Money

Young Americans Are Selling Heirlooms To Make Rent Money

The financial realities of Millennials are generally bleak. Coupled with hounding student loans, a barely thriving housing market, and a lethargic workforce, this bleak situation has really pushed some Millennials over the edge. For some in New York City, that includes selling precious family heirlooms to make rent money. Provident Loan Society of New York […]

WATCH: Bill Maher Rants That Millennials Want ‘A Little Too Much Socialism’

WATCH: Bill Maher Rants That Millennials Want ‘A Little Too Much Socialism’

Bill Maher went on another rant about those damned Millennials – apparently young Americans do not understand socialism, and are too quick to accept it. Maher launches into a tirade, stating that “Millennials are too young to remember the days” of the Soviet Union and its breed of socialism. He further perpetuates the idea that […]