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  • Obama, Romney focus on student debt as campaign issue | MASSPIRG Students
    for the People and the Press We think that he has the right vision and the right answers that are going appeal to those voters The topic that we ve been discussing today is a great example of why said James Kvaal policy director for the Obama campaign However a survey released last week by Georgetown University and the Public Religion Research Institute found that fewer than half of young voters say they are certain to show up at the polls this time They rank jobs and unemployment as their most critical issue according to the survey with the federal deficit and education nearly tied for second place The debate over what to do about the nation s 1 trillion in student loan debt speaks directly to all of those concerns Many graduates have struggled to find jobs in the tight labor market and have fallen behind on their college loans in the process Another study by Pew found that those debts have made it harder for many young people to buy a home and have affected their career choices That has prompted rallies at college campuses across the country calling for an extension of low interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans The rates were reduced to 3 4 percent in 2007 but will double on July 1 for new loans According to the White House about 7 million students would be affected and the increase could cost them as much as 5 000 over the next decade Democratic lawmakers have proposed bills in both chambers that would extend the current rates through next year but some Republicans have balked at the 6 billion price tag On Monday Sen Tom Harkin D Iowa chairman of the education committee said he would introduce new legislation on the issue later this week Romney s support for the issue could help push it through the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill However the candidate cautioned that the extension should be paid for in a way that doesn t harm the job prospects of young Americans Still the Obama campaign accused Romney of switching positions and supporting cuts to popular Pell Grants And some Democratic lawmakers remained skeptical of Romney s intentions If they re just going to say we re for it but not for paying for it any way that can pass and not for not paying for it then it s a game Sen Charles E Schumer D N Y said But if they re serious we want to pass this Harkin said that he opposed cutting other areas of education to pay for the extension but he had not yet identified another source of revenue Nevertheless Romney s comments fueled hope among consumer activists for the bill s prospects 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 Staff writer Rosalind S Helderman contributed to this report Sonmez reported from Pennsylvania About Us

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  • New York Times: Student Loan Interest Rates Loom as Political Battle | MASSPIRG Students
    interest rate increase has landed deep in the chasm separating Democrats from Republicans who accuse the president of using the issue in a fiscally irresponsible way in an attempt to buy the youth vote The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that a one year freeze on the interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans would cost 6 billion Bad policy based on lofty campaign promises has put us in an untenable situation said John P Kline Jr the Minnesota Republican who is chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce The low interest rate stemmed from the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act which reduced interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans over the following four academic years from 6 8 percent to the current 3 4 percent with the proviso that the rates would revert to 6 8 percent this July Extending the low rate would be too costly Mr Kline said We must now choose between allowing interest rates to rise or piling billions of dollars on the backs of taxpayers he said I have serious concerns about any proposal that simply kicks the can down the road and creates more uncertainty in the long run which is what put us in this situation in the first place Mr Kline who earlier this year called the interest rate hike a ticking time bomb set by Democrats said he was exploring other options in hopes of finding a solution that served borrowers and taxpayers equally well When the 2007 law was passed 77 Republicans most of whom are still in Congress voted for it But in the current climate of fractious partisanship new legislation introduced by Representative Joe Courtney to extend the lower rate has 127 co sponsors all of them Democrats Mr Courtney said he was hopeful that some Republican support would be forthcoming as the political stakes became more apparent The visibility of this issue is going to continue to grow as we get closer to the deadline he said The response of students and parents is one of disbelief that interest is going to double at a time when interest rates are so low and I think it s very politically dangerous for Republicans to stonewall this Rich Williams the higher education advocate for U S Public Interest Research Group said he thought about 14 moderate Republican senators might support the effort to keep the interest rates down This should be a bipartisan issue he said It s something everyone gets Outside Congress even some of the strongest student aid advocates debate the question While nearly everyone is in favor of the broad goal of college affordability some experts point out that even 6 8 percent is lower than the rate on most private student loans And they question whether it is worth risking cutbacks in the Pell program for low income students one possible consequence of using more federal money to keep interest rates low on the Stafford loans which are in wide use

