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  • Victory for Students. | CALPIRG Students
    we still have a long way to go to make college affordable That s why it s so important that Congress knows that this means something to students Click here to add you name to our Thank You to Congress and the President We ve worked hard to protect and expand student aid We helped pass the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act which increased the Pell Grant capped monthly loan payments and bolstered community colleges It was funded by cutting wasteful subsidies to banks and private lenders There s still much more to be done Today I m glad we re moving in the right direction Affordable Higher Education Higher Ed Student Debt About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/blogs/ca/victory-students (2016-04-29)
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  • RESPONDING TO STUDENTS, CONGRESS EXTENDS LOW COLLEGE LOAN RATE | CALPIRG Students
    election would act on this critical issue Yet a wave of student and borrower mobilization changed the political calculus confirming that college affordability is a key concern for young people their families and anyone who cares about the U S having a high skill competitive economy Today s victory is another important step in getting rising student loan debt under control When Congress considers further action to decrease student loan debt they ll know that students are paying close attention Students and borrowers saddled with debt all across the country made their voices heard In March dozens of students gathered in front of the Capitol to deliver over 130 000 letters telling Congress Don t Double My Rate In May and June students lobbied their lawmakers and participated in media events to amplify their voices Student body presidents across the country rallied their campuses with 275 presidents writing letters to their lawmakers and newspapers demanding action to extend the current low rate Widespread action across the country continues to show Americans strongly support making college affordable A large coalition of student youth consumer parent higher education and religious groups organized dozens of on the ground events in districts and mobilized hundreds of thousands of citizens to call or write their lawmakers The House of Representatives passed legislation on Friday with a strong bi partisan vote of 373 52 and the Senate passed the bill with a 74 19 vote The student loan provisions were included in H R 4348 which included a package of issues including the 2 year reauthorization of the transportation bill The President is expected to sign the bill before Sunday About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara

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  • Banks Skim Millions In Fees from Student Aid | CALPIRG Students
    well structured debit card program can provide benefits to students but many current programs provide little to no choice while high fees on grant and loan money leave students in deeper debt Every penny of financial aid money should go to educational expenses not an education in high bank fees said Jon Fox Additional findings from the report include 1 Millions of students are affected Almost 900 of the 7 300 campuses participating in the federal financial aid program now have a banking partnership Higher One the biggest financial firm has partnerships with 520 colleges that enroll 4 3 million students Currently 12 5 or 1 in 8 of all federal aid recipients nationally disburse their aid money into a Higher One OneAccount Wells Fargo the biggest bank in the market partners with 43 campuses that enroll over 2 million students Many of the country s largest colleges already have agreements Currently 32 of the 50 largest public 4 year universities 26 of the largest 50 community colleges and 6 of the largest 20 private not for profit schools have debit or prepaid card contracts with a bank or a financial firm according to CALPIRG Education Fund research 2 There is big money at stake The biggest firm in the business Higher One makes 80 of its revenues by siphoning fees from student aid disbursement cards totaling 142 5 million of its 176 3 million total revenues in 2011 according to SEC filings These fees include ATM and other transaction fees overdraft fees and interchange fees imposed on merchants who accept cards 3 The most impacted students are among the neediest Students most reliant on financial aid come from low and moderate income backgrounds Roughly 40 of freshmen are first generation college students and 25 of all students are both first generation and low income 4 The service appears to be endorsed by the colleges Huntington Bank paid 25 million to co brand and link their checking accounts with Ohio State University student IDs Other schools receive substantial payouts revenue sharing deals and large reductions in administrative costs Many bank contracts require aid recipients to visit the provider s website before they choose how to receive their aid into an existing account on a check or on a disbursement card again implying an endorsement added Jon Fox These relationships create at least the appearance of a conflict of interest as schools may be tempted to choose the arrangement that gives them the most money rather than the arrangement that gives their students the best deal The campus debit card marketplace is tilted so that students can t get a fair deal said Jon Fox Campus administrations and policymakers have the power to clean it up Jon Fox also urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to upgrade consumer protections on prepaid cards The report includes recommendations to colleges and policy makers such as taking steps to ensure students have an unbiased choice of where to bank and that there are no

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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    make them more affordable More Los Angeles Times U S spending billions to subsidize junk food study says Are farm subsidies making us fat Billions in taxpayer dollars are going to support high fructose corn syrup and three other common food additives used in junk food according to a report released this week by the California Public Interest Research Group and the U S PIRG Education Fund both consumer advocacy groups More Merced Sun Star UC Students replace lightbulbs at Merced Fairgrounds Video CALPIRG s Energy Service Corps spent their spring break week weatherizing the Merced fairgrounds building Click on link to watch More Pages first previous 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 next last View All CALPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Volunteers make props for upcoming hunger and homelessness events California Water Watch Learn More Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using three times as much water as we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today California GO Solar Learn More Every hour the sun

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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    year More UCSB Daily News Letter Student Groups Come Together to Ban Plastic Bags Student groups at UCSB including the Associated Students Coastal Fund Environmental Affairs Board Isla Vista Surfrider Foundation and CalPirg have banded together with campus administration and the Plastic Pollution Coalition to make a profound impact on the campus community and the City of Santa Barbara More The Washington Post Obama Romney focus on student debt as campaign issue This should send a clear message to Congress that this is a common sense nonpartisan issue said Rich Williams higher education advocate for U S PIRG More Pages first previous 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 next last View All CALPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Volunteers make props for upcoming hunger and homelessness events California Water Watch Learn More Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using three times as much water as we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today California GO Solar Learn More Every hour the sun shines more energy onto the

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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    student volunteers will perform free energy audits and weatherizations of homes and buildings in Truckee They will also teach energy conservation lessons in schools and run a workshop for community members about energy use and energy efficiency The energy workshop and weatherization for Tuesday March 27 3 6 p m at High Fives Nonprofit Foundation 10775 Pioneer Trail Truckee has been canceled More USA Today Groups target textbook prices to rein in college costs A push to create free or inexpensive textbooks is gaining momentum as educators philanthropists and policymakers nationwide search for new ways to rein in college costs More Pages first previous 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 next last View All CALPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Volunteers make props for upcoming hunger and homelessness events California Water Watch Learn More Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using three times as much water as we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today California GO Solar Learn More Every hour the sun shines more energy

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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    High Speed Rail for California While the rest of L A County was holding their breath on the L A County transit tax ballot proposition known as Measure R in 2008 CALPIRG was more concerned with a state bonding proposition that would set aside billions for the California High Speed Rail Project More ATVN USC Sustainability Practices Revaluated As news goals are set for eco friendly learning environments this week USC sustainability standards fall under scrutiny More Pages first previous 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 next last View All CALPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Volunteers make props for upcoming hunger and homelessness events California Water Watch Learn More Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using three times as much water as we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today California GO Solar Learn More Every hour the sun shines more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in a year By capturing just a tiny fraction of this energy we can decrease

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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    bags listening to the voices of students and community members who support protecting the ocean and reducing plastic pollution More Pages first previous 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 next last Visit Our Blog CALPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Volunteers make props for upcoming hunger and homelessness events California Water Watch Learn More Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using three times as much water as we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today California GO Solar Learn More Every hour the sun shines more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in a year By capturing just a tiny fraction of this energy we can decrease our dependence on fossil fuels reduce global warming pollution and create thousands of new jobs Join our campaign to get California cities to GO SOLAR Take Action to Save Water Take Action Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using way more water than we need to Students are leading the

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