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  • Coming soon to your Bank of America Account - $5/month debit card fees | CALPIRG Students
    either a mortgage at the bank or a lot of money 20 000 in the bank Here s how the rest of us without jets can avoid it Consumers can switch to small banks or credit unions which are not expected to copycat this fee PIRG s Bank Fee Tips To date big banks haven t had to worry about people voting with their feet but maybe this is a fee too far or a fee too high and they will start worrying Recall that earlier this year Chase tested a 5 ATM surcharge in Illinois then dropped it Use simple workarounds use a credit card at the store it s also safer by law or use the debit card at an ATM to get cash ATM transactions do not invoke the fee and then use cash at the store People did that for years until debit cards Some people still do The Durbin swipe fee amendment is good for consumers Merchants will pass along their savings because retail is competitive if they don t pass savings along they will lose business The amendment will also encourage the growth of less risky PIN based instead of fraud prone signature debit card networks such as Visa MC networks Here s Senator Durbin s statement on this new fee More from Candace Choi of the AP via USA Today More from Scott Reckard of the LA Times scroll down and check out the comments from consumers My favorite comment is credit unions for the win Consumer Protection Add new comment 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

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  • UCI collects 75 petitions to make textbooks more affordable | CALPIRG Students
    signatures from 40 campuses from August to October supporting open source textbooks and textbook rental programs By wearing the costumes we were able to draw students over to us and once they realized what our petitions were for few were hesitant to sign We collected 75 petitions signatures at Irvine alone It was a very successful day and a ton of fun Make Textbooks Affordable Textbooks CALPIRG at UC Irvine Add new comment 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 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

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/blogs/ca/uci-collects-75-petitions-make-textbooks-more-affordable (2016-04-29)
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  • Survey: Student Loans | CALPIRG Students
    system Take our quick survey about your student loans and please send the survey to your friends Affordable Higher Education Higher Ed CALPIRG at UC Berkeley CALPIRG at UC Davis CALPIRG at UC Irvine CALPIRG at UC Riverside CALPIRG at UC San Diego CALPIRG at UC Santa Barbara CALPIRG at UC Santa Cruz CALPIRG at UCLA CALPIRG at University of Southern California Add new comment 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 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 Hunger and Homelessness

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  • Fall 2011 Campaigns | CALPIRG Students
    We can help alleviate the suffering of the homeless locally by doing service events and volunteering at shelters We re also working to raise over 20 000 to provide 80 000 meals for children in Somalia Look for our table on Sproul this Friday we re working to raise 1000 Stop Subsidizing Obesity Childhood obesity has quadrupled over the last 40 years and yet our tax dollars are still subsidizing unhealthy food like corn syrup That s kinda f d up so we are working to cut those subsidies billions of dollars a year in the upcoming Farm Bill Come find out how you can help with our grocery store survey that will prove healthy foods are more expensive than junk food Toxics A toxic pesticide known to cause cancer and miscarriages is being used for the first time in years this summer due to heavy lobbying from the company that makes it Methyl iodide can seep into our groundwater putting all of our health at risk Jerry Brown has said he ll take a second look at our use of this toxic pesticide but in order for him to ban it we ll need to make a lot of noise This semester we re collecting over 2000 petitions to the Governor getting grocery stores to sign a code of conduct and working with other local groups to get Jerry Brown to ban methyl iodide for good Affordable Education Right now college is not affordable 2 3 of all graduates have debt when they leave school averaging out to 25 000 per student Over the last couple years CALPIRG helped pass the largest increases to student aid since WWII but that s not enough to make college affordable This semester we ll be working to defend that aid with a

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  • 'Friends with Benefits' Week | CALPIRG Students
    fall by the wayside That s why we re partnering with Young Invincibles to bring you a free Back To School Toolkit that breaks down student options for health coverage in every state and what you should look for when picking out a plan With your help we can make sure that every student on campus has friends with benefits and the information they need to stay healthy this school year Consumer Protection CALPIRG at UC Berkeley CALPIRG at UC Davis CALPIRG at UC Irvine CALPIRG at UC Riverside CALPIRG at UC San Diego CALPIRG at UC Santa Barbara CALPIRG at UC Santa Cruz CALPIRG at UCLA CALPIRG at University of Southern California Add new comment 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

