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  • Avoid the Debt Trap! | CALPIRG Students
    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 Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Blog Posts by Campaign Affordable Higher Education 21st Century Transportation Great Pacific Cleanup Campaign Against

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/blogs/ca/avoid-debt-trap (2016-04-29)
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  • Student Consumer Action Network | CALPIRG Students
    Credit Cards Spring Break and Travel Ripoffs Cell Phones Health Insurance Private Student Loans Thank President Obama for protecting consumers Issue updates Resource Consumer Protection SO YOU NEED HEALTH INSURANCE NOW WHAT Summary Having the facts can make all the difference when it comes to health insurance To make the most of new choices protections and financial help you need good information This guide can help you find quality coverage that won t break the bank Keep Reading Resource Consumer Protection Toy Safety Tips Summary From toxic chemicals to choking hazards to dangerous magnets see what dangerous toys to watch out for while you shop Keep Reading Report Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland The 2012 Trouble in Toyland report is the 27th annual U S Public Interest Research Group survey of toy safety In this report U S PIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection New Account Fraud The California Public Interest Research Group has released a new report on identity theft that should raise some eyebrows Pulling together statistics from the High Technology Theft Apprehension and Prosecution program the Federal Trade Commission Javelin Strategy and Research and other credible sources CALPIRG paints an increasingly bleak picture concerning financial identity theft Of greatest interest to your Guide was the information on new account fraud Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection Financial loss from identity theft increasing report says Fewer people were victims of identity theft last year than in 2010 but each person lost substantially more money according to a new report by the California Public Interest Research Group Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/ca/student-consumer-action-network?page=1 (2016-04-29)
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  • Student Consumer Action Network | CALPIRG Students
    Student Loans Thank President Obama for protecting consumers Issue updates Media Hit Consumer Protection Californians Facing New Identity Theft Threats Study Says California has the highest number of identity theft complaints in the nation and the average cost to victims is skyrocketing Keep Reading Report Consumer Protection Higher Ed Student Debt The Campus Debit Card Trap Banks and other financial firms are taking advantage of a variety of opportunities to form partnerships with colleges and universities to produce campus student ID cards and to offer student aid disbursements on debit or prepaid cards In addition to on campus services such as student ID functions offered on the card some cards offer traditional debit card services linked to bank accounts other cards provide additional reloadable prepaid card functions The disbursement of financial aid and university refunds is the most significant partnership identified Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection Political Blotter Santorum in Alamo Citizens United in the cross hairs Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will visit the East Bay for a fundraising event next Thursday evening Keep Reading Resource Consumer Protection FAILbook Summary Facebook makes it pretty tough for you to control who gets to see your personal information This guide will walk you through step by step how to adjust your settings to control who can see your information on Facebook Keep Reading Resource Consumer Protection CALPIRG Apartment Hunting Guide Summary Finding a new apartment can be a daunting experience There are a ton of choices lease terms can be confusing and just about everyone knows someone who had a bad experience with an apartment or landlord This guide is designed to provide some simple tips for prospective student renters to help you avoid getting ripped off by a bad landlord or experiencing unforeseen problems with renting Keep Reading Pages

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/ca/student-consumer-action-network?page=2 (2016-04-29)
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  • Student Consumer Action Network | CALPIRG Students
    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 Keep Reading Report CalPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection A Consumers Guide to a New Cell Phone Plan It is a challenge to save money when shopping for a cell phone but it needn t be The California Public Interest Research Education Fund CALPIRG released a new cell phone shoppers guide titled Making the Right Call A Consumers Guide to a New Cell Phone Plan offering simple tips consumers can take to save money when buying a new cell phone Keep Reading News Release CALPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection CALPIRG Releases New Shopping Guide For Cell Phones San Francisco CA It is a challenge to save money when shopping for a cell phone but it needn t be The California Public Interest Research Education Fund CALPIRG released today a new cell phone shoppers guide titled Making the Right Call A Consumers Guide to a New Cell Phone Plan offering simple tips consumers can take to save money when buying a new cell phone Keep Reading Resource Consumer Protection Student Consumer Action Network Project Packet Summary Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the consumer campaign on your campus Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection Saving Dollars Saving Democracy Cost Savings for Local Elections Officials Through Voter Registration Modernization Millions are being wasted due to antiquated voter registration systems and procedures U S PIRG Education Fund s survey of 100 counties showed that over 33 467 910 00 of public money was spent on simple registration implementation and error correction issues in 2008 The Fund finds that a more streamlined and automatic system linking

