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Virginians, share your student loan debt story!

Student loans aren’t statistics. All too often, the heavy burden of student loan debt holds many Virginians back from pursuing the career of their choosing, owning a home--or even being able to pay rent or afford groceries.
 

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Sign the petition to cancel Corinthian students’ loans!

16,000 students were recently displaced from college — and it wasn’t because of a catastrophic event.

Corinthian Colleges closed 28 campuses April 27, months after being added to the U.S. Department of Education’s “heightened cash monitoring” watch list, because it couldn’t get its financial act together. Now, the department is considering whether to cancel Corinthian students’ loans.

We think the Department of Education should cancel Corinthian students' loans. If you do too, add your name to this petition.

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Sign our petition asking your member of Congress to support the Middle Class CHANCE Act, Pell Grants

7/9/2014. Millions of Americans depend on Pell Grants to be make college more affordable. Research has shown that need-based grant aid, like Pell Grants, increases college enrollment among low- and moderate-income individuals. But with college costs skyrocketing over the last three decades, Pell Grants have lost much of their purchasing power. The Middle Class CHANCE Act, introduced in the Senate by Sens. Mary Landrieu (LA) and Mazie Hirono (HI), and the House by Rep. Loretta Sanchez (CA-16) will increase the maximum award of Pell Grants, and restore year-round Pell Grants, among other things.

Sign the petition in support of the Middle Class CHANCE Act.

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Tell U.S. Dept. of Ed. We Need A Stronger “Gainful Employment” Rule To Protect Students

5/9/2014. Last month, the U.S. Department of Education released its draft regulation that will take federal aid dollars away from career education programs that rip students off. While this is good news, the Department has not gone far enough to protect students who frequently leave these programs with a meaningless degree, or no degree at all, and huge sums of debt. Students desperately need a strong rule to ensure that the schools that they are going to meet minimal standards of quality and cost. Taxpayers also need a strong rule to make sure that they are seeing value for the billions of federal dollars that these schools collect from student financial aid sources.
 
Tell the Department we need a stronger final rule that protects students from dangerous career education programs and provides relief to those who have fallen prey. We’ve provided a sample letter for you to use. 

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Tell Congress: Student Loan Interest Rates Need a Cap!

Members of Congress are viewing the president’s dangerous plan for student loan reform as a "bright spot" in his budget plan.

This new plan could see our student debt soaring to new levels by tying the student interest rate to a very unpredictable market rate and it is nothing close to being a bright spot.

Tell your member of Congress that President Obama's plan needs an interest rate cap, stat!

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Vote NO to the Student Loan Certainty Act!

Members of Congress are being pressured by the White House to move forward on a deal that is bad for students. With the Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, the government stands to make $184 billion over 10 years off the backs of hard-working students, pushing them further into debt and making it harder to pay for college.

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