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  • Pell Grants Protected in Budget Cuts | CALPIRG Students
    that higher education provides Workforce projections forecast that by 2018 there will be jobs for as many as 2 2 million new workers with college degrees but on our current trajectory there will be a shortage of 3 million workers who need an associate s degree or higher After years of stagnant funding that failed to keep pace with college costs Congress provided desperately needed changes and funding increases to the Pell Grant program Pell Grants grew from serving just over 5 million students annually in 2006 to now over 9 million students in 2011 The program increased yearly funding from almost 13 billion a year in 2006 to almost 36 billion a year 2011 through the passage of a series of high profile pieces of legislation The maximum Pell Grant grew from 4 310 to 5 550 The recent victory came at a cost In order to make the deal to protect the Pell Grant key benefits were scaled back on graduate student loans In affect some students now face a higher debt burden in order to maintain grant aid As students head back to school this fall we have to be vigilant The fight over cutting the federal budget continues and we can expect more shortsighted proposals to scale back student aid Affordable Higher Education Higher Ed CALPIRG at UC Berkeley CALPIRG at UC Davis CALPIRG at UC Irvine CALPIRG at UC Riverside CALPIRG at UC San Diego CALPIRG at UC Santa Barbara CALPIRG at UC Santa Cruz CALPIRG at UCLA CALPIRG at University of Southern California Add new comment 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

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  • 'Textbook Rebellion' Launches Cross-Country Tour | CALPIRG Students
    are also in a position to usher in change The Textbook Rebellion tour gives students an opportunity to participate in the movement and to raise awareness of new options like open textbooks that are already out there today A new survey released by the Student PIRGs found that 70 student respondents reported not purchasing one or more of their assigned textbooks because the cost was too high Of those students 78 said they generally believed that they would do worse in a course without the required materials There s a growing awareness among professors that textbook costs are an increasing financial burden on students said Dr Charles Stangor Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland and author of an open textbook published by Flat World Knowledge What we need are high quality affordable options like open textbooks and other open resources that give all students access to the knowledge they need to succeed in their courses The Textbook Rebellion was created earlier this year out of widespread frustration with the skyrocketing cost of college textbooks Prices have been rising more than four times the rate of inflation for the past two decades The College Board estimates that the average student will spend 1 137 on textbooks each year Unnecessary new editions expensive bundles and e books that expire are common publishing industry tactics to further increase costs In an economy where a college degree is practically a necessity for securing a good job students need to be able to afford the course materials they need to learn in school said Jamil Scott Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Associated Students of the University of Maryland College Park The Textbook Rebellion coalition released the schedule for the 40 events of its fall semester tour Contact Nicole Allen at 401 484 8104 or nicole studentpirgs org for event details Click here for the latest version of the tour schedule Wed 8 31 University of Maryland Thu 9 1 Rutgers Camden NJ Fri 9 2 Rutgers Newark NJ Rutgers New Brunswick NJ Tue 9 6 UConn Storrs UConn Hartford Trinity College Wed 9 7 UMASS Amherst Worcester State College Thu 9 8 UMASS Boston Boston College Fri 9 9 UMASS Lowell Salem State College Mon 9 12 UMASS Dartmouth Wed 9 14 Indiana University Thu 9 15 University of Wisconsin Madison Fri 9 16 Truman College Wilbur Wright College City Colleges of Chicago Mon 9 19 Colorado University Denver Colorado University Boulder Colorado University Colorado Springs Tue 9 20 University of New Mexico Wed 9 21 University of Arizona Arizona State University Thurs 9 22 University of California Los Angeles University of Southern California Fri 9 23 University of California Irvine University of California Riverside Mon 9 26 University of California San Diego Tue 9 27 University of California Santa Barbara Wed 9 28 University of California Santa Cruz Thu 9 29 University of California Berkeley Fri 9 30 De Anza College City College of San Francisco Mon 10 3 University

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  • Ripoff 101: Tips for Saving on Textbooks | CALPIRG Students
    can sign up for more information here Back in 2003 students across the country were noticing that textbook prices were rising at alarming rate and our student boards decided to launch an investigation into the cause of high textbook prices I have to admit at first we were a little alarmed by the results Textbook prices were rising at 4 times the rate of inflation and publishers were artificially inflating their prices Our staff and students released a series of reports which got a lot of media attention and faculty and congress responded Since 2004 several states have taken legislative action and last summer the national textbook price disclosure law went into effect Now we ve teamed up with other student faculty college and affordable textbook groups to launch a coalition called the Textbook Rebellion which will present a united front against textbook rip offs Good luck Make Textbooks Affordable Textbooks Add new comment Comments aecdbdfv November 5 2012 8 32pm Zsnanytw Canada Goose Jackor Mbxcpeqk Lid Coach Outlet Store Online Jidm reply 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 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

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