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  • This Semester's Top Campaign: The Bigger Better Bottle Bill | MASSPIRG Students
    collect 100 000 citizen signatures to qualify the Bottle Bill for the 2014 ballot This will be the largest student run field operation in the state this year Here at Westfield State we ll be collecting 2 000 citizen signatures on campus and in the wider community I m really excited to start working with faculty and staff local elected officials and MASSPIRG student chapters across the state See you on campus Charlotte Sustainability Waste About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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

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  • Middlesex Bigger Better Bottle Bill | MASSPIRG Students
    ve decided enough is enough so we re taking this issue to the people This fall we re collecting over 100 000 citizen signatures to qualify for the 2014 ballot This will be the largest student run field operation in the state this year It was students who helped pass the original Bottle Bill back in the 80s and we can do it again Come join MASSPIRG at Middlesex Community College for the largest student run field operation in the state this year and together we will collect 1 000 petition signatures educate the public about the need for the updated Bottle Bill and give the public the choice to increase recycling in Massachusetts It was students who helped pass the bottle bill back in the 80s and we can do it again So join the campaign and help us make history Cheers MDT About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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 Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources MASSPIRG Students in

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  • Middlesex Bigger Better Bottle Bill | MASSPIRG Students
    ve decided enough is enough so we re taking this issue to the people This fall we re collecting over 100 000 citizen signatures to qualify for the 2014 ballot This will be the largest student run field operation in the state this year It was students who helped pass the original Bottle Bill back in the 80s and we can do it again Come join MASSPIRG at Middlesex Community College for the largest student run field operation in the state this year and together we will collect 1 000 petition signatures educate the public about the need for the updated Bottle Bill and give the public the choice to increase recycling in Massachusetts It was students who helped pass the bottle bill back in the 80s and we can do it again So join the campaign and help us make history Cheers MDT About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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 Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources MASSPIRG Students in

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  • This Semester's Top Campaign: The Bigger Better Bottle Bill | MASSPIRG Students
    collect 100 000 citizen signatures to qualify the Bottle Bill for the 2014 ballot This will be the largest student run field operation in the state this year Here at Westfield State we ll be collecting 2 000 citizen signatures on campus and in the wider community I m really excited to start working with faculty and staff local elected officials and MASSPIRG student chapters across the state See you on campus Charlotte Sustainability Waste About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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

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  • MASSPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    trillion we can agree on Dierdre Cummings the tax and budget program and legislative director for MASSPIRG joins forces with Andrew Moylan of the National Taxpayers Union to propose common sense solutions to cut the decifit More CBS News VIDEO Should gov t subsidize crops used in junk food CBS News covers US PIRG s Apples to Twinkies report More SalemPatch SSU Students Tweet for High Speed Trains Students at Salem State University tweeted photo petitions to Sen Scott Brown in support of high speed rail More Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 next last View All MASSPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose with Chancellor Motley Students at UMASS Lowell and Dean of Students Larry Siegel support ending agricultural subsidies for unhealthy fiood Tell Your Elected Leaders Support 100 Clean Energy Take Action

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  • 130,000 Letters Tell Congress: Don't Double Student Loan Debt | MASSPIRG Students
    loan than they otherwise would This blow comes as student loan debt officially eclipses all credit card debt surpassing the 1 trillion mark This is because more students are borrowing loans and they are borrowing more of them Over the past decade the number of students taking out loans to pay for college has grown from less than one half to two thirds and the amount of student loan debt those graduates now hold has more than doubled from 12 000 to 25 000 With college costs rising struggling family finances and an uncertain job market for graduates the last things we should do is let student loan interest rates double That s why students from across the country descended onto the Capitol this month to announce the collection and delivery of over 130 000 letters to Congress to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling this summer About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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 Media Hits by Campaign Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources MASSPIRG Students

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