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/ca/student-consumer-action-network?page=3 (2016-04-29)
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  • Student Consumer Action Network | CALPIRG Students
    Cell Phones Health Insurance Private Student Loans Thank President Obama for protecting consumers Issue updates Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection Cutting Interest Rates Lowering Student Debt Updated About 5 5 million undergraduate borrowers took out subsidized Stafford loans in 2005 2006 Most of these borrowers came from predominately low and middle income families As an effort to making college more affordable cutting interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans will result in significant savings Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection Cutting Interest Rates Lowering Student Debt Updated About 5 5 million undergraduate borrowers took out subsidized Stafford loans in 2005 2006 Most of these borrowers came from predominately low and middle income families As an effort to making college more affordable cutting interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans will result in significant savings Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection Obama s Budget Supporting Students not Banks A report by the USPIRG Higher Education Project estimates the impact of transferring 5 billion in student lender bank subsidies to Pell Grant recipients in each state Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection Working Too Hard to Make the Grade How fewer work hours and more financial aid can help California community college students succeed Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection Course Correction How Digital Textbooks are Off Track and How to Set Them Straight The Student PIRGs conducted this study to determine how digital textbooks can live up to their potential as a solution Through a survey of 504 students from Oregon and Illinois and 50 commonly assigned textbook titles we confirm three fundamental criteria affordability printing options and accessibility We found that publishers digital e textbooks fail to meet these criteria and that an emerging form of digital textbooks open textbooks are a perfect match Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2

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  • Student Consumer Action Network | CALPIRG Students
    Protection A Cover to Cover Solution How Open Textbooks are the Path to Textbook Affordability College textbook prices have skyrocketed in recent years threatening the affordability and accessibility of higher education in America The average student spends 900 on textbooks annually which can be the tipping point between affording a degree and dropping out because of cost As prices continue to rise the need for solutions is increasingly urgent This report looks at some of the solutions Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection Diagnosing the High Cost of Health Care How Spending on Unnecessary Treatments Administrative Waste and Overpriced Drugs Inflates the Cost of Health Care in California By finding ways to cut waste in its health care system and to reform an incentive structure that encourages overspending California can reduce the burden that health care costs impose on our economy Keep Reading Report Consumer Protection The Small Business Dilemma How Rising Health Care Costs are Tough on Small Business Three hundred and forty three small business owners and managers across the country made their views heard through a survey which investigated the impact of health care costs on their businesses Keep Reading Report Consumer Protection The Three Trillion Dollar Question What Health Care Reform Can Save For Families Businesses and Taxpayers Without health care reform the United States is projected to spend over 40 trillion on health care in the next decade Experts estimate that thirty percent of that spending up to 12 trillion dollars will be wasted on ineffective care pointless red tape and counterproductive treatments that can actually harm patients Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection Uncovered How California s health care system fails young people Young people including college students are on the front lines of the health care crisis This report explores the under appreciated

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  • Student Consumer Action Network | CALPIRG Students
    we re particularly vulnerable to some specific consumer issues Online Privacy Identity Theft Renters Rights Student Tax Breaks Credit Cards Spring Break and Travel Ripoffs Cell Phones Health Insurance Private Student Loans Thank President Obama for protecting consumers Issue updates Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection Building a Better Health Care Marketplace California needs a strong pro consumer exchange that lives up to its promise of a better marketplace Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection Apples to Twinkies Childhood obesity is skyrocketing and yet shockingly American taxpayers are spending billions of dollars subsidizing junk food ingredients making the problem worse This report outlines how many tax payer dollars are going to junk food ingredients Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection Making the Grade Health care exchanges are one of the most important policy solutions for addressing the twin problem of affordability and quality Our report grades exchanges across the country on their potential for lowering cost while improving the quality of health care Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection High Speed Rail Public Private or Both Private sector companies are likely to play a major role in the construction of high speed rail lines in the United States Public private partnerships or PPPs have come to play an important role in the construction of high speed rail lines around the world Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection The Campus Credit Card Trap A Survey of College Students and Credit Card Marketing The results of a nationwide USPIRG survey of more than 1500 students at 40 colleges in 14 states show that students overwhelmingly support limits on campus credit card marketing Keep Reading Pages first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next last View All RSS Feed About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/ca/student-consumer-action-network?page=6 (2016-04-29)
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  • Student Consumer Action Network | CALPIRG Students
    the year of the recall But in 2008 recalls are up according to Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC data Already as these data show more toys and children s products have been recalled in the first half of this year than in the first half of last year a supposed 100 year flood period Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection Trouble In Toyland The 23rd Annual Toy Safety Survey The 2008 Trouble in Toyland report is the 23rd annual Public Interest Research Group PIRG survey of toy safety This report provides safety guidelines for parents when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection Trouble In Toyland The 25th Annual Survey of Toy Safety The 2010 Trouble in Toyland report is the 25th annual Public Interest Research Group PIRG survey of toy safety In this report U S PIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection The Cost of Repeal for Young Adults Examining the Impact of Repealing the New Federal Health Care Law on Young Adults In this report U S PIRG has examined official research data and projections from independent sources to provide a detailed picture of repeal s impact on young adults The evidence reveals that young people would face significant costs if the Affordable Care Act is repealed Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Consumer Protection Toward Common Ground Bridging the Political Divide to Reduce Spending Our nation faces unprecedented fiscal challenges as the commitments we ve made now and into the future far outpace our fiscal capacity Congress the President s National Commission on

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/ca/student-consumer-action-network?page=7 (2016-04-29)
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