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Congress urged to act fast on student loan interest rates

On Tuesday, students delivered 130,000 petitions to Congress urging them to not double interest rates on student loans. US PIRG higher education advocate, Rich Williams, and Save the Bay campaign coordinator Sam Durdock, are featured in the video clip of this media. Read the full story and be sure to visit the web link to see the video!

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.

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Diamondback Editorial about Textbook Costs and Solutions

Yesterday, the Diamondback editorialized about textbook costs and the proposed state law that would create a tax holidays for textbooks during the first 2 weeks of the semester. Unforuntately, this is not a real solution to textbook affordability and the Diamondback agrees. Check out the full article and the quotes from our US PIRG report about textbook affordability.

Maryland Should Actually Make Textbooks More Affordable

By | Brian Compere
Media Coordinator

As The Diamondback pointed out in its staff editorial Monday, there are other ways to alleviate students’ financial burdens of overly expensive textbooks. Other states have already produced viable alternatives to tax-exemption legislation. Check out the full story!

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In the annual State of the Union Address, President Obama proposed measures to bring relief to almost 8 million students who will see their student loan interest rates double on new loans starting July 1st, 2012.

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News Release | Higher Ed

College Students ‘Subprimed’

Many of today’s college students face unnecessary financial risks by relying on unregulated private student loans to pay for college, with some students paying up to 18 percent interest.

News Release | Higher Ed

New Consumer Finance Chief Can Lower Student Debt

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Obama is taking a bold step to protect student consumers from financial tricks and traps by announcing a recess appointment of his well-qualified nominee, Richard Cordray, to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB can improve private student loans as well as credit cards and debit cards issued on campus.

Top Priorities

  • Register UMD students to vote
  • Make textbooks more affordable
  • Increase the amount of solar energy used in Maryland 
  • Save the bees
  • Alleviate hunger & homelessness 
  • Get big money out of politics


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